Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
PRESS FILE PHOTOJeff Parks describes himself as a private person, even though he’s lived a public life promoting music and the arts for the betterment of Bethlehem’s image and economy.

A conversation with Jeff Parks

By CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Bethlehem’s social entrepreneur Jeff Parks once said he never wanted anyone to be able to say there was nothing to do in the Lehigh Valley. As the visionary who spearheaded the creation of Musikfest, Christkindlmarkt, the Banana Factory, the...

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks was designed in the industrial style using Bethlehem Steel I-beams and lots of steel.

Changing the narrative

By CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

“Stronger Than Steel: Forging a Rustbelt Renaissance” is Jeff Parks’ intensely personal perspective on the role that the arts played in the revitalization of Bethlehem when it was struggling in the wake of deindustrialization and the ultimate...