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Arts COUNT 2018
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council will host Arts COUNT 2018, the annual fall membership reception and PPA Grant Awards presentation on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 pm. This year’s location presents an inspiring panorama of the region, high atop the eighth floor of the black tower in the Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton Street in Allentown. You are invited to celebrate each other as the Lehigh Valley Arts Council marks 30 years of promoting the value of what you do.
“This expansive view of the Valley highlights the importance of a regional arts council,” says Executive Director Randall Forte. “Given the breadth of the arts community and their impact on the local economy and quality of life, the health and sustainability of the arts is clearly a regional concern.” Over the past three decades, the Arts Council has partnered with regional and state agencies to help advance collective growth and increase access to the arts in the region.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month and an ideal time to celebrate arts abundance in our region and congratulate the award-winning grant applicants. The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program is a statewide initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council administers the program in Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Funding supports a wide range of arts activities benefiting local neighborhoods and underserved audiences, from young children to senior citizens. This year nearly $40,000 in state grants will be awarded to 33 applicants at Arts COUNT. A list of the grant recipients is provided below. All funded projects will take place between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
A public awards ceremony is an integral part of the grants process and also allows locally-elected officials to present checks to the grant recipients from their area. In such a widespread and diverse region, an arts advocacy organization is vital for providing networking opportunities. Two newly appointed state and regional leaders, Karl Blischke, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Alex Michaels, Incoming President of Discover Lehigh Valley, will address the gathering.
The reception promises to elevate your spirit, and members are encouraged to bring a guest to the party. The event is free for Arts Council members and grant recipients; the cost to guests and nonmembers is $10. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to 610-437-5915 or email@example.com to attend.
Drum roll please …
|2018-19 Project Stream Grant Awardees||Grant Amount|
|Allentown Public Theatre||$1,232|
|Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association||$1,140|
|Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation||$1,250|
|Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission||$1,526|
|Borough of Emmaus||$1,342|
|Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center||$1,241|
|Cedar Crest College *||$1,067|
|Concord Chamber Singers||$1,267|
|Friends of Allentown Parks||$1,213|
|Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network *||$1,414|
|Hellertown Area Library||$784|
|Holly Roadfeldt *||$1,055|
|JCC of Allentown||$1,307|
|Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival||$1,305|
|Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation *||$1,158|
|Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange||$1,267|
|Lehigh Valley Girls Rock||$1,149|
|Leticia Gutierrez *||$1,361|
|Moravian College Music Institute||$1,232|
|Nigerian International Association of PA *||$1,195|
|PA Jazz Collective||$1,174|
|Parkland Community Library *||$1,081|
|Puertorrican Culture Preservation, Inc.||$1,294|
|Saucon Valley Conservancy||$1,103|
|Summit Hill Heritage Center||$1,081|
|Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation||$1,267|
|WDIY 88.1 FM||$1,307|
|West Park Civic Association||$1,241|
|YWCA of Bethlehem *||$1,148|
* Denotes first time PPA Project Stream grant recipient