PA Partners in the Arts

For more information, contact our Community Engagement Manager, Zach Kleemeyer.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts

A partnership with the PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a state funding initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) designed to widen the circle of funding opportunities in support of arts activities throughout 67 counties. PPA is financed through the PCA, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PPA offers two streams of funding opportunities: Project Stream and Program Stream. Both expand community access and encourage local decision-making.

Since 2005, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council has been a regional partner in the PPA program by re-granting state funds to applicants in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties. The grant application and award process is administered by the Arts Council staff, who convene advisory panels from the cultural community to review the proposals. Panelists, selected to review applications according to guidelines provided by the PCA, provide the essential expertise, integrity, and commitment to the arts in our community.

View the mission and goals of the PCA


HOW to Apply for a grant

Beginning in 2018 applicants of the PPA Program Stream and Project Stream will use Pennsylvania’s Department of Community Economic Development (DCED) Electronic Single Application (ESA) system to apply and upload their documents. The new system takes you through the application process for the grant program of your choice.

Access the ESA system  (NOTE: Internet Explorer is recommended for using the ESA system.)

PROJECT STREAM

Each year individual artists, community groups and nonprofit organizations can apply for grant funding of up to $2,500 to help them produce an arts project with high community impact through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream. 

The Arts Council presents grant awards to the region’s new PPA Project Stream recipients at a public reception titled, ArtsCOUNT. Scroll down for some history of the awards presentation. 

Learn more about Project Stream

Program STREAM

The PPA Program Stream offers guaranteed financial support to nonprofit arts organizations and arts programs by non-arts organizations to conduct ongoing arts programming. Organizations can receive a grant of at least $3,000, but must have an established history of receiving Project Stream support and be invited to apply to Program Stream. Click the link below for eligibility requirements and to view the Lehigh Valley groups currently receiving Program Stream grants. 

Learn more about Program Stream

Arts Count 

Rally for regional growth in the arts

ArtsCOUNT is a celebration of the essential public and private partnerships that fuel the arts! Designed primarily as an arts advocacy rally, this special event seeks to engage business and foundation leaders, elected officials, and the wide range of arts patrons, arts practitioners, and arts organizations in the region.

This arts rally is held every October during National Arts & Humanities month, and also serves as a reception for our membership and a public award ceremony to acknowledge the Lehigh Valley’s new grantees of PPA Project Stream funding.


ArtsCount 2019 
  • On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, we held our 15th ArtsCOUNT at the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA.
  • This year, there were 28 PPA Project Stream grant recipients from the Lehigh Valley. Click here for a list of the 2019-20 grant recipients.

PBS39 Video Report of ArtsCOUNT 2019 


ArtsCount 2018

On October 16, 2018, the scene was set for a celebration that would elevate spirits, high atop the eighth floor of the black tower in the Butz Corporate Center. Guests were able to admire a panoramic view of the Lehigh Valley as they gathered together to be recognized.

This year, there were 33 PPA Project Stream grant recipients from the Lehigh Valley. Click here for a list of the 2018-19 grant recipients.

11/1/18 – “LV Arts Council disburses grants to fund 33 projects” by Stephen Althouse, Lehigh Valley Press.

View photos from ArtsCOUNT 2018


ArtsCount 2017

On October 18, 2017 the gears were in motion for an historic celebration at the National Museum of Industrial History. Attendees had the opportunity to rally for the arts and take in the interactive exhibits around every corner of the new museum.

There were 26 PPA Project Stream grant recipients this year in the Lehigh Valley. Click here for a list of 2017-18 grant recipients.


ArtsCount 2016

On October 19, 2016 we rallied together at Smooth-On, Inc. in Macungie, PA. Guests had the opportunity to tour the impressive manufacturing facility, take part in mold-making, and receive professional quality scrapes, scars, and scabs (makeup).

There were 22 PPA Project Stream grant recipients this year in the Lehigh Valley. Click here for a list of 2016-17 grant recipients.

Click here for more photos from the event.