ArtsQuest Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2024 Linny Awards

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Winners to be Honored Nov. 7 at SteelStacks

Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley, PA, April 1, 2024 – The ArtsQuest Foundation invites the public to submit nominations for the 6th annual Linny Awards. The interdisciplinary arts award ceremony celebrates the astounding contributions made by the region’s artists, educators, businesses, volunteers and philanthropists. The award ceremony is a fundamental part of celebrating those who help create a better community through the arts; carrying on the legacy of Marlene “Linny” Fowler. Nominations are being accepted now through April 30.

The 2024 Linny Awards categories open for submission include:

  • Visual Artist of the Year Award
  • Performing Artist of the Year Award
  • Emerging Artist of the Year Award
  • Arts Educator of the Year Award
  • Student Artist Scholarship Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

Anyone interested in nominating a person for the Linny Awards can do so at Winners will be selected by the ArtsQuest Foundation’s Board of Trustees and ArtsQuest’s Board of Trustees, Performing Arts Board and Visual Arts Board. Award recipients will be announced by July 15.

Previous Linny Award winner, Beth McFadden, a Bethlehem Area School District teacher, describes the achievement as truly honorable and says, “winning the 2023 Arts Educator of the Year Award I was truly honored by a community that I hold very dear.” McFadden continues by encouraging people to “nominate an exceptional person in the arts community,” because it will “boost their career and validate them as an artist. It will also be a great opportunity for them to connect to ArtsQuest and open more doors after they are recognized for their achievement.”

All 2024 Linny Award winners will be honored during the Linny Awards celebration on November 7 at the Musikfest Café, located in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

ArtsQuest also has select opportunities for sponsors who are interested in saluting the ‘rock stars’ of the Lehigh Valley’s arts scene. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring an award or table at the 2024 awards ceremony, contact ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director Selena Lavonier at

Proceeds from the Linny Awards go to support the ArtsQuest Foundation, which Fowler helped found in 2003. The Foundation is focused on supporting and strengthening the long-term sustainability of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that presents Musikfest and 4,000 other programs, events and educational classes annually for the region, of which over 50% are free to attend.

For complete information on the ArtsQuest Foundation and the Linny Awards, please visit

About the Linny Awards

For more than a quarter-century, Marlene “Linny” Fowler of Bethlehem worked tirelessly to elevate the Lehigh Valley’s arts organizations and artists through her volunteerism and her support. Now, the region celebrates its flourishing arts community and honors Fowler’s memory by taking part in the Linny Awards, the multi-discipline arts awards program focused on the greater Lehigh Valley’s artists, innovators, and arts leaders.

About ArtsQuest

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, over 50 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region.

Information provided to TVL by:
Bryn Keeney