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Spark Grants - Cultural Enrichment

About Cultural Enrichment (April 2017)

Culture enrichment describes an activity or action that enhances one’s awareness of different cultural practices, attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is enriched when it is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next as expressed through the arts, music, festivals, history, and more.


Learn more about the challenges to cultural enrichment programs and issues by viewing the stats below, and viewing the five finalist videos for LVCF Spark Grants when they are posted here on March 24th for a ten day period.


Join the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation for a discussion on the role of the arts in economic development on Tuesday, April 25. Our distinguished speakers will be: Roland Kushner, Associate Professor, Business, Muhlenberg College; and Jeffrey A. Parks, Chair, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The luncheon program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Bethlehem 437 Main St, Bethlehem, Pa.

Spark Grants Announcement - We are thrilled to introduce the five finalists for $50,000 in Spark Grants, and we will use the occasion to announce the grant awards!  Attend our event to experience the excitement and to learn more about these organizations.  You can be the spark

R.S.V.P. To register, contact Erika Riddle Petrozelli, Director of Donor Services, at, or call 610 531-5353.


Help us give more to this issue and raise awareness in 2017 by making a tax-deductible gift with our PayPal account. LVCF donor-advised funds can provide support with a simple email request.

Artwork by Freedom High School teachers and studentsMaking The Case | Cultural Enrichment

Integrating the arts and cultural dimension more fully into our lives enriches each of us, and because engaging in these activities brings individuals together, it fosters community. As a result, we welcome new ideas and different ways of looking at cultural enrichment.

  • It is estimated that by the end of 2017 more than 25% of public high schools will have eliminated art programs.*
  • In the Lehigh Valley, public school administrators reported having a budget of $500 or less to support arts programs.*
  • The arts have a long history of bringing people together across boundaries -- increasing understandings across disparate and historically unequal groups, and supporting the agency of underrepresented communities to create, maintain and share their own stories.
  • The Lehigh Valley welcomed more than 14,000 residents over the past five years, including more than 12,000 immigrants, making it imperative to institute cultural enrichment and arts programs to promote inclusion.
  • It was reported that in the Lehigh Valley 45% of public school districts do not take annual arts related field trips.*
  • Only 69% of school districts attend artistic performances and only 47.6% collaborate across curricula to incorporate art into teaching.*

    *Source: Lehigh Valley Arts Council: