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 to attend.

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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 University $1,250
Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange $1,267
Lehigh Valley Girls Rock $1,149
Leticia Gutierrez * $1,361
Lydia Panas $1,066
Mikayla’s Voice $1,099
Moravian College Music Institute $1,232
Nigerian International Association of PA * $1,195
Nora Suggs $1,092
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