Whose Business is the Arts?
A Public Forum on the Economy, the Arts & the Community

Co-sponsored by Lehigh Valley Arts Council & Lehigh Valley Partnership

Friday, September 8, 2017   |   8:00am to 11:30am
DeSales University   |  Center Valley, PA

Bringing together business leaders, members of the arts community, and foundation and government representatives for a conversation on the future of the arts in the Lehigh Valley.

Stimulating a dialogue to promote sustainability for the nonprofit arts and culture industry and foster stronger alliances between the arts, business, foundation and government sectors.

Through presentations and interactive sessions, the forum will enable participants to explore the value of our cultural community in terms of the following:

  • Impact on our local economy
  • Influence on our quality of life
  • Best practices for strengthening business partnerships and community engagement

The forum is targeted for persons who have a vested interest in sustaining a thriving arts community in the Lehigh Valley, including:

  • Business executives
  • Corporate contributions and community relations representatives
  • Artists, arts administrators, and arts patrons
  • Board members and vendors of cultural organizations
  • Government officials


Registration Fees:

  • Lehigh Valley Arts Council & Lehigh Valley Partnership Members: $30
  • Board members & Vendors: $30
  • Nonmembers: $45
  • At the Door (space permitting): $60

Breakfast provided. 

Need-based scholarships available for individuals or cultural nonprofit representatives to receive a $10 admission: call 610-437-5915 or operations@lvartscouncil.org, to request an application. Submission deadline: September 1, 2017

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8:00 am – 8:40 am Registration & Breakfast
8:40 am – 8:50 am Welcome
8:50 am – 9:10 am Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study: How are the numbers trending?
Randy Cohen, VP of Research, Americans for the Arts
9:20 am – 9:40 am Table Discussion: How do you see it?
9:45 am – 10:05 am Building mutually beneficial relationships: Who do the arts impact?
Janis L. Burley Wilson, VP of Strategic Partnerships/ Community Engagement, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
10:10 am – 10:30 am Table Discussion: What commonalities do we share?
10:30 am Introduce Keynote Speaker
10:30 am – 10:55 am Future Sustainability: How can we work together so we all benefit?
Dean Rodenbough, VP of External Affairs, Hallmark Cards, Inc
11:00 am – 11:15 am Table discussion: When do we unite around a regional vision for the arts?

The speakers bring a wealth of experience engaging with cultural nonprofits and corporate leadership and will highlight successful corporate and arts partnerships.

Read more about the forum’s presenters

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council gives special acknowledgement to the following organizations for their support of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study and this forum:

  • Air Products Foundation
  • Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
  • Charles H. Hoch Foundation
  • County of Lehigh
  • County of Northampton
  • Crayola LLC
  • Discover Lehigh Valley
  • Harry C. Trexler Trust
  • PA Council of the Arts
  • Marketing Partners:
  •    Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  •    PBS Channel 39

Thank you to the following individuals for their contributions:

  • Corliss Bachman
  • Sara Brace
  • Andy Cassano
  • Norberto Dominquez
  • Tim Fallon
  • Casey Gallagher
  • Ellen Baker Ghelardi
  • Kassie Hilgert
  • Daniel McCarthy
  • David Mickenberg
  • Scott Snyder
  • Michael Stershic
  • Susan Weaver