Update: April 30, 2020
As we all know, May typically marks the start of the summer season at SteelStacks, with the first of our major outdoor events, the kickoff of the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Season and more. This year, however, things are markedly different as we’ve shifted from hosting in-person gatherings to presenting virtual programs and events.
In late March, ArtsQuest launched ArtsQuest@Home to connect our community, our students and our residents during this time of crisis. We recently added our 350th different event to the page, with more than 175 events and programs now appearing there on a regular basis. In addition, we have received generous contributions from BSI Corporate Benefits and King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul that will allow us to continue developing engaging, original online content in comedy, cinema, music and the arts.
Without a doubt, ArtsQuest’s programming is as important for the community now as it was before this crisis hit. The arts have the power to unite and heal communities, and we continue to see this based on feedback and outreach from our patrons and our students.
If you enjoy ArtsQuest’s festivals and events, or you appreciate the content you’ve found at ArtsQuest@Home, make a donation on Tuesday, May 5, to our nonprofit as part of #GivingTuesdayNow, the global movement to support community organizations during this time of crisis.
Or, Purchase an ArtsQuest Gift Card, good towards tickets, food & beverages or merchandise when we can all get back together safely.
As a staff, ArtsQuest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, connecting regularly with city and county government and health officials. The state remains under the stay at home order through at least May 8, with larger gatherings not permitted at this time. Hence, we have postponed our May programming including the opening weekend of Levitt Pavilion and the Step Outdoors festival.
The good news for Levitt fans is we will be announcing the lineup for the 10th year of the Levitt Pavilion during a special Levitt Pavilion Season Reveal Event on the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Facebook page May 1, 5 p.m.
As for Memorial Day Weekend presented by Embassy Bank, we will be offering a virtual version of our Memorial Day programming this year. Our programming teams are developing a special online salute to the men and women who protect and serve our nation including a virtual version of our annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony. We will also feature ‘Our Hometown Heroes’ banners on the SteelStacks campus for those who wish to view them by walking or cruising by following safe social distancing guidelines.
The Step Outdoors festival, originally set for May 30-31, has been postponed to June 5-6, 2021.
When it comes to changes in our summer programming schedule, we will continue to update this page and make announcements via our websites and social media. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of everyone who supports, attends, works and volunteers at our events and programs is our top concern.
We thank everyone for their understanding and continued support of ArtsQuest. If at any time you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: April 1, 2020
ArtsQuest continues to expand its ArtsQuest@Home programming to keep everyone connected through music and art.
Over the past week, we’ve added indie films and docs you can rent and stream online, with a portion of the proceeds going to support ArtsQuest. We’re also adding virtual comedy classes, creative art workshops, launched digital gallery shows of our current exhibitions and just started “SteelStacks Lunch Break,” featuring livestreamed mini-sets from Musikfest and SteelStacks performers.
Upcoming Lunch Break shows include:
Wednesday, April 1: Kendal Conrad
Thursday, April 2: Stacy Gabel
Friday, April 3: The Groove Merchants
Tuesday, April 7: Craig Thatcher
Wednesday, April 8: Carly Moffa
Thursday, April 9: Mosey Beat
As for our regular programming, we continue to follow the Commonwealth’s ‘stay at home’ order – our buildings remain closed at this time with all in-person programming suspended until further notice. All April events, including the April Cars & Coffee, have been postponed (Easter Brunch has been cancelled) and we are working on rescheduling as many of these programs and concerts as possible. Many of our March and April Musikfest Café concerts have already been rescheduled for dates later in 2020 or early in 2021 and we are notifying ticket buyers directly of all changes.
Please know that the health, safety and well-being of everyone who supports, attends, works and volunteers at our events and programs is our top concern. We continue to monitor closely all the developments in regard to the coronavirus, and we look forward to the time when we can get back together safely to laugh, dance, hug, sing and enjoy concerts, classes and the arts!
We thank everyone for their understanding and for your continued support of ArtsQuest. If at any time you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
UPDATE: March 20, 2020
ArtsQuest Launching ‘At Home’ Programming
As a community-focused arts organization, we’ve been committed to providing free and low-cost arts, cultural and educational programming for our region for that past 36 years.
While the spread of COVID-19 has caused everyone to change their daily life and work routines, our programming teams and staff have developed a series of content that’s focused on putting the arts into people’s homes. Our goal is to engage audiences and keep them tied to the community, using the power of the arts to connect individuals, even if we can’t all be in the same place at the same time.
In the coming days, we’ll rolling out a variety of arts programming to engage and educate audiences via our website and social media. Just a few highlights include promoting our local musicians’ streaming concerts, sharing our staff’s favorite art gallery tours, having our staff lead video toddler storytimes from home, and promoting playlists of upcoming ArtsQuest shows or favorite artists from diverse genres. We will also be creating some of our own original content with our cinema and comedy teams and sharing that out as well. We invite you to check it out at www.artsquest.org/athome, and please feel free to share with others who may benefit or enjoy this programming.
UPDATE: March 16, 2020
At ArtsQuest, the health and safety of everyone who supports, attends, works and volunteers at our events and programs is our top concern. As an organization, we have been monitoring closely all the developments in regard to the coronavirus and its spread.
Following the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations this weekend that organizations postpone in-person events and gatherings consisting of 50 people or more, ArtsQuest is closing the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks and the Banana Factory to the public effective noon, March 16 through at least March 31. All programming at the buildings, including cinema screenings and comedy shows at the ArtsQuest Center and classes at the Banana Factory, have been suspended at this time.
Students enrolled in any Banana Factory class or workshop do not need to contact ArtsQuest in regard to these programs as ArtsQuest will make every effort to reschedule postponed class and workshop sessions. ArtsQuest will contact students directly in regard to information on makeup dates and rescheduled classes.
“The health and well-being of our community is the main concern for us at ArtsQuest as we all grapple with the impact COVID-19 is having on our region, our state and our nation,” says ArtsQuest President & CEO Kassie Hilgert. “We all need to do what we can to help mitigate the spread of the virus.”
“As a presenting arts organization, ArtsQuest is usually all about bringing our community together through music, art and cultural celebrations; however, it’s in the best interest of everyone that we close our buildings to the public until at least March 31 and do what we can to promote social distancing and other best practices when it comes to slowing the spread of this disease. We know there will be better days ahead and we look forward to seeing everyone at our concerts and programs down the road.”
ArtsQuest previously announced that it had postponed all ArtsQuest Center Musikfest Café concerts through March 31. Patrons should hold on to their tickets for all postponed shows, and tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates.
Three Musikfest Café concerts have already been rescheduled:
- The Amish Outlaws have been rescheduled to Thursday, July 23, 2020
- Gary Hoey has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2021
- Everlast has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 14, 2021
ArtsQuest will announce details on the other postponed shows as we confirm the new performance dates.
In addition to the ArtsQuest properties, the City of Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority’s Visitor Center at SteelStacks and Hoover Mason Trestle at SteelStacks are also closed through at least March 31.
ArtsQuest continues to follow this situation closely and will provide additional updates as needed. For the latest updates, we ask you that you please visit our website, www.artsquest.org.
We thank everyone for their understanding during these uncertain times and for your continued support of ArtsQuest. If at any time you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.