August 2021

Arts & Cultural Funding

After years of proposed elimination the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) proposed budget has seen its greatest proposed increase. The proposed increase of $33.5 million would increase the organization’s budget to $201 million.

The budget is waiting approval from Congress, and the 2022 fiscal year will begin Oct. 1, 2021. The $33.5 million increase is the largest single-year increase to the NEA. The NEA distributes grants to arts organizations around the country.

Request your members of Congress support the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee's $201 million budget for the NEA and NEH. The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and David Joyce (R-OH) and the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

The NEA funding directly affects our state because funding for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts comes from the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual state appropriation by the General Assembly and from the NEA.

It is time for Pennsylvania to significantly increase support for the ailing arts and culture sector. Please join in contacting your legislators to urge the passing of a $10.59 million line item for grants to the arts during FY 2020-21. Did you know that Lehigh Valley Senator Pat Browne is the Co-chair of the PA Arts & Culture Caucus and that several other regional senators and representatives are also members? Next time you write them ask about their work within the caucus.

See our contact list for Federal and State Representatives and Senators from the Lehigh Valley.

Throughout this issue, we will be sharing links to more Arts & Cultural supporters and grants makers. We thank you for encouraging and supporting them and being a voice for the arts throughout the Lehigh Valley.


Tara Henninger
Operations Manager

Elise Schaffer
Arts & Access Program Admin

Lehigh Valley Arts Council

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Arts Council Updates

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The Lehigh Valley Arts Council thanks Elise Schaffer for her commitment, creativity, and passion for the Art & Access Always Program.

Elise has accepted a new position with Lehigh University Art Galleries starting in mid-August.

NEA Updates


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on July 20, 2021, announced the appointment of Diane Dewhirst, senior deputy chairperson, and Hannah Schwartz, director of strategic priorities and projects, as political appointees for the Biden-Harris Administration at the agency. Read more here.

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LOGO -- The Power of Story

One of the most universal themes in storytelling is the journey of self-discovery. Storytellers keep us connected to each other—our fellow passengers—through image and movement, story, and song. Read some from a few of our story submissions on our website!

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Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The PCA provides grants to the arts through its Arts Organizations and Arts Programs (AOAP) funding stream and distributes grants at a localized level via its PA Partners in the Arts (PPA).

In addition, the PCA has Arts in Education and Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) divisions. The PCA also undertakes a variety of partnerships and initiatives.


National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA is offering direct grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations with an application deadline of August 12, 2021. Visit their website today for more information, deadlines, and digital content for grant writing.


Small Business Association

SBA is working quickly to resolve all the technical glitches that have hindered the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. They have now decisioned 9,760 applications, of which 3,201 have been awarded $2.3 billion so far.

The SVOG portal is still open for new applications. It’s not clear when it will close, so please don’t delay.


Foundation Directory Online

A Comprehensive database and powerful search tools and complete information you can get about grantmakers and the grants they've made. Check out more on Foundation Center's website.

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ArtsQuest | Arts-in-Education

ArtsQuest’s Arts in Education Partnership is one of 14 organizations across the state that formally partners with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to administer an Arts in Education program.

As a partner, they leverage funds provided by the Commonwealth to support in-depth arts experiences for youth and adults within four counties of eastern Pennsylvania, including: Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton. The purpose of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ AIE division is to champion the arts as a tool for both personal and community development for all Pennsylvanians by supporting quality programs in schools and community settings. Learn more about the program on their website.

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Arts Advocacy Page

Visit our website to view a compilation of resources and advocacy tips, as well as a contact sheet for legislators in the Lehigh Valley.

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Join Our Team!

We are hiring for the Arts & Access Always Program Administrator position.

Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) position of Arts & Access Always Program Administrator promotes and supports the LVAC Arts & Access Always Program within the Lehigh Valley’s arts and culture and disability-friendly community, and the region at large, in order to increase engagement for persons with disabilities through creative and effective communication strategies.

Visit our website for application information (scroll down to the jobs section.) Deadline for applications is August 15th.

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Internship Opportunities

We have multiple internship opportunities available on our website!

Students interested in gaining professional experience in nonprofit arts administration are encouraged to inquire about an internship with us. All of our interns will experience the hands-on, daily work of a nonprofit arts organization. Currently, we are looking to secure interns interested in working on projects with the following focuses marketing, graphic design, arts administration, and arts accessibility!

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August 9th: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples


There are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the world. We recognize the individuality of each one's art and culture and the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and the Lehigh Valley.

August 9, 2021 is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The UN has prosed a new social contract: Leaving no one behind. Join the 2021 Virtual Commemoration on August 9, 2021 from 9-11 a.m. EDT.

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