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The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is the region’s central voice for the arts. It’s our calling to promote arts awareness and advocate its value. It’s our vision to ensure that everyone has access to a rich, diverse arts culture.  We accomplish this by bringing people together to find solutions that advance greater arts participation. Join our efforts through our many ongoing events and services!


Art is a Verb - Let's All Do It!
Membership Reception

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Good Shepherd's Health & Technology Center
Good Shepherd Plaza
850 South Fifth Street
Allentown, PA 18103

The 2015 spring membership reception, Art is a Verb - Let's All Do It!, embraces the excitement and promise of greater cultural accessibility in the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley Arts Council will introduce the community-wide plans for the upcoming Arts & Access Celebration, which commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act through the lens of the arts. Join us for a reception and learn more about the cultural organizations and individuals who have signed on to participate in Arts & Access.

The annual membership reception is a popular occasion for members to renew their connection to the arts and to each other. Festivities will include the creation of a "Word Cloud," in which arts professionals, patrons, and guests collaborate to visualize the future of the arts in our community. Members and their guests will enjoy a tour of the Health & Technology Center.

Three prominent cultural leaders will be celebrated for their vision in expanding cultural accessibility:

  • Jessica Bien, General Manager at Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance Department
  • Nora Suggs, Executive Director of Satori
  • Ricardo Viera, Director/Curator of Lehigh University Galleries & Museums

Hosted by John Kristel, MBA, MPT, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. Generously underwritten by PPL and Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, light food will be provided. Reservations are encouraged!

Arts Council Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $10

Members, call 610-437-5915 to reserve your spot today.




Arts Alive 2015
Exploring the Artistic Process

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce the new line-up for the Arts Alive 2015 Series. These three events for members and their friends allows participants to rub shoulders with the creative process and engage their mind and spirit!

Wood & Steel: A Studio Tour with Designer & Craftsman Bill Kreider

Enjoy a tour of furniture designer and craftsman Bill Kreider’s studio,
offering a glimpse into his arts making process as he welcomes us
into his world of wood and steel.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
William Kreider Woodworking Studio
127 North Lumber Street
Allentown, PA 18102

LVAC Members: $15 / Nonmembers: $20





Crowdfunding: What It Means for the Arts

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:

  • You must be a Professional or Organizational member of Fractured Atlas.
  • You must submit the online application.
  • Your project must be artistic.
  • Your project must have some public benefit and be non-commercial in nature.

Refreshments will be provided. The fee is $30 for Lehigh Valley Arts Council members, $50 for nonmembers. Registration is required.



LVArtsBoxOffice.org continues to provide an online source for tickets for everything from sculpture to symphony, cantatas to cabarets, big band to bag pipes, festivals to foreign films, paintings to puppetry. Arts Council members share their events and exhibitions with us to expand their audiences and to keep each other connected. You can search by keyword, category, or organization at www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org.

Lehigh Valley Arts Calendars are offered online at this location to connect us to the finest events, exhibitions, performances and classes. For a printed version of the current calendar:

Rush Ticket service is offered to members to sell unsold seats at the 11th hour. This past year 2,727 tickets were sold and the site attracted more than 30,000 hits per month. A monthly e-marketing campaign reaches over 10,000 email addresses, advertising the availability of online tickets and linking directly to the point of sale. For more information, please visit our Box Office Information page or e-mail: operations@lvartscouncil.org

Pennsylvania Arts Access Program offers the visual and hearing-impaired greater access to cultural events by providing arts venues with shared use of audio-description and open-captioning equipment. Nonprofits receive training on its use and can provide persons with disabilities a full cultural experience. The Arts Council has purchased the equipment and manages the reservation schedule.

Pennsylvania Partner in the Arts: -
Individual Artists, Community Organizations, and Arts Groups in the greater Lehigh Valley will award support totaling more than $61,000 in 2014.These projects will reach a wide range of constituents, from young children tosenior citizens, and activities will engage audiences through exhibitions, concerts, workshops, and performances.
The Arts Council celebrates its 9th year as the Pennsylvania Council on the Art's regional partner of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts for Project Stream and Program Stream grantapplicants in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Annual Membership Receptions are hosted in both the spring and fall to bring members, community, businesses and funders together to share resources, networks, and ideas.

Professional Development Opportunities:
Include seminars for arts professionals in the areas of marketing, technology and legal & tax issues, and two grants workshops.

Arts Research:
Data collection and analysis are essential advocacy tools. Check out the latest economic impact study of the region’s nonprofit arts industry.

Cooperative Arts Marketing: 
Our nonprofit members work together and create efficiencies in terms of time and dollars through group marketing activities. Services include:

  • Artix Passport to the Arts a buy one, get one free ticket to twenty-four arts and cultural venues in the Lehigh Valley through June 30, 2015.
  • Distribution of promotional materials around the Lehigh Valley
  • Cultural List Exchange Co-Op (CLEC). CLEC is a marketing program that uses data segmentation/mining to improve marketing intelligence, encourage and simplify mailing list exchanges, expand audiences and save time and money.
  • Reduced ad rates in the Morning Call and ICON
  • For more information, email: Randall Forte, info@lvartscouncil.org

Featured Artist:
Individual visual artist members are invited to submit a request to exhibit in the Lehigh Valley Arts Council office (or get a listing in the Artist Directory for FREE). Exhibitions are for an eight-week run. Contact operations@lvartscouncil.org for more information.

Arts Directory & Individual Artist Directory:
The Lehigh Valley is teeming with world-class arts and culture. From the classical to the exotic, the Valley arts community encompasses a dazzling variety of music and theatre, film and dance, visual arts, festivals, museums and more—dozens of organizations, offering performances and events that span the globe of imagination.

Arts Opportunities:
See our list of local job openings, exhibition/theatre opportunities and workshops.

Publications: Arts Calendar, Inside the Arts and Arts Advocate continue to expand regional arts promotion and advocacy. The Inside Lehigh Valley Arts blog features perspectives from inside the arts community and profiles of Arts Council members and advocates. Exhibitions, performances, and special events are listed online on www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org and distributed in print through the Arts Calendar. Advertising opportunities exist for both print and online.

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