• Coordinating, Communicating and Advocating for the Arts in Allentown

    Art Around Every Corner

  • 2019 Arts Ovation Nominations

    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.

  • Kids Arts Zone June 8

    Join the Cultural Coalition along with our partners from the Allentown Art Museum, Baum School of Art plus special guests from Book & Puppet at the Blues, Brews & BBQ Event on Saturday, June 8 from 12PM-6PM

    Find us at The Archive at 647 Hamilton Street!

  • Artist Call for Tango instructor
    for Hispanic Heritage Month

    2019 Tango Dancing Project for Sept-Oct 2019

    Application Deadline on June 24

    The Cultural Coalition of Allentown is proud to announce a public artist call for individual artists and organizations to apply for the 2019 TANGO DANCING PROJECT in conjunction with the City of Allentown’s Hispanic Heritage Month in September-October, 2019. We are looking for expert Tango Instructors for this project.

     

    TANGO PROJECT OUTLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

     

    The Tango instructor will create and manage a program to instruct and perform Tango dances at several public events during Hispanic Heritage month. Instruction may include professionals, and anyone that agrees to participate in the project. Adults and children are welcome to participate. Instructor is responsible to engage participants at scheduled performance dates. Participants should wear traditional Tango dress.

     

    Hispanic Heritage Month time frame is from September 15th through Oct 17th.

     

    The Tango performances will occur in multiple locations in the city of Allentown, in conjunction with other programing for the Hispanic Heritage Month.

     

    Artist in Residence: Tango Instructor Objectives

    • Outreach to the community, Tango enthusiasts, and the public to attend the events and learn the Tango

    • Will work with the Hispanic Heritage Month committee members.

    • Reach out to the Allentown School District for potential student participation

    • Will create the Tango dance program and music, choreograph the dancers, and oversee all performances.

    • Prior to all performances, the instructor will provide a cultural overview of the Tango dance origin and history, the clothing and meaning of each dance.

    • Overall Goal is to provide education on the Tango dance to the public and showcase dancers at the pubic venues to increase interest and awareness of this Hispanic Heritage Culture.

     

    Scheduled Dates for Public Performances (Location subject to change)

    1. September 15, 2019 - Opening Night at City Hall. An official announcement will be made about the Tango dancers’ locations, dates and this is the first performance.
    2. September 19, 2019 -  A Third Thursday event, The second Tango dance performance at the Baum School
    3. September 20, 2019 - The third Tango dance performance Stevens Park.
    4. September 29, 2019 - Fourth Tango dance performance (Location TBD)
    5. October 17, 2019 - Third Thursday Final Tango dance Performance at the Allentown Art Museum Community Room
    6. Other dates in October to be announced


    Eligibility Requirements and Project Objectives:
    • Artist must live, study or currently work in the City of Allentown
    • Artist must submit a detailed proposal via email (Only accepting electronic submissions)

    • Deadline for proposal submission is June 24, 2019 at 5pm.
    • Artist must submit proposal using the Authentically Allentown Artist-in-Residence Form DOWNLOAD HERE for acceptance.
    • Submissions must be sent to Deborah Rabinsky, Artistic Operations Director at Deborah@culturalcoalitionofallentown.org We’re sorry but we are only accepting electronic submissions at this time.

     

    Winner Selection

    A panel of judges drawn from the local art community will select the winner based on meeting the eligibility requirements, budget, and overall plan to meet the above objectives.

    Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent electronically to all artists via email.

    If selected, Artist has two weeks to complete a detailed work-plan with timelines, budget and materials.


    For more information on the 2019 Authentically Allentown Artist-in-Residence Program please email Deborah Rabinsky or call 484.809.2853.

  • Artist Call for Summer 2019
    Authentically Allentown
    Artist-in-Residence Programs

    Projects focus on Upside Allentown Region

    Project Awards to Be Announced by June 30

    The Cultural Coalition of Allentown is proud to announce a public artist call for individual artists and organizations to apply for the 2019 Authentically Allentown Artist-in-Residence Program for projects and programs in the neighborhoods and communities throughout the Upside Allentown area including Old Allentown, Old Fairgrounds, Jordan Heights, Promise Neighborhood, Seventh Street and the Downtown Allentown Business District.

    Two Authentically Allentown Artist-in-Residence Grants of $5,000-$7,500 will be awarded for projects and programs to be delivered during the June-September time period.

    Eligibility Requirements and Project Objectives:
    • Artist must live or currently work in the City of Allentown
    • Artist project must take place in one of the six designated neighborhoods. (Jordan Heights, Old Fair Grounds, 7th Street Corridor, Old Allentown, the Promise
    Neighborhood, or Downtown Allentown Business District)
    • Artist should focus on projects that enhance the neighborhood, and engage youth,
    families, and residents.
    • Artist must submit a detailed proposal via email (Only accepting electronic submissions)
    • Commitment document from a Community Partner is required. Partners include, but are not limited to: Allentown School District, Faith-based organizations, Neighborhood organizations and Community Centers.
    • Artist must provide a time line of the project completion no later than September 30, 2019
    • Artist must submit proposal using the Authentically Allentown Artist-in-Residence Form for acceptance.
    • Submissions must be sent to Deborah Rabinsky, Artistic Operations Director at Deborah@culturalcoalitionofallentown.org

    Artists of all genres including visual, music, theatre, dance, literary and digital are encouraged to submit a proposal to the Deb Rabinsky between April 15, 2019 and May 15, 2019 for projects to be completed by September 30, 2019. Eligible artists must live, work or study in Allentown and must submit their digital proposal including budget and time line by 11:59PM May 15, 2019.

    For more information on the 2019 Authentically Allentown Artist-in-Residence Program please email Deborah Rabinsky or call 484.809.2853.

  • Matt Halm Queen City Mural

    CCA joined with Ron Coleman to fund the Queen City installation by Allentown muralist Matt Halm at the property on Ninth Street in Downtown Allentown. The mural will be completed in early spring 2019.

  • Peter Pan Workshop

    CCA and Allentown Public Theatre came together to provide an interactive experience for children in the Jordan Heights neighborhood during the Summer of 2017 as part of the "Authentically Allentown" Artist-in-Residence program.

    Free workshops took place at several churches throughout the Jordan Heights neighborhood and capped off with a performance in August at Allentown Art Museum

    Allentown Public Theatre presented “Peter Pan: Wendy – An Adventure in Neverland” as an interactive experience for children throughout the Jordan Heights community of Allentown. The workshops consisted of different elements including acting, set design and costume making while preparing for a performance before an audience of parents, friends and community and church members.

     

    Participation was open to any child 5-12 years old from the Jordan Heights community and presented in a bilingual format.

     

    The “Authentically Allentown” Artist-in-Residence program is the initial signature initiative from CCA’s 20:21 Arts Plan. Working in collaboration with the Jordan Heights’ Neighborhood Revitalization program, two-hour workshops were held each day for three days with 10-20 neighborhood children, culminating in a free weekend performance of the play. Workshops were held in Grace Episcopal Church in June, Sacred Heart Church in July and Union Baptist Church in August. The entire series capped off with a performance of Wendy in Downtown Allentown in August as part of the Third Thursday on August 17 at the Allentown Art Museum.

     

    The Cultural Coalition of Allentown is supported by the Community Action Development Corporation (CADCA) and the Upside Allentown Neighborhood Partnership Program and the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation. The Upside Allentown neighborhoods consist of the Hamilton District, Old Allentown, Old Fairgrounds, Jordan Heights, Promise Neighborhood and Seventh Street.

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