Monday, October 26, 2009
From Ethel Drayton-Craig:
Announcing a Jazz Benefit Concert for the Education Program of the Allentown Symphony. Sunday, November 1st, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, $15, at Allentown Symphony Hall.
This past year the Allentown Symphony served 14,000 children from age 3 - high school! 471 students were students of the Allentown School District.
With the state budget cutbacks we have sustained cuts to our education program of approximately $100,000.
Thanks to the many jazz artists that have performed at the jazz cabarets, they have organized to give back to the Symphony. On November 1st, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM over 25 renowned regional jazz artists are volunteering their time and their talents for this JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT. LIVE. $15 (Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 North Sixth Street, Allentown) Box Office 610-432-6715.
Come out and have a great time. Meet and Greet the Musicians. Great Food, too!
LOTS OF FUN! All proceeds benefit Educational Programming. SHARE THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
Co-Op Bop with guest Bobby Routsch
New Kind of Talk
P.F. & The Flyers
Skip Wilkins Trio
Mike Lorenz & Tom Kozic with guest Rob Stoneback
Dave Roth Trio
Lou Czechowski Trio
Also appearing: Marlene Gilley, Mike Ciliberti, Greg Eicher, Gary Rissmiller, Craig Kastelnik, Alan Gaumer, Neil Wetzel, Jim McGee, Mike Trach, Jim Meyers, Wayne Maura, Pete Fluck, John Sproat, Tony Gairo, Brian Bortz, Vern Mobley, June Thomas, Vicki Doney, Robin Bryan.
Special thanks to Frank Wilgruber and Alan Gaumer for creating and organizing this event!
Chair, Jazz Committee
Allentown Symphony Association
Thursday, October 22, 2009
There is a Writer’s Workshop that meets at the Hava Java Café at 526 N. 19th Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The writers meet every Sunday for a couple of hours. They discuss all aspects of writing, including publishing, editing, grammar and style.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Here is her bio:
Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is a Kutztown-based artist who has shown often in this region as well as nationally. In this area, her paintings have recently been seen at eDavid Gallery in Bethlehem, at the Siegel Gallery at Lehigh University, and in the Chen Arts Momentum show. In addition to her paintings, she makes 3-dimensional works with a collaborator, Andrew Brehm, and also makes found object constructions. These three dimensional works will be shown in Greg Coates' New Museum. Cheryl teaches at Kutztown University, and is head of the Studio Art department there.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The 2009 Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition!!
Elementary, middle and high school students, and adults are invited to enter the Allentown Holiday Haiku Contest!
Fifty haiku writers will receive a “Spirit of the Season Award. Their haiku will be displayed in store and restaurant windows along Hamilton Street in Center City Allentown. Five writers will be chosen to read their haiku at the Allentown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3.
To enter the competition, (Copy & Paste and Print at Home) fill in the form below:
By signing here, I declare that the attached poem is an original poem created by me, and I give my permission for it to be publicly displayed, read and reproduced by the City of Allentown.
(Students whose poems are chosen will need a parent's signature.
Student entries will be submitted to teachers.)
Please type or print neatly your haiku. Attach it to this form and send to:
Tara Craig, City Hall, 435 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101
Guidelines for your haiku: Celebrate family and the beauty of the season in three lines of no more than 17 syllables, but with no syllable count for each line. Look at the examples attached to this form for ideas.
The postmark deadline is November 13, 2009.
Adults may enter by email by sending their haiku to:
Tara Craig at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Haiku for Inspiration for
Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition:
of your hand
falls on snow -
winter night -
the cat sitting in a drawer
filled with letters
the rim is bent
the park cold, deserted -
still I play
sheen of the cherry’s bark
streaked with rain
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This year, as you know, the nation's economy stumbled, affecting every aspect of our lives. Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, as the only statewide multidisciplinary arts advocacy organization for the last 30 years, kept a steady eye on the mood of the state's governors and legislators, constantly being ready to point out the positive aspects of the arts on all phases of life, both cultural and economic.
This year, for the first time, the PCA faced the possibility of elimination. When the reality set in, citizens all over Pennsylvania began to rally, demonstrating their support of state arts funding through telephone calls, emails, and visits to legislators telling them that the arts were a valuable and essential part in all phases of our lives.
Thousands of citizens stepped up to remind the state government of the need for the arts and arts education. The work was hard and the sacrifices, in time and energy, were many. We were rewarded with a state budget that did not eliminate the PCA and included funding for arts grants at $11 million. We have to be grateful to each other, to our government officials, to leaders in the art community and to all those who realize the importance of the arts.
This is not the end, but a new beginning to recognize that "Advocacy" is not a crisis activity, but an ongoing part of being aware that the arts, and what they represent to us all, cannot be taken for granted.
Thanks to everyone,
Robert N. Lettieri
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Just a brief update...
Tonight (10/7/09) the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed their version of the FY09-10 Pennsylvania State Budget by a vote of 107-93. HB 1416 as amended includes $11 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and $992,000 for administration of the council. These figures match the what was included in Senate Bill 1085 for the PCA. HB 1416 now goes to the Senate for review and a vote. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has indicated that the Senate will review the document tomorrow and will take a vote after the review. While this represents a step closer to the end of this 2009 Budget Impasse, the House bill must be approved by the PA Senate and then signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell. We will keep you posted as we monitor the Senate's review of HB 1416.
Jenny L. Hershour
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Dear Fellow Arts Advocates,
Just a brief update...
This morning (10/6/09), the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 1085, a new general fund appropriations bill, by a vote of 43-6. This bill includes $11 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and $992,000 for administration of the arts council. The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for further consideration.
The Senate also passed an amended version of the tax code bill sent to them by the House last week. This amended version does NOT include a tax on tickets to arts and cultural events.
We will be watching the House proceedings and will report back to you as the situation unfolds.
Jenny L. Hershour
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
Friday, October 2, 2009
Earlier this year I decided to try for a Project Stream Grant through the PA Council on the Arts so we could do a group project with funding...and as it turns out, the application was approved!
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council held a grant awards ceremony Oct. 1 at America on Wheels where dozens of creative, worthwhile projects were announced to receive funding.
I'll be receiving $1,196 to conduct a group project this spring and I'm recruiting Chen Artists to participate.
Here are the plans: Each artist (figure to be determined) will receive a 2' plexi-glass cube to design in the theme of re-urbanization. Artists can run wild with their cubes, using any media and techniques they please. Artists are encourage to gain sponsorship for their time spent creating this project.
The cubes will then be brought together in an event at the Allentown Arts Park (across from the art museum on N. 5th Street) where they will be displayed for the public in June.
Of course, the public and multiple organizations within the city will be invited to view the display and meet the artists. We're hoping to tap into a small sum of Arts Park programming funds to make the one-day event even nicer.
It's very exciting to receive funds to purchase materials for this project. Thank you LVAC and PA Council on the Arts for your support!