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Allentown Arts Commission

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.

Public Artists Call

The Allentown Arts Commission is looking for artists for Artists in Residency Program. (read more)

Artist in Residence Application

David Mickenberg
Allentown Art Museum

Kim Danish

Daniel Diaz
City of Allentown

Norberto Dominguez

Sharon Glassman
Civic Theatre

Jane Heft
City Center Allentown

Daniel Kainz

Sean King
Cultural Coalition of Allentown

Billy Mack
Coffee House without Limits

Phil Osborne
Digital Feast

Deborah Rabinsky

Mary Viola
City of Allentown