ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM

Rating: 4.8 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 31 North Fifth St Allentown PA 18101 USA

Mission: To enrich the lives of the widest possible audience of visitors to the Museum by engaging, informing, and inspiring them through the activities of collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, and interpreting important works of visual art.
Results: In recent years, the AAM has experienced tremendous growth, both in its program offerings and in annual attendance numbers, which have increased over thirty percent in the past five years. This upward trend is continuing; exhibition preview parties now regularly draw close to 1,000 attendees. Our growth is a testament to the quality and success of the excellent exhibitions and comprehensive educational programming.
Target demographics: The Allentown Art Museum serves primarily the Lehigh Valley, a community of over 750,000 people and the third largest metropolitian area in Pennsylvania. In 2009, the museum served an audience of 100,000 visitors, with the majority of those served residing in Lehigh County. More than eighty percent of its 14,000 student visitors come from Lehigh and Northampton counties, with the largest single group being from within the Allentown School District. In addition to its local reach, the AAM annually serves visitors from more than forty states and twenty foreign countries.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I have conducted a number of educational music programs at the AAM and attended various events there. I am always impressed by the proffesionalism, knowledge, and friendliness of the entire staff.....at every level. I have also served on their AIE panel and can attest to the high level of artistic integrety that they practice. I always look forward to my interactions @ the Museum, whether they be for business or pleasure. A great team!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how much children of all ages responded positively to a number of programs. Saw the results of their AIE school programs. Observed how much patrons enjoyed visiting the Museum.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them better funding from the City of Allentown and the surrounding area.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We just attended the Spring Festival this past weekend and it was wonderful! So many activities for all ages to participate in and a great overall theme with perferomances that captured that spirit!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All the volunteers, performers, and staff that we encountered that day were so helpful and kind and knowledgeable not only about the museum and its works but, also about green living and recylcing, sustainability and the construction of art.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Allentown, PA may not be a place you'd consider to have a great arts scene, however, the small museum at the heart of the city, is top notch. The professional staff, the dedicated volunteers and the effective outreach work together to create an oasis for art in eastern Pennsylvania. Our family loves the lively and engaging rotating exhibits and free weekend activities for children, sponsored by Crayola. A visit to the museum always leaves me feeling elevated in spirit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the intellectually engaging rotating exhibits and the permanent installations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer in the curatorial dept. for 22 years helping with the storage and preservation of the museum's collection.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication and hard work the staff puts in daily to make this such a reputable small museum. As a curatorial volunteer, I am very fortunate to be able to have a hands on experience with the wonderful collection.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The "perfect" Italian Rennaissance collection is magnificent. It is also fun to bring kids upstairs to the play area - always something new and exciting. I really enjoy how welcoming the staff is. Even the guards know about the collections and like to see every visitor have a great experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

allowing students to discover a new way of looking at the world....powerful...and life changing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to have a more stable financial base.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to work with the museum's staff and volunteers to futher the museum's mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

everyone from the staff at the front desk to the people hidden in curatorial.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand so that it could exhibit more of its collection, reach more people in the schools and the community, and hire more staff.

Ways to make it better...

financial resources were not so severely restricted.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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