If you could bottle joy in South Bethlehem, you’d be gathering this Saturday. Our campus pulled out all the stops last weekend with the Candidates Day and the International Bazaar. Now, it’s the community’s turn. These once a year events are known in the community as the “unofficial kick off to the festival season in Bethlehem.”
Founded 18 years ago to celebrate Bethlehem’s historic, revitalized Southside, “Spring on Fourth! What’s on Third?” is a free, public event that takes place along Third, Fourth and New streets. Read more about the local businesses and cool places in the DYK series of blog posts by Lehigh students here. There’s also a chili contest going on. If you didn’t get a passport, there are still a great number of restaurants selling chili – even if it’s not on their menu. This is a great day to step off campus, even for just a couple of hours before the big SunDazed event on the mountain.
11am – 3pm
Cops n Kids Seventh Annual Celebration of Reading and the Arts and Sciences in the parking lots at Looper’s and Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center. Music and dance performances from all of the area school groups plus reading and activity stations make this even a must do for all families with young kids.
11am-5pm along the Greenway
Lehigh Valley Sierra Club Earth Day
Live music, speakers and demonstrations on how individuals can remain environmentally conscious in their everyday practices are planned. Acoustic musical performance from Dave Fry, Dan DeChellis, The Druckenmillers, Dave Reber, Jackie Tice, Piper’s Request and Last Small Town will be among the local performers.
Activities also happening Sunday, April 21st from noon-5pm. Read more here,
Touchstone Theatre performances of “Ulysses Dreams” on the Greenway
Touchstone goes Epic! This season the Touchstone Ensemble bring you a modern adaptation of the adventures of the hero Ulysses.
The adaptation, performed in the form of a song cycle deals with the character of Ulysses and his relationship with various women in his life, from his mother’s care for him in childhood, to the nymphs and goddesses who trouble him on his journey home, to his loving wife Penelope waiting patiently for his return.
The Touchstone Ensemble welcomes a number of guest artists coming together for this production. In addition to playwriting by Touchstone Affiliate Christopher Shorr, the company welcomes longtime friend Professor Ripa of Lehigh University’s Department of Theatre, former Ensemble Member Susan Chase, past Musical Directors Jason Hedrington and Kevin O’Boyle, as well as professional and community actors and musicians from the area.
*This show is outdoors! BUT…..click HERE to find out what happens if it RAINS.
9am-3pm in the ArtsQuest Center at Steelstacks
The Eastern Pennsylvania Health & Wellness Expo is a unique creation where family, fun, and education come together. You’ll discover kid friendly activities, testing or relax at one of the seminars. No matter what age, there will be something for everyone. Plan now to bring the entire family.
This free, family filled fun expo includes:
- Medical Screenings
- Numerous Informational Seminars
- Valuable Prizes Given Away Hourly
- Bethlehem Fire Department Truck and Smoke House
- Mobile Veterans Counseling Center
And much more!
To be eligible for any prize, online registration is required. Go to http://www.ephwe.com and click on “Event Registration”. Complete the entire form with your correct information.
April 20th 7:30 pm
In celebration of National Poetry Month a program will feature individuals and their work, inspired by a love of poetry, and buoyed by a strong conviction in collaborative arts and the power it has to transform our lives. Poetry and Song from the Real World will show how artists of all kinds are using poems in their daily lives, making them concrete and alive.
John Fox, international speaker, author and facilitator whose work in poetry therapy for over 25 years has benefited many people in all kinds of settings including hospitals, retreat centers, and schools. www.poeticmedicine.org
Craig Czury, an internationally published poet, poetry activist, and recently interviewed on NPR, will read from his Thumb Notes Almanac, poems from interviews while hitchhiking NEPA’s “fracking” region. http://craigczury.com/
Heather Thomas, author of six books of poetry and a professor at Kutztown University, will offer a tribute to the great 20th century poet H.D., who was born in Bethlehem and is buried in Nisky Cemetery. http://faculty.kutztown.edu/hthomas/reviews.htm
Michael London, Muhlenberg professor and musician, inspired by the poetry of Rumi will play songs and music with Sarah Carlson as dancer and Lisa DeVuono as reader.www.michaellondon.net
Tickets: $10 general public, $5 student with ID
Lehigh University offers many courses in the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurialism, Creativity and Innovation that give students an opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs in business and in society. One course offered in the spring is ENT 198: Art Entrepreneurship Community. In this course, students explore the dynamic relationship between art(its), producer (private, public, single and multiple) and audience. A significant part of their learning is through applying their own talents to the annual Spring on Fourth festival. Through this practicum, students have seen the impact of their work in terms of relationship building between the South Bethlehem business community and the campus.
They have also been given a great opportunity to see how a festival impacts local businesses. These local business are the backbone of the local economy; and students are learning all of the owner’s names through conversations; not by their name tags. They have become familiar with the assets of the community around their campus – and are coming to understand the value and shared responsibility of supporting a local economy through events and festivals that raise the quality of life for all citizens who live and work in the same zip code.
Stay tuned for posts from the students about what they think are cool things in South Bethlehem in a series called DYK (“Did you know”?).
Here are links to the first three written posts – and a super fun video promoting the Spring on Fourth Festival:
#1 The Steel Pub – written by Enrique Carrion
#2 Cleo’s Silversmith Studio & Gallery - written by Emily Koehler
#3 The Banana Factory – written by Megan Woolbert
Megan also created this promotional video for the Spring on Fourth festival
stay tuned for more creative contributions from Lehigh’s students!
The sculpture studio of Professor Lucy Gans (Art, Architecture and Design Department at Lehigh) has created window installations for Southside Bethlehem merchants. After a semester-long study of form, students have produced low-cost sculptural installations from found or sustainable materials. Their work will be displayed through the end of April.
Opening exhibition during South Bethlehem’s First Friday, April 5, 2013 from 6 to 10 PM.
In support of the student leaders of the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra, we post the campaign statements of each student nominated to serve on the LUPhil board in the following postions: President – two nominations: DeVaughn Roberts Max Watkins External Vice President Sam Present Dan Shin James Copti Internal Vice President Haley Robinson Treasurer Emilia … Continue reading
This post is written for Lehigh University’s students, staff, faculty and our community readers who may be thinking about what to do with their children this summer. That’s right – school will eventually end. Life as we know it will become consumed by the ritual of SUMMER CAMPS!
One of our favorite activities is to try to accumulate information that may be useful for our readers. We try to be as comprehensive as possible. However, , please add anything we miss to the comments section on this post in the Arts@Lehigh Blog.
We urge you to spend some time poking around the website links we’ve provided. There’s a wealth of opportunity for kids in South Bethlehem! Most of these camps have discounts for early registration, and for more than one child!
Each summer, Lehigh University Athletics offers over 50 different summer camps in over 19 different sport programs and 20+ clinics throughout the year. Campers return to our highly rated camps year after year. Last year, 97.3% said they would return and recommend our outstanding camps program.
The CHOICES summer camp is designed to provide middle-school girls with the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun engineering and science experiments led by women engineers (students and faculty) from Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. For more information, visit this link.
Classes available on both Greenpond and Fowler Family (Southside) campus. Download the catalog here:
Students are urged to register at least 10 days prior to the start of class. Classes designed for age groups Children (3-5, 5+, 5-8, 7-12) and Teens (13-17)
These programs have been made possible by Southside Vision 2014, with support from PPL Corporation, Spectrum Health Ventures, Inc., Just Born, Inc., PA Department of Community and Economic Development, the City of Bethlehem and Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem.
Our Center is a Safe Heaven which becomes an alternative to gang involvement. Our goal is to offer our youth quality after school programs that impact the whole child and family. Parental involvement is a key part of our program goal. We have many volunteer and community service opportunities.
Through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, the Hispanic Center partners with Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School and Holy Infancy School to offer academic, enrichment and recreational activities to their students. The programs are offered after school Monday through Friday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and for five weeks during the summer.
The ADVENTURE CAMP is an all-day or half-day camp for children ages 3 through 2nd Grade. These one-week camp opportunities are the perfect fit for those campers who want to explore a variety of activities.
PYT’s SHOWTIME CAMP are performance camps for young performers going into 3rd Grade through 12th Grade. These one OR two-week camps include 2 different productions, two trips to Broadway, and throwing pies at each other!
A two-week summer theatre day camp, where kids aged 8-12 years old are guided through the process of creating original theatre as an “Ensemble.” Led by Touchstone teaching artists, participants gain experience in acting, playwriting, improvisation, movement, and character development…while developing self-confidence, creative expression, and skills of group collaboration. Camp Touchstone is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young people to discover their unique artistic voices in a playful and encouraging environment. The program culminates in a theatrical presentation for friends and family onstage in Touchstone’s intimate 75-seat theatre.
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University proudly presents Matthew Morrison, the Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated star from Fox TV’s hit television series Glee, for Gala2013 on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Morrison will perform a variety of Broadway standards and hits of the Great American Songbook alongside a 65-piece symphony orchestra.
Concert-only tickets go on sale to the general public July 11, 2013. Tickets will be available at $75 and $150 and include the 8 pm performance and a post-performance dessert reception. There are a limited number of tickets available at $55 for all full-time students. Zoellner Arts Center subscribers and donors will be able to purchase concert-only tickets in advance of the general public sale date on April 6, 2013. To become a subscriber or donor, contact Ticket Services at 610-758-2787, ext. 0 or www.zoellnerartscenter.org.
Gala Evening tickets are on sale now for “An Evening with Matthew Morrison.” Tickets for Zoellner Arts Center’s premier fundraiser are $550, which includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, preferred concert seating and a post-performance dessert reception. To purchase gala evening tickets call 610-758-5071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase information.
Now a familiar face on the television as Will Schuester on Glee, this Southern California native has been turning heads on the Great White Way for years. After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, Morrison made his debut on Broadway in Footloose, followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of the Broadway production of Hairspray that served as his breakthrough and led to Morrison being cast in the critically acclaimed The Light In The Piazza. His portrayal of young lover Fabrizio Naccarelli garnered him a Tony-Award nomination. Morrison also starred as Lieutenant Cable in the Lincoln Center production South Pacific.
Morrison is the first artist signed to 222 Records, the new label started by Adam Levine, the leader of multi-platinum group Maroon 5. His new album comes out in 2013. Though Morrison enjoys making recordings, the stage is where he comes alive. “At the end of the day, I’m a song and dance man,” says Morrison. “It’s almost a spiritual relationship you have with an audience…I love it more than anything.”
Funds raised at Gala2013 support the arts at Lehigh University and Zoellner Arts Center’s presentations of world-class guest artists, community service initiatives, educational and family programs. Gala2013 Committee members are Oldrich Foucek III, chair, Jasmin Bourdier-Caceres, Valerie Johnson, Kirk Kozero, Lisa Macsisak, Brenda McGlade, Colleen Mooney-McGee, Alex Tamerler and Ilene Wood.
There are so many special moments that happen inside an arts center. One expects arts administrators to brag epic performances by world renown artists. But this post is dedicated to the other “epic” events that happen inside the brick and mortar of the Zoellner Arts Center. For each activity listed, there was a series of conversations between faculty, staff and administrators to facilitate these transformative moments for our students. Because that’s what we do.
These are but a few of the moments that happened in the last few weeks:
Students from Art 135-Painting II (Professor Berrisford Booth) displayed their paintings and select architecture drawings in the Zoellner Arts Center green room for former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright’s enjoyment prior to her lecture on “Cultural Understanding and Tolerance” in Baker Hall, February 12, 2013.
But this sin’t the only amazing thing the visual arts students are up to. In fact, the Department of Art, Architecture and Design has been doing some amazing things with their website, including student achievement news. Want to see the winning design for this year’s Lehigh T-shirt? We’re going to make you click here to see it.
Last Friday night, as the cast and crew of Urinetown were taking their bows, they were joined by Mark Hollman. Hollman won the 2002 Tony Award for music and lyrics to Urinetown. Hollman also visited the cast and crew during rehearsals in February.
The opportunity for students to meet the person who wrote the work of art is tremendous. To have time and access to receive feedback from the artist is extraordinary.
Students who perform with the Lehigh University Jazz Ensemble also had a few spectacular moments with a great artist. Jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, who has appeared on hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa.
Students were able to spend couple of hours in rehearsals on Saturday, as well as share the stage for the concert that night.
Years from now, all of these students will remember these moments. We thank all of the faculty, staff, administrators and sponsors who helped this moments happen.