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The presentation of the ArtsQuest First Responder Valor Award will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 on the SteelStacks campus.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – ArtsQuest will mark the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 with a display honoring first responders and a presentation of the ArtsQuest First Responder Valor Award. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on the SteelStacks campus on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. ArtsQuest President & CEO Kassie Hilgert and Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez will be featured speakers. There will also be a moment of silence to honor our nation’s fallen.

“We are grateful for our neighborhood heroes who have served and continue to serve our community,” Kassie Hilgert, President and CEO of ArtsQuest said. “Their work often goes unnoticed and we want to take this time to show our appreciation. It is important to come together as a community to remember the sacrifices made in the last two decades.”

Bob Novatnack, former Bethlehem Fire Department Chief and current Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Bethlehem will be presented with the ArtsQuest First Responder Valor Award. This award, created in 2016, commemorates his career servicing our community as a first responder. Four ArtsQuest volunteers, who have devoted their time to their community, not just at ArtsQuest events, but by committing acts of bravery and courage, have been honored in the past.

Members of the community submitted photos of family members, neighbors and friends who have served or are currently serving their communities as first responders for Our Hometown Heroes – First Responders, presented by Embassy Bank. These banners will be on display throughout the SteelStacks campus.

Following the ceremony, a free concert from vocalist and lyricist Hannah Gill will take place on the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks stage, presented by Coordinated Health, now part of Lehigh Valley Health Network. Food and beverages will be available on-site at the Mack Truck Stop and Palette & Pour, the new full-service bar and quick-service kitchen located on the first floor of the ArtsQuest Center. ArtsQuest will continue to follow the latest CDC, state and local health guidelines. Visit for more information.


About ArtQuest
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, approximately 50 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association and NATO, the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Information provided to TVL by:
Nicole Harrell
ArtsQuest Director of Communications