ArtsQuest, partnering with Embassy Bank, invites the community to submit photos of family members, neighbors and friends who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for the 13th annual ‘Our Hometown Heroes’ display at SteelStacks. Submissions will be accepted beginning March 1 through March 31. The photos will go on display beginning May 27 through July 4 (Memorial Day weekend through the Fourth of July).
“We’re proud to partner with ArtsQuest in continuing the tradition of honoring our members of the military, especially those who have lost their lives protecting and serving our nation,” said Embassy Bank President CEO and Chairman Dave Lobach.
The deadline for photo submission is March 31 and only the first 200 photos received will be accepted for the 2023 display. Over the past 13 years, more than 1,400 images of local servicemen and women from all branches of the military have been on display in honor of the Lehigh Valley’s hometown heroes. Individuals can submit photos two ways, either through ArtsQuest’s website or photos can be dropped off in person at a local Embassy Bank branch or at ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory, located at 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
To upload digital photos, visit Steelstacks.org/memorial. Images must be high-resolution JPG, TIFF, bitmap or PDF files. Both color and black-and-white photographs will be accepted. All hard copies will be returned promptly to the location where they were submitted.
The first 200 photos submitted will be displayed on one of the Our Hometown Heroes banners on the SteelStacks campus and will include the soldier’s rank, branch, dates of service and hometown. All images submitted in previous years will automatically be displayed as part of the Our Hometown Heroes display. The public is invited to attend the “A Time to Remember” Memorial Day event on May 29 at 3 p.m. on the stage at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks.
Additional details of 2023 Memorial Day events and activities held at SteelStacks will be available later this spring at Steelstacks.org.
ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for the area’s urban communities. ArtsQuest supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 50% of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region.