ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™

The ArtsQuest Center (rendering)

The ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™
is a four-story, contemporary performing arts center and cultural campus with three outdoor performance venues that will bring local, regional and national artistic, musical and cinematic performances to the Lehigh Valley 365 days a year.


 

wait... so where exactly is SteelStacks?


ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

Our community's collective cultural/arts calendar has some awesome events on it, but it's all very seasonal. The ArtsQuest Center and the SteelStacks campus aims to fill that void, making the Valley chock full o' arts, year round with live music, independent cinema, indoor and outdoor dining and several new festivals, in addition to Musikfest!

Imagine...

View a complete listing of events at the SteelStacks Campus here. If you've already seen enough and want to lend a hand, you can click here to make a donation.

in the ArtsQuest Center you'll find...

Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
3rd and 4th floors of The ArtsQuest Center

Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling

SteelStacks campus

A music lover's paradise, the Musikfest Cafe is an intimate concert venue with an audience capacity of 450-1000 people. No seat is more than 60 feet from the stage and whether you are on the main floor of the Café or in one of the elevated Sky Boxes, you get an awe-inspiring view of the illuminated Blast Furnaces. Enjoy incredible cuisine as you take in performances by your favorite Blues, Jazz, World, Indie, and local musicians. Don't forget to watch the artist as they come out of the green room and descend the elevated catwalk before taking the stage.

Acts have already been anounced! Click here to see who's coming.

Opening night concert event:
Martin Guitar artist Steve Miller and his band will play a private concert for donors and supporters on April 30, 2011. This concert is a special 'thank you' for donors who have supported the ArtsQuest Center with gifts of $25,000 or more. To learn how you can support the ArtsQuest Center and attend this special event, please contact Julie Benjamin at 610-332-1300.

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Sands Deck
3rd floor of the ArtsQuest Center

SteelStacks campus

SteelStacks campus

Located on the exterior of the 3rd Floor, this cantilevered, covered deck provides dramatic views of Bethlehem from the South and the entire SteelStacks campus, including the Levitt Pavilion, the Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™, the Bethlehem Landing Visitor's Center and of course, those iconic Blast Furnaces to the North. The Sands Deck will be the premiere al fresco listening spot in the Lehigh Valley and also doubles as an outdoor Sky Box overlooking the Levitt Pavilion. The Sands Deck will also offer:

  • THE best spot in the Lehigh Valley for fireworks
  • Flexible space for social and corporate functions
  • The best listening spot for the Levitt Pavillion and Town Square
  • Unique programming for festivals
  • A great place to grab a beverage following concerts in the Musikfest Café

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Fowler Blast Furnace Room / The Loft
2nd floor of the ArtsQuest Center

Fowler Blast Furnace Room

SteelStacks campus

Located on the 2nd floor of the ArtsQuest Center, this multi-purpose community space has three walls of glass offering views of the Blast Furnaces and the rest of the ArtsQuest Center. The Fowler Blast Furnace Room, fully outfitted with the latest audio and visual capabilities, will provide great space for:

  • Intimate performances including music, comedy, theatre, children's and family programming and more
  • Social, corporate functions and weddings
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops

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Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
1st floor of the ArtsQuest Center

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SteelStacks campus

Enjoy the best in independent, foreign, scientific and documentary film (365-days-a-year) at this new, state-the-art alehouse style cinema. What to expect:

  • 100 & 200 seats with state of the art, comfortable stadium style seating
  • Full service concessions, including food and beverages(Yes, that means beer, wine and cocktails too!)
  • Lectures by independent film makers, actors, producers directors and more
  • Film series and themed weekends mirroring Festival genres as well as celebrating film genres, filmmakers and more
  • Donation recognition opportunities (put your name on seat... for real)

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Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
1st floor of The ArtsQuest Center

Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons

SteelStacks campus

The Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons is located on the ground floor of the ArtsQuest Center, and will be the main public hub of activity for the entire building. The Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons will be home to:

  • Cozy seating areas and a stage that will feature live musical performances throughout the year.
  • A new performance venue to showcase emerging, local talent
  • Delicious eats- sandwiches, salads, and Panini's will be available, along with movie concessions and a full service bar open daily
  • Glass walls that open out to the Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™ (weather permitting)
  • Towering views of the Blast Furnaces 365 days a year.
  • Donation recognition opportunities (put your name on the wall... in a good way)

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Connect at SteelStacks lounge
1st floor of the ArtsQuest Center

Connect at SteelStacks

SteelStacks campus

Connect @ SteelStacks is a dynamic, multi-media rich and technological-wired community space at the ArtsQuest Center. At the Connect area, you will find:

  • Customizable seating arrangements for business meetings or laid back social get togethers.
  • High Definition flat panel TV's that you can plug your laptop into and use for presentations to small groups.
  • Video game rentals and wireless internet access for your laptop, iPad and more

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things you'll also find at SteelStacks...

Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™

SteelStacks campus

SteelStacks campus

Europe has its piazzas ringed by cathedrals but we got our own version of a piazza, only this one is dominated by one of our nation's most important industrial cathedrals. Located right outside of the ArtsQuest Center, the Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™ will feature:

  • A free venue for festivals, including: iSabor! Latin Festival, RiverJazz Festival, Blast Furnace Blues Festival and more!
  • An al fresco performance stage for those spring, summer and fall nights when you want to sit outside and listen to free, live music while enjoying dinner, cocktails, or both!
  • A new performance venue to showcase emerging, local talent
  • Free space for area non profits and local community groups to offer programming
  • An amazing view of the blast furnaces!

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Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

SteelStacks campus

This new music venue will play home to 50 free, family-friendly concerts each year and will accommodate up to 2,500 people on the expansive lawn. The free concerts are set to take place between May and September each year. Wednesday through Sunday, the Pavilion will offer some kick-butt local, regional and national acts, representing a wide variety of musical genres. This outdoor venue will remind us all of simpler times- with its gentle grassy slope, you can bring a blanket or folding chair, grab a spot and enjoy these free concerts (with an amazing view!).

  • An intimate outdoor venue that will include rock, jazz, blues Americana and more
  • A breath-taking view of the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces services as the backdrop of this venue
  • The ability to bring a blanket or lawn chair down to enjoy performances
  • Local, regional and national performers
  • A performance venue for new festivals

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PNC Plaza

SteelStacks campus

SteelStacks campus

Located at the western end of the SteelStacks campus, PNC Plaza will be home to dynamic programming year round including:

  • A new venue/anchor location for festivals, including:
    iSabor! Latin Festival
    RiverJazz Festival
    Musikfest
    SteelJam Festival
    Blast Furnace Blues Festival
    Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling
    Christkindlmarkt
    PEEPS® Fest
  • Weekly Farmers and Arts & Antique Markets
  • The bigger home of Musikfest's Steel Stage.

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Festival Center

SteelStacks campus

SteelStacks campus

Located just west of First Street and Founders Way, the Festival Center at SteelStacks will be an adaptive reuse of the 26,000-square-foot former Bethlehem Steel Turn and Grind Shop. The Festival Center will include 20,000-square feet of open space that can be used for a variety of programming, such as exhibitions, performances and concerts. Restoration plans include a new roof, windows and doors; roof truss improvements; brick pointing; new flooring; new utilities and remediation of lead-based paint. As part of the building's adaptive reuse, the Turn and Grind Shop's crane runs will be retained, providing visitors with a glimpse of what the building was like when it was used in the steel making process.

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