The Allentown Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Reception on Thursday, May 30th at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel. The event honored businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the City of Allentown. Tony Iannelli, CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the evening by recognizing the dedication of local businesses to the city’s ongoing development. One of the highlights of the evening was honoring the Allentown Art Museum with the Downtown Commitment Award, nominated by the community and selected by Chamber members. The award was accepted by Carolyn Stennett, a member of the AAM Board of Trustees.

Celebrating our 90th year, the Museum stands as a vibrant cultural hub with a world-renowned collection, diverse programs for all ages, and an engaging museum store. Since August 2022, the Museum has offered free admission, welcoming over 60,000 visitors annually, with a strong emphasis on children through school programs. Our extensive collection spans 17,000 artworks, showcasing European Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and notable pieces like Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Woman. The collection also includes American paintings and sculpture spanning three centuries, Southeast Asian sculptures, international textiles, decorative arts, and a library designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Carolyn Stennett remarked, “For ninety years, the Art Museum has been a cornerstone of artistic expression and appreciation in the Lehigh Valley. Since adopting free admission, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in visitors, allowing everyone to enjoy the Museum without financial barriers.”

Additional honorees included:
– New Commitment Award: DaVinci Science Center
– Good Neighbor Award: assembly88/assembly88 For Her
– Dedication Award: Civic Theatre of Allentown (19th Street Theatre)

You can see our award on display at the front desk! Thank you to all who have supported the Museum over the last 90 years, and we can’t wait to see what the next 90 years bring.