OUR ROLE + IMPACT

We support the
arts + artists in Allentown.

As the agency that champions the arts, we believe that a creative cultural environment is essential to the city’s well-being and we strive to integrate the arts into all aspects of city life. The Allentown Arts Commission supports the City by advocating for innovative arts policy, creating access for equitable participation in the arts, enlivening the urban environment, and fostering & enriching arts engagement for all residents. 

 

Inspiring a vibrant community through nurturing, sustaining & promoting the arts.

 

The 15-member Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council, supports the city agency. Commission members include artists, community leaders, arts professionals and other citizens with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Allentown's arts community.

 

The Arts Commission advises the Mayor and City Council on all matters affecting the beauty and culture of the city. The Arts Commission Program administers and develops projects which accomplish this mission by: 

  • Encouraging programs for the cultural enrichment of the city and helping to make city resources available to cultural groups 

  • Providing assistance to groups and individuals wishing to host or sponsor neighborhood events 

  • Coordinating and strengthening existing organizations in the arts and developing cooperation with regional organizations 

  • Providing Information Referrals to the public, arts community, other City Departments, and City Council on cultural concerns and resource networking 

The Commission meets the third Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. in Allentown City Hall Conference Room 5-1. Meetings are open to the public and a schedule of annual meetings is published on or about January 1 each year.

1/16/2020, 2/20/2020, 3/19/2020, 4/16/2020 – Virtual, 5/21/2020 – Virtual, 6/18/2020, 7/16/2020, 8/20/2020, 9/17/2020, 10/15/2020, 11/19/2020, 12/17/2020

Download Codified Ordinance, Title Eleven, Article 165

THE COMMISSIONERS

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Jane Heft

Commission Chair
VP, Director of Project Design,
City Center Investment Corp

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Daniel Diaz

Commissioner
Business Development Manager
Community & Economic Development
City of Allentown

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Norberto Dominquez

Commissioner
Resident

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Shannon Fugate

Commissioner

Executive Director,

The Baum School of Art

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Sharon Glassman

Commissioner
Past President,
Civic Theatre of Allentown

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Louis Holzman

Commissioner
Director, Business Development
Altitude Marketing

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Al Jacobson

Commissioner
Executive Director,
Allentown Symphony Association

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Daniel Kainz

Artist/Sculptor

Sean King

Commissioner
Director,
Cultural Coalition of Allentown

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Billy Mack

Commissioner

Community Member

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Tanya Tyler

Commissioner
Executive Assistant, Air Products & Chemicals

Deborah Rabinsky

Commissioner
Curator & Director, Allentown Arts Commission MEZZ Gallery

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