Jeff Parks Founders Society Inaugural Ribbon Cutting Event

Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley, PA., May 15, 2024 – Join us on Monday, May 20 for the Jeff Parks Founders Society Inaugural Ribbon Cutting Event. The media is invited to arrive between 5 and 5:15 p.m.  

The Jeff Parks Founders Society honors the legacy of ArtsQuest’s founder, Jeffrey Parks, and the donors within the program. Recognition for the Jeff Parks Founders Society can be found on the exterior of the ArtsQuest Center, to the right of the entrance. Permanent recognition of Jeff and the donors (mentioned below) creates a collage around the current year’s Musikfest poster art. As the founder of Musikfest, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees thought this would be a wonderful way to recognize Jeff’s efforts while simultaneously giving the poster art a permanent home on the ArtsQuest Campus. 

This year’s donors are: 

  • The City of Bethlehem
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Pat and Sandy Corpora
  • The Cort Family
  • The Dyson Family
  • Elaine Emrick
  • Linny and Beall Fowler
  • Brenda and John McGlade
  • Thomas and Jo Anne Riddle
  • Barb and Jack Yaissle
  • Dick Yuengling and Family
  • Sue and Ed Ziegler 

“The Jeff Parks Founders Society marks an important milestone in the ArtsQuest Foundation’s history,” says ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director, Selena Lavonier. “The creation of this program solidifies the Foundation’s presence in ArtsQuest’s story by honoring its founder and first festival while providing permanent recognition for the Foundation’s legacy supporters who assure that ArtsQuest and its programs will be here for generations to come.” 

During the inaugural event, we will hear from Jeff along with several ArtsQuest staff. A reception for invited guests and donors will follow at 6 p.m.

Should you have any questions about the Jeff Parks Founders Society, please contact Selena Lavonier, ArtsQuest Foundation Executive Director, at

About the ArtsQuest Foundation

The ArtsQuest Foundation is a non-profit founded in 2002 for the purpose of supporting ArtsQuest and its thousands of artistic, cultural and educational programs.  Because ArtsQuest provides more than 1,000 free programs for the public annually, the long-term sustainability of the organization will rely on continued philanthropic support from the ArtsQuest Foundation.  

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

Information provided to TVL by:

Jennifer LoConte