Each year the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission holds a community-wide reception presenting awards honoring those who have made a substantial contribution to local arts. This year the reception will be on Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7 PM, at the Payne Gallery. The awardees are Dave Fry, the Moravian College Dance Company, and ArtsLehigh; two awards with Lehigh University connections!
INDIVIDUAL AWARD – Dave Fry (Lehigh University, ’73) will be honored for his multiple musical talents and his devotion to Bethlehem, making it a folk and bluegrass hub for fans and performers alike. Dave is a consummate folk musician, family entertainer and educator, now bringing his music to a 4th generation of Bethlehem families. He has shaped the Bethlehem arts scene for 40 years as an arts-entrepreneur-artist: he is a performing musician, arts-educator, Touchstone Theater actor, community radio DJ, recording artist and founder/artistic director of Godfrey Daniels. He is an irreverent and much-beloved local personality, widely recognized for the humor that makes his performances seem effortless.
INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE AWARD – ArtsLehigh will be recognized for their programs, particularly the newsletter, which reaches out to engage the larger community in the arts. ArtsLehigh’s weekly eNewsletter actively promotes the local arts scene by reaching a significant portion of Lehigh University undergraduate students, faculty and staff, as well as over 2,000 readers in the local area. Each week, the newsletter lists the arts and cultural events happening on campus and in town. Their mission, accomplished on a shoestring budget, has been to become the public face of Lehigh University’s arts presence. Local businesses and arts organizations have seen an increased participation as a result of this effort.
Silagh White, Lehigh University Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs said, “We couldn’t be more delighted to be recognized by the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, and from members in the community who submitted nominations on our behalf. We are humbled to be a part of an event that recognizes Dave Fry; a hero to so many music lovers in the Lehigh Valley, and around the country.”