One of Lehigh Valley's biggest assets isn't just one place or thing, but a collection of places and things...our local arts scene. Last night I had the pleasure of attending Arts Count, a rally in support of the arts hosted by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council at The Crayola FACTORY in Easton.
To say I was probably the least-creative person in the room would be an understatement. The room was packed with enthusiastic, like-minded people from all disciplines of the art world. Speakers included Mike Perry (CEO of Crayola), Chris Martin IV (CEO of Martin Guitar) and Linny Fowler, to name a few.
The rally's main focus was for the Lehigh Valley Arts Council to present grants from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts to 25 very worthy recipients. The grants ranged from $325 awarded to the YMCA for their "Y Arts Week" program to the maximum amount of $1,113, which given to four different groups including Muhlenberg College Piano Series. All totaled, over $22,000 was dispersed last night, but the impact of this support is priceless!
I was really pleased to see many of the projects receiving grants are geared to sparking children's interest in the creative world, and keeping our seniors active and involved. Others support performing arts and festivals that are free for the public to enjoy - think Celtic Classic or Easton Garlic Festival - which makes Lehigh Valley a very cool place to live.
By the end of the night, I just wanted to grab a big checkbook and fully fund these 25 individuals and organizations, but alas ... I have yet to win the lottery! My small donation will have to do for now. Luckily, our local arts scene has Randall Forte leading the Lehigh Valley Arts Council and reminding everyone, including me, that "Arts Count" in Lehigh Valley. Count me in, Randall!
What's your favorite Lehigh Valley arts organization?