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The Show Must Go On!

Another program year is upon us and many of our local organizations are re-opening and providing in-person arts & culture events again. It's been a difficult year and the arts community is grateful for your support and ready to welcome back their audiences. We couldn't have done it without your support, contributions, and advocacy. Advocacy works! Thanks to you, the Lehigh Valley received a lifeline to live entertainment and area venues shared $13.7M in federal grants. Make sure you take the time to visit our Arts Calendar so you don't miss a thing!

Not only is the arts community growing in events, the Lehigh Valley is one of the fastest growing communities in the state. According to the initial reports of the 2020 Census information, the population of the Lehigh Valley grew from 647,232 in 2010 to 687,065 in 2020; a 6% increase. That growth is nearly 40,000 people over the last decade-we can't wait to get started on our survey of the Lehigh Valley arts economy in 2022 with the Arts in Economic Prosperity Report, in conjunction with Americans for the Arts. Stay tuned for more information and how you can help in the coming months.

Tara Henninger
Operations Manager

Jacqui Schwartz
Arts & Access Always Program Admin

Lehigh Valley Arts Council


Online Arts Calendar

Enjoy arts experiences online and in-person in the Lehigh Valley. View our online arts calendar and see what's scheduled for throughout this Autumn season!

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Art Reach Cultural Accessibility Conference September 21-23

An online, three-day conference built for cultural professionals to learn the latest accessibility trends and best practices from leaders around the world. Attendees will build tools, knowledge and an international network of allies and resources to increase accessibility and inclusion in arts and culture .

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Arts Access Networking

Our Arts & Access Always Program is so excited to offer our first-ever networking group! Meet monthly with local arts administrators, artists, and students to discuss accessibility initiatives in their organizations, share resources, and information, and connect with local organizations that serve the disability community.


Disability-Friendly Calendar

Are you looking for accessible events this fall?

Check out our disability-friendly calendar or submit your disability-friendly events to our calendar.

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Local Opportunities

The Banana Factory

The Banana Factory Arts Center is now accepting exhibition proposals for solo and group exhibitions. Information on eligibility, selection criteria, guidelines, and exhibition policies are included in the application forms below. A gallery committee will review applications on a rolling basis.


State & National Opportunities

USArtists International: Application is Open

USAI supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. USAI funds the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

Application Deadlines

• September 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between December 15, 2021 and December 14, 2022.
• December 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between March 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023.
• March 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.


To find more art opportunities or to submit your own, visit our website.

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Inside Track


Welcome to our new Arts & Access Program Administrator: Jacqueline Schwartz

Jacqueline has extensive experience as an encaustic artist, educator, and arts administrator and in teaching and curriculum development. A former Banana Factory resident artist at ArtsQuest, she has taught at multiple venues in the Lehigh Valley since 2015. Prior to her work in the visual arts she served as a creative director for clients such as NASA and International Paper.

She was recognized as a teaching artist specializing in encaustic by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is certified in advanced encaustic teaching techniques by R&F Paints and maintains a studio in Orefield.

Jacqueline earned her M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia, and her B.F.A. Fashion & Visual Communication, Minor in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Join us is welcoming Jacqueline to our team during our Arts & Access Networking Group meeting on September 15 at 12pm.

Our condolences are extended to all who knew, Joe Sullivan, President of Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association, he passed away suddenly on June 17, 2021. Joe was a kind and friendly person to everyone and treated the professional musicians and entertainers no different from the way he treated his friends, members of AFBA and new acquaintances.


Be the best advocate for the arts you can be by learning more from Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania who have a resource best practices to help you become an arts advocate in Pennsylvania.

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We Couldn't Do This Without You

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our nonprofit arts organization. Together, we can open the door wider for the arts. View our latest donors report on our website.

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LOGO -- The Power of Story

The arts have the power to connect us with one another and sharing stories can help us understand the human experience. Discover personal reflections on the arts in our library, The Power of Story..


Allentown Arts Commission Arts and Culture Emergency Relief

A $75,000 Grant Program will award up to $7,500 stipends to Allentown arts and cultural organizations struggling through loss of work during coronavirus outbreak. Find our more on their website.


Arts Action Fund Resources

This COVID-19 resource page is updated regularly with important information on relief funds! Find the information you need on their website.

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October is National Arts & Humanities Month

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Get ready to join the celebration of Arts & Humanities month with us, Americans for the Arts, and millions of other Arts Enthusiasts around the country!

You can share your support on social media #ArtsCreateHope and #NAHM and follow the Instagram Challenge with #ShowYourArt2021. Don't forget to make your voice heard with your local, state, and national legislators by asking for an proclamation, encouraging their support of the NEA budget, and writing op-eds for the local media.

Americans for the Arts' website has a resource page on how to join the celebration and Be A Voice for the Arts!

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Inside the Arts is the new digital version of our traditionally printed bi-monthly newsletter. Topics cover initiatives by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council that impact the regional cultural community.

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