Musikfest to be Honored with Bethlehem Chamber Award
Bethlehem, PA, May 10, 2023 – ArtsQuest is excited to announce that it will receive the Bethlehem Chamber’s ‘Milestone Award’ for 40 years of Musikfest, at the city’s Annual Awards reception being held this evening at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
“I am honored to accept this milestone award on behalf of ArtsQuest,” commented Kassie Hilgert, CEO of ArtsQuest. “From our amazing staff and volunteers to our phenomenal partners and sponsors, I am truly grateful to everyone involved in bringing the arts to our community. As we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary in just a few months, we reflect on the historical significance that this festival has on the city of Bethlehem and we look forward to an exciting future, filled with growth and an opportunity to further the ArtsQuest mission.”
The Milestone Award is one of five awards that are presented to individuals and organizations who epitomize the spirit of the City of Bethlehem. Additional categories include Strategic Partner Award, Downtown Vision Award, Star of Bethlehem Award and Frank Marcon Award. The event, presented by premier sponsor Capital Blue Cross will be held from 5-7 p.m.
ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, of which over 50% of are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region.