Submit an Arts ‘Rock Star’ for the Linny Awards

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ArtsQuest Accepting Nominations for 2018 Awards; Winners to be Honored Nov. 8 at SteelStacks

BETHLEHEM, PA—Every day across our region, artists of all styles, mediums and genres are doing amazing things to educate students, enrich the community and promote the Lehigh Valley as a dynamic tourist destination through the arts. If you have a family member or co-worker who’s also a dynamic artist, or you happen to be neighbors with an arts teacher that students rave about, then the ArtsQuest Foundation invites you to nominate them for the Linny Awards, the multi-discipline arts awards designed to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the region’s artists, educators, businesses, volunteers and philanthropists. From now through May 14, nominations are being accepted for visual, literary and performing artists; volunteers; arts educators; and philanthropists who have made significant contributions to the arts through their work. You may also nominate area businesses for their dedication and support of arts and culture in the Lehigh Valley for the Linnys’ “Business Supporter of the Arts” awards. The 2018 Linny Award categories now open for submissions include:
  • Visual Artist of the Year
  • Performing Artist of the Year
  • Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Arts Educator of the Year
  • Philanthropy in the Arts Award
  • Excellence in Product Design Award
  • Student Artist Scholarship Award
  • Business Supporter of the Arts Award
  • Any individual, business or community group interested in nominating a person or business for the Linny Awards can do at Winners will be selected by the official Linny Awards jurying panel, with the winners announced in mid-July. In addition to the awards made by the jurying panel, the ArtsQuest Foundation will present three awards to distinguished individuals from the region for their longtime commitment and dedication to the arts: The Pinnacle of the Arts Award, Lifetime Achievement Artist Award and Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award. The winners of these three awards will be announced later this year. All 2018 Linny Award winners will be honored during the Linny Awards ceremony Nov. 8, 6 p.m., at Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, located in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Last year’s winners included Daniel Dae Kim, who received the Pinnacle of the Arts Award; Dolores Laputka, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award; and Steve Coleman, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Artist Award. ArtsQuest also has select opportunities for sponsors who are interested in saluting the ‘rock stars’ of the Lehigh valley’s arts scene. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring an award or table at the 2018 awards ceremony, contact ArtsQuest Development Coordinator Susanna O'Connor at Named after the late Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler, a stained glass artist and community leader who supported artists and arts organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley for more than a quarter century, the Linny Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the region’s flourishing arts community. The Linnys are open to individuals and businesses living or working in Lehigh, Northampton, upper Bucks and upper Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey. Proceeds from the Linny Awards go to support the nonprofit ArtsQuest Foundation, which Fowler helped found in 2003. The nonprofit foundation is focused on supporting and strengthening the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and more than 2,500 other programs, events and educational classes annually for our region. For complete information on the foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit