Lehigh Valley Arts Council
|The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce the release of the new ARTix Passport to the Arts, a buy-one, get-one-free ticket to eighteen arts and cultural venues through June 30, 2016. This popular arts promotional campaign introduces the community to a splendid array of dance, musical, theatrical, and historical offerings.
There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy—from symphonic to folk music, fine arts to vintage cars, Shakespeare to Broadway musicals—fun and entertainment for the entire family. “Arts experiences build memories and nurture community through a shared experience,” says Randall Forte, Arts Council Executive Director. “Oftentimes, they provide opportunity to get together and stay connected with our friends, neighbors, and family.”
As a value-added membership benefit, the Arts Council welcomes new members throughout the year. Join today and receive your very own ARTix Passport to the Arts. With passport in hand, you can start booking travel plans to attend the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, the Sigal Museum, Godfrey Daniels—and many more! Members also receive discounts to seminars, backstage cultural tours, and arts services, subscriptions to the bimonthly Inside the Arts / Arts Calendar and Lehigh Valley Style, and free admission to the annual spring and fall membership receptions.
The Passport is also distributed to real estate and corporate relocation offices in order to introduce new residents to the variety of arts programming in the region. Volunteers and staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network also receive the passport, which promotes the arts are part of a healthy lifestyle.
“The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is proud to provide regional leadership that advances the arts in this growing community,” says Forte. ARTix Passport is made possible through the support of Christmas City Printing, The County of Lehigh, PPL, and The Harry C. Trexler Trust.
The Celtic Cultural Alliance, host of the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, has set out to create one of the largest beer tastings in the Lehigh Valley (over 61 breweries participating).
Lehigh Valley HopsFest will happen on June 13th on the Celtic Classic competition field (Main & Lehigh Sts., Bethlehem). This fundraiser has been created to help us grow our mission of promoting and preserving the Celtic culture.
Click the link for more information and to buy tickets: http://www.celticfest.org/lv_hopsfest
Northampton and Lehigh counties stand to receive a combined $627,795 in 2014 impact fees from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale geological formation.
State Rep. Justin Simmons announced the checks will be distributed by July 1 from fees imposed last calendar year on drilling companies under Pennsylvania’s Act 13.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission distributes the Marcellus Legacy Fund money from 40 percent of collected impact fees, said Simmons, a Republican whose 131st District covers parts of Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Bethlehem’s Steeples and Steel Tours are returning this summer.
Put on by the South Bethlehem Historical Society and the Steelworkers’ Archives, the guided tours include visits to both the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site and historic South Side churches.
The two groups jointly debuted the tours last year and they were very successful, organizers said.
This year’s tours are scheduled for June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31. The tours are two hours and include one hour at Steel and one hour at a specific South Side church. There are 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tour sessions.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is looking to almost double its Muhlenberg hospital in Bethlehem, according to new plans submitted to the city.
LVHN has proposed a six-story, 155-bed addition to its current 188-bed Schoenersville Road hospital. The plans have been submitted to Bethlehem but haven’t yet been scheduled for consideration, Bethlehem Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning Tracy Samuelson said.
LVHN spokesman Brian Downs declined Monday to discuss the plans, calling them preliminary.
“We’re considering things all the time,” he said.
As Downtown Easton began its resurgence in recent years, first came nighttime foot traffic from people going to restaurants.
After the Pomeroy’s Lofts opened in the 300 block of Northampton Street, that added to the evening surge on the city’s sidewalks and into the city’s bars.
The Crayola Experience on Centre Square has for years provided a daytime tourist presence, and new retail locations and the farmers market have put some feet on the streets during daylight.
When Pomeroy’s developer Mark Mulligan bought the Wolf Building on North Second Street for conversion to apartments after Northampton County moved its human services operation to Bethlehem Township, the daytime/nighttime equation seemed to slide further out of balance.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem,
Bach Festival Orchestra
& Caroline Goulding
in her Bethlehem debut
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|In the increasingly competitive environment for arts funding, artists and emerging organizations are finding both access and success through crowdsourcing platforms.
As part of its Professional Development Series, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council is presenting a crowdfunding seminar, featuring the largest arts fiscal sponsor in the country, Fractured Atlas, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Penn State Lehigh Valley from 5:30 to 8:00PM.
Fractured Atlas helps more than 3,500 artists and organizations in every discipline to find funding and other resources to support their creative projects. With fiscal sponsorship, one can solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants; the sponsored “project” might be a one-time collaboration or an independent artist or even an arts organization that does not have its own 501(c)(3) status.
“The popularity of crowdfunding is definitely on the rise,” says Randall Forte, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council. “We are pleased to offer the arts community this opportunity to learn first-hand how it works.”
Fractured Atlas Project Specialist Theresa Hubbard from the New York office will serve on a panel with local arts professionals who have used the program. Hubbard will explain the application process and the many of the ancillary benefits that the company provides, such as marketing and ticketing services.
The basic criteria for eligibility to attain a fiscal sponsorship are:
|Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) provides state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL administers these grants in Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon County on behalf of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities.
The PPA 2015-2016 Project Stream deadline is June 22, 2015. Grants awarded will provide up to $2,500 to eligible individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations to conduct arts projects which have a significant public component. The grant application and award process is locally administered by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council staff, who then convene advisory panels from the local cultural community to review the applications according to PCA guidelines.
To encourage participation in the application process, Lehigh Valley Arts Council hosts free planning workshops for anyone who is planning to submit an application. New and returning applicants have found these sessions critical to their success in meeting the demands of a compelling, competitive proposal. Artists, grant writers, and volunteers will have the opportunity to review PCA’s eligibility rules; detailed criteria, narrative and budget requirements; and digital work samples that make a successful application.
To register for one of these 2015 Project Stream workshops sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, email Marilyn Roberts at email@example.com. Include your organization and/or artist name, preferred email and phone contact information, and a brief description of the project you are considering. You will be sent confirmation of your workshop date, location details, and links to the application materials.
FREE PROJECT GRANT WORKSHOPS 2015:
For information on Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts recipients from our region, visit our website at www.lvartscouncil.org/program. Email questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel Bethlehem has earned a hat trick of brunch awards.
For the third year, the hotel’s Sunday Musical Brunch in the Tap Room has earned a spot in the top 100 brunches list from OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards.
The list is compiled by five million reviews through the last year from OpenTable diners, according to a news release.
Wal-Mart is holding a job fair in Easton on Friday for its second distribution center in Bethlehem.
The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at ProJeCt of Easton’s Fowler Literacy Center at 200 Ferry St.
Online applications for unloaders, processors, order fillers and breakpack positions may be completed at the job fair, ProJeCt said. Representatives from Wal-Mart will be available to assist in the application process.
Developer Dennis Benner is proceeding with his long-held plans for a 7-story building at Third and New streets in Bethlehem.
Benner originally intended six floors of offices with first-floor retail on the corner but his new plans submitted to the city show one floor of retail, four floors of offices and two floors of apartments.
His plans will go before the South Bethlehem Historic Conservation District for review at 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.
Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2015/04/dennis_benner_proceeding_with.html
Bethlehem received a coveted City Revitalization and Improvement Zone because its application for the state economic development tool was chock-full of shovel-ready projects.
The incentive was expected to allow for plans for a Bass Pro Shops, convention center and second hotel at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to be approved by the middle of last year. Plans for the long-stalled redevelopment of Martin Tower also were supposed to be completed by mid-2014.
But now 16 months after Bethlehem’z CRIZ designation was awarded, most of the projects the incentive was supposed to springboard are still stalled.
Officials say anticipated redevelopment has been slowed by having to start a new city authority, getting answers from the state and by the fact that the CRIZ economic development benefits pale compared to Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem
- Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
- Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in Eb Major, K. 428
- Schnittke: String Quartet No. 2
The original “Girls Night Out” group that started it all celebrates 25 years of fan favorites with their signature heavenly harmonies and classic killer comedy! It’s the BEST estrogen fueled musical review EVAH from the BEST of the 4 Bitchin Babes!
“The traveling Oprah Winfreys” – The Boston Globe
(patrons will be seated upon arrival)
Rush Tickets available online only through the Lehigh Valley Arts Council
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Easton, PA 18042
Looking to enjoy the sunny forecast on Saturday?
Spring into Easton returns noon to 4 p.m. The free event welcomes visitors to peruse Downtown Easton’s shops. Each participating shop will be partnered with an Easton restaurant that will be offering samples.
According to a news release, 26 participating shops will also have game cards that visitors can pick up and get stamped throughout the day at each shop. A full card can be dropped off at a concierge booth in Centre Square to be eligible to win Downtown Easton Gift Cards.
Check out the participating shops and figure out where to go for your favorite restaurant’s samples.
The Bethlehem Planning Commission on Thursday approved construction of 30 apartments on two vacant parking lots off East Elizabeth Avenue.
Peron Development hopes to start construction on the three-story apartment building at Chelsea Avenue and East Greenwich Street within 90 days, company Director of Development Rob de Beer said.
Peron also is about to start on the construction of 110 apartments on East Third Street on the South Side.
“There’s that much significant interest for living in Bethlehem and we want to meet that demand,” de Beer said.
If it seems the Lehigh Valley is growing jobs at a faster rate than other parts of the state, a new study says that’s true.
The valley Statistical Metropolitan Area now has nearly 3 percent more jobs than it did in December 2007, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. reports from its analysis. That’s a larger percentage gain than any of the other eight Metropolitan Statistical Areas — Philadelphla-Camden-Wilmington, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg-Carlisle, Lancaster, Reading, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and York — studied in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.
The Lehigh Valley statistical area includes Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania and Warren County in New Jersey, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
The Bethlehem Parking Authority is moving forward with a study for a new South Side parking garage despite any concrete plans for the major buildings for which the garage is supposed to be needed.
Authority Executive Director Kevin Livingston said the authority can’t wait for developer Dennis Benner to have signed tenants for his planned South Side buildings because the authority could lose the state grant funding set aside for the garage.
Bethlehem has filed for an extension for the $5.2 million in state grant funding but isn’t sure if the extension will be approved, Livingston said.
“We’re obviously afraid of losing it,” he said.