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ARTSQUEST TO RECEIVE $20,000 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – ArtsQuest has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support The SteelStacks Jazz Series. This project will support SteelStacks jazz performances with education and outreach activities. ArtsQuest’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding. “As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as ArtsQuest reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.” "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer these impactful programs for our community with NEA's generous support," said ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan. "Especially during these difficult times, this support helps to make it all possible." The SteelStacks Jazz Series aims to lower barriers to involvement in the arts for at-risk students in the Bethlehem and Allentown School Districts, while also making jazz an easily accessible and enjoyable experience for members of the community. The SteelStacks Jazz Series events will take place in the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, the Fowler Blast Furnace Room, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks and within the classrooms of our educational partners in the Bethlehem Area School District and the Allentown City School District. This series features free programming, performances, workshops and outreach activities for the local Southside Bethlehem community and the entire Lehigh Valley region. Both free and ticketed performances by award-winning jazz musicians are offered on ArtsQuest’s campus. Educational workshops are held for local middle and high school students and educators. Students also compete in the annual High School Jazz Band Showcase for the chance to open for a SteelStacks Jazz Series headliner. For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.