Forging a Strong Future: Reflect, Refine, Reignite

The Lehigh Valley will host the 2013 Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Conference, “Forging a Strong Future: Reflect, Refine, Reignite,” on October 18-20, 2013 at the Best Western Plus Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem. Colleagues from around the state will join together in a spirit of camaraderie for a weekend… Continue reading Forging a Strong Future: Reflect, Refine, Reignite

Janet Stepura–Artist and Art Store Manager

As an artist and store manager at Blick Art Materials for more than twenty-five years, Janet Stepura enjoys a unique perspective on the arts community. Executive Director Randall Forte spoke to her recently about her life in the arts in the Lehigh Valley. Tell us a little about yourself as an artist. How long have… Continue reading Janet Stepura–Artist and Art Store Manager

Theatre Artist Karen D. Connell, LCSW., BCD.,MSW., MA—My Life In Art

Table Top Theatre is my current passion. My journey in the Arts has led me along an evolving path. As a lucky child born to a dancing mother and stage managing father, the arts were my playground. My life naturally evolved into years as a performer, director, choreographer, educator and clinician.  Through these experiences I… Continue reading Theatre Artist Karen D. Connell, LCSW., BCD.,MSW., MA—My Life In Art

Why Public Funding for the Arts? It’s Life Changing.

Guest Post by Arts Council member, Jennifer Scavuzzo Just yesterday I heard a radio program discussing how to combat the high level of dropouts from our high schools, and one student who was featured discussed how "bored" he is with school.  Given the opportunity to see what a better high school could offer (while still… Continue reading Why Public Funding for the Arts? It’s Life Changing.

Art–The Tie That Binds | Just Look at What’s Happening with School Children

by Debora Roberson, LVAC board member There is  art integration synergy at work in Allentown – exposing students to history, graphic design, and art.  Students from Allentown School District's Union Terrace Elementary and Trexler  Middle Schools spent two weeks this summer designing advertising slogans and artwork for Lehigh Valley landmarks. The name of the program… Continue reading Art–The Tie That Binds | Just Look at What’s Happening with School Children

Kristin Baxter: Art Professor, Art Advocate, Studio Artist

by Randall Forte, LVAC executive director Meet Arts Council member, Kristin Baxter, assistant professor of art at Moravian College. For more than five years, she taught art to children in kindergarten through grade eight, and she conducted professional development workshops for teachers in museums, galleries, schools, and community centers. What made you decide to become… Continue reading Kristin Baxter: Art Professor, Art Advocate, Studio Artist

Meet Our Board Members–Danielle Kulnis, vice president 2012-13

This post continues our series featuring each of the current members of the Arts Council's board. We thought you'd like to get to know a few things about the people who help direct the organization, support its mission, and work to secure its future. Ours is a volunteer board of leaders from the community who… Continue reading Meet Our Board Members–Danielle Kulnis, vice president 2012-13