‘Dedication, support, commitment’ ArtsQuest honors local partners’ contributions
Musikfest kicked off its 36th year Friday night with the presentation of Marcincin Awards to three local organizations for their continued support of the 10-day free festival. The recipients, Macintosh Services, the Bethlehem Area School District and the Lehigh Valley Health Network, were recognized for their various partnership activities with ArtsQuest, the nonprofit sponsor of Musikfest.
ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert opened the ceremonies at Wells Fargo Festplatz, and was joined on stage by award recipients, elected officials and other dignitaries. In her remarks, she noted that USA Today has named Musikfest the country’s number one music festival for 2019.
“The event now features 400 performers from 24 states, as well as China, Canada and Nigeria,” Hilgert said. “We are truly bringing the world to Bethlehem.” The awards were presented by ArtsQuest Board of Directors Chair James Creedon and State Senator Lisa Boscola. Established in 2003 as the Founders Award, the name was changed in 2010 to honor the late Paul Marcincin, who as Bethlehem mayor in 1984, played a key role in the founding of Musikfest.
Award recipient Mcintosh Services, a textile rental company, has been a Musikfest sponsor since 2007. Creedon said the company has worked closely with the ArtsQuest hospitality team to create beautiful events for Musikfest’s one million guests.
The Bethlehem Area School District was cited for its year-long partnership with ArtsQuest on 10 different educational programs, including the Marketing Musikfest Program that involves 1,000 students from Freedom and Liberty high schools. Creedon said the program, launched in 2013, gives students a chance to learn what it takes to organize and run one of the nation’s largest music festivals.
Since 2001, the third award recipient, Lehigh Valley Health Network, has provided all the services in the Musikfest health tents that make up Healthplatz. The health network also partners with ArtsQuest on its other events during the year, according to Creedon.
This year’s Marcincin Award recipients join 50 other businesses, media and community leaders whose efforts in support of Musikfest have been recognized through the years.
“Macintosh Services, Bethlehem Area School District and Lehigh Valley Health Network are three shining examples of the dedication and commitment of our partners,” Hilgert said in an earlier news release announcing the awards. “We are honored to recognize these community-minded groups for their incredible dedication, support and commitment to ArtsQuest and the Lehigh Valley over the years.”