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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!

Capital Blue at the PromenadeARTS COUNT 2014 is our annual Arts Advocacy Rally and Awards Celebration for the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts. Save the Date for Tuesday, October 14, 2014, hosted by Capital BLUE at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. BLUE at the Promenade is an exciting new concept, a retail store promoting nutrition, health and wellness - including the Rodale Café, an Art Wall celebrating local artists, open workshops and fitness classes, and a home for community events like ours. The event and reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is free to members and grant awardees.


In cooperation with the Lehigh Valley Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community, Lehigh Valley Arts Council is preparing to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015. We are calling our inititiative ARTS & ACCESS, bringing together people from varied disability/ability communities to share their experiences, surveying social service and cultural organizations and staff, and planning actions and programs accordingly. We will be developing training opportunities for community volunteers and arts administrators, and offering support to designated cultural and arts programs that demonstrate commitment and inclusiveness.

Professional Development Opportunities: Lehigh Valley Arts Council hosts seminars for arts professionals in the areas of marketing, technology, legal & tax issues; accessibility training for visual and performing arts professionals; Pennsylvania Partner in the Arts grant workshops and advocacy events. UP NEXT:

Two-day audio description training for Theatre Practitioners:

Mimi Kenney Smith, Executive Director of VSA Pennsylvania, will provide the training over the course of two days. Smith, a veteran describer for more than two decades, is also the producing director for Amaryllis Theatre, a professional Philadelphia theatre that regularly includes artists with disabilities.

  • Attend the DeSales University production of HARVEY, October 2, 2014 at 8 p.m., and training sessions at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council conference room, October 3 and 4. Details.
  • Mimi will introduce the class to the foundational skills—Observe, Analyze and Communicate— necessary to audio describe a play.
  • Click here for more details and the opportunity to register.

LVArtsBoxOffice.org continues to provide a central site for arts information with a searchable online Arts Calendar (also available in print) of events and e-ticketing through our electronic box office services.

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 nearly 12,000 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

Arts Directory and 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.

Arts Research: Data collection and analysis are essential advocacy tools. Check out the latest economic impact study of the region’s nonprofit arts industry.ARtix Passport 2013

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 arequest 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.

LVACVisit the Arts Archive of past artists!

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 to Count Me Insenior 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.

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.

Publications (Arts Calendar, Inside the Arts and Arts Advocate) and online services continue to expand regional arts promotion and advocacy. The Inside Lehigh Valley Arts blog features perspectives from inside the arts community. Events are listed online on www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org and distributed in print through the Arts Calendar (download a copy). Advertising opportunities exist for both print and online.

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