The newly-formed Cultural Coalition of Allentown will announce an exciting new “Authentically Allentown” Artist-in-Residence program on Thursday, April 20 at 4PM at the Allentown Art Museum as part of the Destination Arts: Third Thursday monthly celebration of the arts. A very special announcement and performance presented by the Allentown JazzFest will follow shortly thereafter at 6PM sharing highlights of the upcoming Allentown JazzFest 2017.


David Mickenberg, President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley and Chair of the Cultural Coalition of Allentown, will be making remarks regarding the announcement of the first of three pilot Artist-in-Residence projects serving the neighborhoods as part of the Allentown Arts & Culture 20:21 Plan.


“The JazzFest Preview event on April 20th at The Art Museum is going to have a little something for everyone,” said Bryan Tuk, Executive Director of JazzFest.  “Obviously, we are looking forward to the performance by the Dan DeChellis Trio, but also this is really an occasion to recognize JazzFest’s artists, volunteers and sponsors.”  During the Third Thursday event from 6PM-9PM, which is free to the public, Mr. Tuk will preview the JazzFest 2017 schedule and reveal the official festival poster.


The Cultural Coalition of Allentown is an independent group of arts, business, education and government stakeholders who recently completed an 18-month strategic plan outlining the role of arts in the economic development of the Upside Allentown neighborhoods of the city. Please visit for more information.


For more information, please contact Sean King at or 610.554.0633.