The Allentown Arts Commission promotes and encourages public artistic programs, furthers the development and public awareness of and interest in the fine and performing arts, and acts as an advisory board to the City in all matters pertaining to the arts and cultural development of Allentown.
Additionally, the Allentown Arts Commission shall provide for the assessment of the artistic needs of the community; provide the means for the development of a comprehensive city-wide plan to encourage and strengthen artistic and cultural resources; develop program in the arts which shall seek to introduce the visual and performing arts to City residents who have previously not participated in such activities and encourage existing organizations to develop new ways of reaching the community; provide a forum of communication between representatives of the community and the City; act as an advisory board to the City in all matters pertaining to the arts and the cultural development of the City and give approval to specific locations of all art objects given to the City place in the Allentown Park System or on other City Property. The Commission is established in ordinance, where the Mayor appoints 15 members with the advice and consent of Council for staggered 5 year terms.
The Commission meets the third Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. in Allentown City Hall- Conference Room 5-1. Meetings are open to the public and a schedule of annual meetings is published on or about January 1 each year.
2019 Arts Ovation Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the Allentown Arts Commission’s 31st Annual Arts Ovation Awards Celebration, to be held in Downtown Allentown on September 26, 2019. The event celebrates outstanding achievements in the Arts. The nomination form is found below. The deadline for all nomination forms is July 24th at 4pm.
2019 Arts Ovation Award Nomination Form