Two weeks ago, I attended the dedication of five murals installed on the exterior wall of the LCCC—Donley Center in downtown Allentown. There was excitement among the crowd as Donley Center Director Maryanell Biggica welcomed guests and touted the power of the arts to bring people together. The murals, celebrating the theme of diversity and… Continue reading PERMISSION GRANTED: Be a Voice for the Arts
When Touchstone Theatre began talking two years ago about staging a major festival to celebrate its hometown of Bethlehem and commemorate 20 years of change since its groundbreaking Steel Festival, it had a huge vision. It had a vision of creating original art designed to spark conversation. It had a vision of debating, discussing and… Continue reading Festival UnBound is a model of inclusivity and accessibility
Reverse culture shock can be all too real. Landing at the Philadelphia Airport on a gloomy, rainy day, much like the weather I had left behind in London, had me feeling all different emotions about returning home to Pennsylvania. It may have been from the 16+ hours I had been traveling (starting at London Heathrow,… Continue reading Maya Rodgers: Arts Traveler
Studies have shown that learning in the arts contributes to strong academic performance, higher rates of literacy and improved problem solving skills. The benefits stem, however, from a student’s consistent engagement with the arts. They are the results of a comprehensive strategy to measure outcomes in many grade levels and over a considerable length of… Continue reading A Lehigh Valley Case Study in the Making
The value of the arts in a community is best reflected in the strength of volunteerism that exists. In the Lehigh Valley, that impact is tremendous. The 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 5 reported that 6,952 volunteers donated 323,354 hours to 98 arts nonprofits in 2015. Across the rich, culturally diverse landscape of the… Continue reading Volunteerism is Arts Advocacy
Take a break from gift-giving and the retail overload and truly enjoy the holiday season! Here are festive holiday arts happenings that will warm your heart and remind you to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us this time of year. The perfect time to start a holiday tradition is NOW -- and what better way to… Continue reading Holiday Traditions Made in the Arts
It’s not about the notes but the shared experience of producing magic by doing something you love.