Welcome back to Prism, a podcast series produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In these conversations, we’re shining a light on the power of creativity in PA communities. Season two’s episodes are coming out monthly, so don’t forget to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. That way you’ll never miss one.
Are you ready to party? In this episode, we’re talking about festivals. These spirited gatherings happen across Pennsylvania, and they do a lot more than just provide fleeting entertainment.
Annual festivals have the power to become part of a place’s fabric, to boost the local economy, and to proselytize for an area’s innate charms. To spotlight these impacts and the continued role of arts and culture in community development, we’re going to zero in on two festivals in particular: Musikfest in Bethlehem and the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway. To that end, we’re joined by Kassie Hilgert and Liz Boni.
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Lead image: Musikfest in Bethlehem / Courtesty of ArtsQuest