The Value of Volunteerism

April is National Volunteer Month, and like many non-profits, The Lehigh Valley Arts Council could not do all that it does without our dedicated volunteers.  We value all of our volunteers and have a profile of two long-time volunteers, who we hope will inspire you to volunteer in 2021. Kelly and Mike Guttman have been… Continue reading The Value of Volunteerism

PERMISSION GRANTED: Be a Voice for the Arts

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

Festival UnBound is a model of inclusivity and accessibility

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

A Lehigh Valley Case Study in the Making

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