The Power of Story

The Power of Story Project

Sharing a moment when the arts touched your life has great power. With each story, we strengthen arts advocacy!

Here is our collection of personal stories from the Lehigh Valley community. By preserving these experiences, we are building a library of impact in support of the arts.

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Sarah Carlson
Allentown, PA

I am a dancer. I speak with my body. Sometimes, the act of moving can bring me - and those who are watching me - to a new understanding.

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Ann Lalik
Allentown, PA

Jewelry by its very nature of not being a necessity shows us that a person is making a statement about various stations in life, culture, religion, or other identification.

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Lisa Higgins
Center Valley, PA

What could be better than working with people dedicated to stories that must be told?

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Ruth Knafo Setton
Allentown, PA

If we explore fearlessly, without a map destination, open to every interesting path and mysterious alley, we reawaken our sense of astonishment...

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Noberto Dominguez
Allentown, PA

One brush, one stroke, one step, one line, the loving guidance of one hand.

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Nora Suggs
Allentown, PA

Playing music with friends and colleagues is a great joy, and when the audience becomes entwined in the music as well, it’s even more exciting.

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Shawn Hager
Easton, PA

I am a solo Indie Alt.Rock artist from the Lehigh Valley. I started back in 2006 when my wife fell sick and I was trying anything I could to make money to help save her.

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Holly Gage
Bowmansville, PA

I found my freedom through artistic expression. As a dyslexic Jewelry Sculptor, my written communication can be cumbersome...

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Patty Passick
Palmerton, PA

As my 4th graders worked on their clay projects, one student said, "When I do this, I feel more alive!"

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Tara Santoro
Macungie, PA

For me art was always an escape. As a kid I could be found in my room with my dog at my side, a reem of green and white lined paper or gigantic coloring book with a large box of crayons.

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Ronald Demkee
Allentown, PA

I serve as conductor of the Allentown Band because it is important work that is unquestionable and unequivocally stimulating, challenging, and gratifying...

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Nancy Scott
Easton, PA

It started with the open reading at Godfrey Daniels. I read two poems, as a blind writer reading from Braille. I didn’t die. Later, I got the call asking me to feature-read.

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Mandy Gero
Northampton, PA

Alert and Alive inside, Colors moving forth...

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Jude Chase
Bethlehem, PA

Seven and a half years ago, I was crossing the street on a rainy day and the creek was rising. I little old lady was driving by, looking at the creek and not at me.

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Deborah Hamsho
Whitehall, PA

I pronounce the annunciation: I AM AN ARTIST of fibrous hues...

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Angela Faidley
Macungie, PA

When I stand in front of a class I look out and see bright eyes looking to for inspiration and guidance. The responsibility is overwhelming, empowering, frightening, and heady.

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