Gratitude for 2010

ArtsLehigh is grateful for the opportunity to share news and information about arts and culture at Lehigh University and in our fair Bethlehem City. As always, we invite you to share this information and your perspective on the arts in our area. Next year we’ll be stepping up activity on the blogs, Facebook and Twitter as we continue to highlight the creative work that surrounds us. Join the party, won’t you?

And so we’ve come to the end of another calendar year. Many of us pause to reflect on the challenges and successes we’ve had these past 12 months. We wish all our readers find time to recharge before returning to campus again for another go at learning, problem solving and discovery. Some of us will stay close by to celebrate the New Year with our neighbors.

Blog readers who have not signed up for our newsletter may be missing our information resource. Each week, ArtsLehigh’s emails a newsletter that gathers information about arts and culture on Lehigh’s campus as well as in South Bethlehem, and events just across the Lehigh river and occasionally beyond those limits. You may sign up to receive this weekly newsletter here.

If you are staying in town, we share with you events that are happening in the next two weeks.

Our newsletter will be on holiday next week. We will return to your inbox on January 5, 2011.

Have a safe and Happy New Year.

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Two thoughts for the day

Those who present the music, dance, theatre, art, poetry, or design are veritable stewards of the holiday traditions we hold dear. When you are out experiencing the delights, think about the designers of the cards you are sending, the musicians in the studio, or the artisans creating unique pieces that inspire that “hard to buy for” person on your list. We may get lost in the commercialization, but as we are reminded about the real meaning of the holidays, think also about the real meaning of the arts – and what the continued support of those who cultivate it mean. Imagine the holidays without music, decorations or traditions. It’s just a thought.

From time to time, we come across a piece that we want to share with our readers. The second thought for the day comes from Linda Ganus. Linda has many roles at Lehigh University: Music Department program coordinator and designer, admissions coordinator, orchestra assistant, and flute instructor. She has recently written an interesting personal perspective on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Linda has performed this piece hundreds of times, but most recently produced (with Lehigh University Orchestra conductor Eugene Albulescu) a visual interpretation of the Nutcracker Suite to accompany the famous composition. This visual work was premiered at the Lehigh Philharmonic concert last weekend. Her relationship with the piece, the story, and the various complex discussions about the Nutcracker inspired her to share these thoughts on her blog. Here is a bit:

Image by Linda Ganus

“It seems pleasantly surprising to me that amidst all the sanctimonious discussion (often bordering on intolerance) that surrounds celebration and inclusion or exclusion of various religious holidays around this time of year that the Nutcracker story and music should still be so ensconced in our celebrations.” Read more.

‘Tis the season in the Christmas City

This being the last week of classes, students and faculty are digging deep into the last reserves of energy to complete assignments and prepare for rigorous finals. Yet, ‘tis the season in our fair “Christmas” city. You will find so many opportunities to warm your heart during the dwindling days of the semester. This week’s newsletter is packed with everything we could find on line. No doubt, there is more to discover. Many Lehigh alumni fondly remember this time of year on campus and in South Bethlehem. If you can, try to enjoy some of these activities, or just give yourself a moment to soak in a little bit of the atmosphere. Bethlehem truly is a special place, made even more delightful during the season.

But if you can’t get out, here’s a little bit of cheer available right now. Cue up the video to 2:15 and you’ll see what one of the Live Advent Calendar events looks like. You may even recognize some of the performers here.
There’s a little event happening each day of the Live Advent Calendar at 5PM at the Goundie House across the river. Catch the loop bus or brave the wind on Fahy Bridge. It’s not too far.

Warmest wishes during the last week of classes.

World AIDs Day With(out) Art

World AIDS Day (December 1st) is about raising awareness, fighting prejudice, improving education and remembering the importance of research and prevention. It is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things to be done.

Day Without Art began in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part on both the national and international levels.

ArtsLehigh continues our annual tradition of shrouding some of the statues along Memorial Walk way to transform a piece of our campus to help raise awareness. Special thanks to Cassandra Reiley, Bryan Postelnek, Joshira Maduro, Kathryn Schnall, Carolina Mattson, and Lauren Riford for their help on the activity.

Other landmarks around the world will be turning “red” to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS. REDTM was created to bring the power of consumers, the public sector and the private sector to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. World AIDS Day is set to bring awareness to the AIDS pandemic by turning our cities (RED).

Another international symbol is the red ribbon worn by people all year round and particularly aroundWorld AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own.

If you want to take your awareness raising a step further, Come join the brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. TODAY in the ULRICH STUDENT CENTER – GREAT ROOM at 4:10 PM, as they construct the first HUMAN RED RIBBON here at Lehigh University, which is a ribbon composed of people in the shape of a ribbon wearing RED shirts.

Daniel Cobar, the photographer, will take the picture promptly at 4:30PM.

WEAR RED on WORLD AIDS DAY and be apart history here at Lehigh as we help raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic during national AIDS week.