PPL Supports Museum with $20K Grant

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2013
Media Contact:
Chris Potash
(610) 432-4333 ext. 125


Contribution will fund Discover Art and other programs through Fiscal 2013


Allentown, PA—The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the receipt of a $20,000gift from PPL Corporation in support of the Museum’s 2013 education budget. Brooks Joyner, Priscilla Payne Hurd President and CEO, accepted the check from PPL Director of Community Affairs Donald M. Bernhard during a recent visit to the Museum by PPL employees.
The PPL monies will be used to fund Discover Artand other educational programs approved by the guidelines set forth in Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Discover Art brings fourth graders from all fourteen elementary schools in the Allentown School District to the Museum twice a year for gallery explorations combined with hands-on activities developed by Museum staff. Educational programs at the Museum are supported in part by contributions from Lehigh Valley area businesses, like PPL.

“The Commonwealth’s EITC program allows us to continue to provide quality arts education for the students in our community,” says Rhonda Mauk Hudak, Manager of Government and Foundation Relations at the Museum. “Through the generosity of PPL, who has been a partner since 2005, and other local businesses, we are one step closer to fulfilling our educational mission of fostering literacy in the arts, promoting creative and critical thinking skills, encouraging active engagement in the arts, and creating life-long learning opportunities. Much of what we do here at the Museum would not be possible without their support.”

Businesses interested in supporting educational programs through the EITC program or other vital Museum needs may contact Rhonda Mauk Hudak at 610-432-4333, ext. 152.



Priscilla Payne Hurd President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum Brooks Joyner, left, accepts a check from Donald M. Bernhard, PPL Director of Community Affairs, in support of the Museum’s 2013 educational programming. Among the group of PPL employees who visited the Museum recently were Connie Deemer and Jessica Kirkpatrick, at right.