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As a community-focused arts organization, ArtsQuest has been committed to providing free and low-cost arts, cultural and educational programming to our region for that past 36 years. While the spread of COVID-19 has caused everyone to change their daily life and work routines, we’re still working to bring the arts to you (while maintaining appropriate levels of social distancing)!

Below is a list of some of great digital events we’re planning or that we want to make you aware of… because the power of the arts connects individuals, even if we can’t all be in the same place at the same time.

So until we can hang in person, check out all these cool digital goings-on!

And don’t forget to check back OFTEN! We’re going to be updating this page frequently.

If you’d like to help support ArtsQuest and all our programs (Musikfest, SteelStacks, The Banana Factory Arts Center, and too many more to list here) during the coronavirus shutdown, you can donate to the organization here.

The recently enacted government stimulus bill (the CARES Act) also makes it easier to give to ArtsQuest. The bill grants an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations even if you don’t itemize your 2020 tax return. Consider using this benefit to support ArtsQuest. Plus, you can double your support if your company has a matching program. For individuals who itemize their deductions, the bill also increases the limit for contributions from 60% of the individual’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to 100%.

Live Stream Concerts

Special thanks to our friends and partners at The Lesson Center and St Luke’s University Health Network for their continued support of ArtsQuest and our Live Streaming Concerts Section of ArtsQuest @ Home!

SteelStacks Lunch Break

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Special thanks to our friends and partners at Fulton Bank, Keystone Canna Remedies, The Lesson Center and St Luke’s University Health Network for their continued support of ArtsQuest and the SteelStacks Lunch Break concert series!

Spend lunch with your favorite SteelStacks musicians!

Noon on the SteelStacks Facebook page

  • Thursday, June 4: Not For Coltrane
  • Friday, June 5: Carver Commodore
  • Friday, June 12: The Steel Blossoms
 

Other Live Streams Concerts

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We reached out to a bunch of artists and asked them to tell us about their upcoming live streams. Then, we scoured the interwebs to find even more streaming shows. Then we mashed them all together in this list, so you have any easy reference point for all the best shows!

So please enjoy these shows from your couch… Chances are they’re being performed from the artist’s couch too – we’re all in this thing together!

Want to get your live stream concert on our list? Fill out our form here: https://fest.formstack.com/forms/live_stream_submission

ALL TIMES LISTED BELOW ARE E.S.T.

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Levitt in Your Living Room

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The 2020 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Concert Series presented by Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network, will feature a virtual format that includes Thursday night livestreams by artists originally scheduled for the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks stage, web broadcasts of past Levitt Pavilion concerts on Fridays courtesy of Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, and livestreams on Saturdays presented by the other Levitt Pavilions around the nation.

  • June 4 Levitt SteelStacks in Your Living Room live with The Kat Wright Acoustic Trio
  • June 5 Levitt in Your Living Room with Service Electric: Empire Strikes Brass at Levitt SteelStacks in 2019
  • June 6 Levitt SteelStacks in Your Living Room with Jackie Venson at Levitt Shell Sioux Falls
  • June 11 Levitt SteelStacks in Your Living Room live with American Dinosaur
  • June 12 Levitt in Your Living Room with Service Electric: Splintered Sunlight in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling in 2016
  • June 13 Levitt in Your Living Room with Donna the Buffalo at Levitt Shell Memphis
  • June 18 Levitt SteelStacks In Your Living Room live with Yam Haus
  • June 19 Levitt in Your Living Room with Service Electric: Sun Parade at Levitt SteelStacks in 2018
  • June 20 Levitt in Your Living Room with Hippo Campus at Levitt Pavilion Denver
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Mercy Mondays

#MERCYMONDAYS #VIRTUALLITTLEREALLYBIGSHOW BENEFITTING MERCY SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL LEARNING PRESENTED BY ARTSQUEST

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS AIR PRODUCTS, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS AND ASR MEDIA PRODUCTIONS

“The show must go on!” We are thrilled to bring you four Virtual Shows featuring so many amazing talents including our Mercy Students. Stay tuned for our encore show!

Click the links below to watch the full shows from the Mercy YouTube Channel.

Learn more & donate to Mercy School For Special Learning using the links below.

www.mercyschool.org/give-to-mercy OR Paypal @mercyschool OR Text Give2Mercy to 44321

If you’re not already familiar with Mercy, you’ll have a chance to learn a little bit more about our mission, which is: To give all children and young adults with special needs the best opportunity to reach their utmost potential.

Mercy Monday (5/11): Virtual Little Really Big Show featuring Vonda Shepard, Michael Cavanaugh, Art Garfunkel Jr., Bart Shatto, Trace McSorley, Jay Wright, Daniel Roebuck, Luisa and Ellie Capobianco, Caroline Patruno, Gabriella Maniscalco and the Mercy Students. Benefitting Mercy School for Special Learning presented by ArtsQuest, Air Products, CrossAmerica Partners and ASR Media.

Mercy Monday (5/4): Virtual Little Really Big Show featuring Marc Martel, Lou Holtz & MORE! Benefiting Mercy School for Special Learning presented by ArtsQuest

Mercy Monday (4/27): Virtual Little Really Big Show featuring Steven Maglio

Mercy Monday (4/20): Virtual Little Really Big Show featuring Craig Thatcher

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Comedy

Virtual Comedy Classes

 

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Film

Movie Talks with the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema Team

Special thanks to our friends and partners at Fulton Bank, Cafe The Lodge, Coringrato Insurance, Steel Fitness, The Steel Club, and Donegal Square for their continued support of ArtsQuest and the Movie Talks series!

The team from our Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas is watching some of the best films available to stream at home and then they’re going to host live streams so we can all nerd out and talk about ’em together!

We’ll post upcoming talks a couple days in advance, so you can watch the movies before we host the talks.

Movie Talks are free to participate in, but you do have to reserve your spot in advance. Click the links below for more info and the registration links.

 

Exclusive Online Screenings

We are delighted to announce that we have been given exclusive access to films via online streaming by rental or purchase. When you purchase or rent the film via our website, a percentage of the gross will go to ArtsQuest, further enabling us to provide arts and entertainment to our community and beyond while our doors are closed.

Virtual Screening Room FAQ

 

The ArtsQuest At Home 48 Hour Quarantine Film Challenge

You’ve done all the puzzles, cleaned all the closets, and found the end of Netflix. So we switched that up for people to *make* something for the screen instead! ArtsQuest challenged the community to make short movies within a 48 hour time span during quarantine.

 

SmartsQuest

We’ll have a grand prize of a $25 gift card to either Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub or McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar, two great Bethlehem businesses currently offering curbside pickup!

SmartsQuest is written and hosted by Steven Bost, the writer/host of several trivia nights throughout the Lehigh Valley.

There are currently no events scheduled. Please view the full calendar for all upcoming events!

 

Reel Rumble

Reel Rumble is a Family Feud-style game show where teams of experts from local cinemas compete to guess the most popular answers to movie-related trivia. ArtsQuest, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and Renew Theaters surveyed their Southeastern Pennsylvania movie-buff patrons for the answers. How well do these “experts” know their audiences? Find out in Reel Rumble!

REEL RUMBLE: Episode 1 – ArtsQuest vs. Renew Theaters

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Visual Arts

Special thanks to our friends and partners at Cornerstone, Crayola, Fulton Bank, Highmark Blue Shield and Lehigh Valley Health Network for their continued support of ArtsQuest and the Visual Arts programming on ArtsQuest @ Home!

VIRTUAL Wine’d Down Workshop: Painted Cigar Box

Turn a cigar box into a work of art with this simple painting project! This project is intended to be self-guided, with video and written instructions available to all participants.

 

Stay Creative Workshops

ArtsQuest Visual Arts Staff and Educators show you how to stay creative while at home with these easy art projects. By using materials that you can find around your house or yard, we’ll help you create unique works of art from the comfort of your own home! Once you create something, post a picture on Instagram and tag us #quarantineartclub #bfquarantineartclub @bananafactory_pa

 

Digital Exhibitions

View the exhibitions from The Banana Factory online!

 

Blooming Seeds Coloring Book by Pau Quintanajornet

 

Quarantine Art Club

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Help us share some artful cheer during this isolating time! Post your quarantine creations on Instagram with the hashtags #bfquarantineartclub, #quarantineartclub and tag @bananafactory_pa for a chance to be featured on our story! Make sure your account is public so we can see and share your posts.

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Family & Educational

Special thanks to our friends and partners at Highmark Blue Shield and Lehigh Valley Health Network for their continued support of ArtsQuest and the Educational programming on ArtsQuest @ Home!

Toddler Storytime

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Special thanks to our friends and partners at Just Born Quality Confections, Provident Bank, Highmark Blue Shield and Lehigh Valley Health Network for their continued support of ArtsQuest and Toddler Storytime on ArtsQuest @ Home!

Our very own Sr. Director of Visual Arts, Lisa Harms (pictured above roaring like a lion… we think?), will be reading picture books live on the Banana Factory Arts Center Facebook page! Lisa’s great, and let’s face it, at some point, you’re going to run out of books for the little ones at your house!

 

ArtsQuest @ Home: Keep Moving!

Get up for a mid-day salsa dance break with ArtsQuest Education Coordinator, Joanne Garcia!

 

POEtry @ Midnight

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Midnight is for mystery & the macabre! Join actor & comedian Ben Youngerman, who was born on the 137th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, for live readings of some of the literary master’s best and most frightening poems!

Friday, May 22 @ 11:59 p.m. on ArtsQuest Facebook

 

#heARTshineBASD

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Inspired by the Rhode Island HeartRI initiative, BASD and Banana Factory is partnering in a Community Art Project, #heARTshineBASD, to help let our heARTs shine throughout our BASD community by creating art work in shape of a heart with materials we have at home, yard, and surroundings.

A virtual gallery opening will take place on Sunday, May 10 through our digital exhibition platform, https://www.bananafactory.org/ to display the heARTs. Share your creations on social media with the hashtag: #heARTshineBASD

 

Education Resources

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Special thanks to our friends and partners at Kings, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC for their continued support of ArtsQuest and the Educational Resources on ArtsQuest @ Home!

Free online art education resources for educators and parents to engage children through art history, art-making, virtual tours and more!

Digital Exhibitions – Discussion Guide & Student Scavenger Hunt

 

ArtSmart @ Home

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Special thanks to our friends and partners at Kings, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC for their continued support of ArtsQuest and ArtSmart @ Home!

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Concerts Being Broadcast on SECTV TV2

Special thanks to our friends and partners at Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, Wind Creek Bethlehem, D.G. Yuengling & Sons, Moravian Village, Lehigh University, C.F. Martin & Co., Highmark Blue Shield, Lehigh Valley Health Network, ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages, Just Born Quality Confections, and Air Products for their continued support of ArtsQuest!

With all our local sports on pause, our friends at Service Electric are broadcasting new, daily updates regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the Lehigh Valley on “Sports Scene” show, Monday thru Friday at 6pm.

Tune in to stay informed and stick around, because they’re also rebroadcasting some of the best performances we’ve recorded at SteelStacks over the years at 7 p.m. after Sports Scene!

  • 5/26 – Philadelphia Funk Authority (4/20/19)
  • 5/27 – Pablo Batista (6/21/19)
  • 5/28 – Svetlana & the Delancy Five (7/18/19)
  • 5/29 – US Army Field Band (7/3/19)
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ArtsQuest Staff Curated Playlists spot

Bad news: we’re all stuck at home. Good news: you can listen to music all day long!

The ArtsQuest staff is here to help you pass the time with Spotify playlists of their favorite genres. So crank it up, give a listen and remember to wash your dang hands.

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The ArtsQuest Games Academy

ArtsQuest Games Academy

Register

Come hang out with ArtsQuest Production Director Mike Liiro to get updates in the gaming industry and chat about your favorite games and streamers. You can submit requests for Mike to review a game or, if possible, demo the game during the hang out! Each week will have a different theme.

The ArtsQuest Games Academy will be held on Discord. Participants must register via the ticketing link above.

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When We Can Meet Again…Picture Your Next Event Here!

Small Social Gatherings, Virtual Meetings, Executive Luncheons, Intimate Award Dinners, and Fun Fest Events will occur again at ArtsQuest.

When the opportunity presents itself – ArtsQuest will welcome you and your guests with professional, safe and compliant practices to serve you during your special experience at SteelStacks!

Email Chelsea at candreadis@artsquest.org or 610-297-7116 or please complete this inquiry form

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