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Banana Factory Block Party

May 6 & 7, 2022

ArtsQuest invites the community to a free family-friendly Banana Factory Block Party at the Banana Factory Arts Center in SouthSide Bethlehem beginning Friday, May 6 to Saturday May 7, 2022. The two-day event will feature live music, comedy, exhibitions, art workshops and more throughout the weekend.  

Formerly known as the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival (SSAMF), this two-day family-friendly celebration will feature musical performances by Trouble City All Stars and Big Easy Easton Brass, art-making activities with mural artist Symone Salib, a Bob Ross Paint-along, Salsa and Bachata dance workshops facilitated by Aja Jefferson, a free photo print swap hosted by Dan’s Camera City and a live comedy program called The Van Gogh Gos: An improv comedy show. Attendees are also invited to enjoy current exhibitions on display including “Heroes” by Musikfest poster artist Bart Cooper, “My Mind is an Escape Room” by Kailey Atkinson and “Abecynnia” by William Harris. This art-inclusive weekend will also feature ArtsQuest’s new All AccessIBLE arts program with a sensory friendly touch collection made by Mallory Zondag.

Other featured events during the weekend-long celebration include Yoga & Art Workshop with Mindfulness Educator Brooke Kohler, Small Works Art Sale featuring the work of the Banana Factory Resident Artists, glassblowing demonstrations, screen printed tote bag workshop, Drag Queen Story Hour with Miss Amie, lawn games and so much more.

Party activities will take place outside, as well as throughout Banana Factory’s art galleries, glassblowing studio, artist studios and classrooms. Snacks at this event can be purchased from Simply Skewered and Kona Ice. There will also be a cash bar available.

Special thanks to the Borgenicht Foundation for making our mural artist program possible. The Banana Factory Block Party is for the community by the community and is made possible by many local partners including Bethlehem Area Public Library, Salsa Instructor Aja Jefferson, Dan’s Camera City, MAKE Lehigh Valley and More Than Music.   Festivities will begin Friday at 6 p.m. at ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory, located at 25 W. Third St., and last throughout Saturday afternoon.

There are currently no events scheduled. Please view the full calendar for all upcoming events!

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Friday, May 6: 6-9 p.m.

Crayola Gallery

Heroes by Bart Cooper Exhibition
Cash Bar Food/Drink

6:30–8 p.m.: Trouble City All Stars Music 

 

Banko Gallery

Abecynnia by William Harris Exhibition
6:30 p.m.: William Harris Artist Talk

8–9 p.m.: The Van Gogh Gos: An improv comedy show Comedy 

 

Hallway to the Arts

My Mind is an Escape Room by Kailey Atkinson Exhibition

 

Visual Arts Classroom

6-9 p.m.: Art-Making Art-Making

 

Hot Glass Shop

6-9 p.m.: Glassblowing Demonstrations Art-Making

 

Banana Factory Resident Artist Studios – 2nd and 3rd floors

6-9 p.m.: Open Artist Studios Art-Making

Mosaics Demo with Kim Hogan, Studio 350 Art-Making

Painting Demo with David Sommers, Studio 255 Art-Making

Floral Demo with Rachel Bell, Studio 248 A Art-Making

 

Studio 104

All ACCESSible Program: Touch Collection by Mallory Zondag Exhibitions

 

Digital Classroom

7:30 p.m.: Kailey Atkinson Artist Talk

 

Saturday, May 7: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Inside:

Crayola Gallery

Heroes by Bart Cooper Exhibition

Live DJ - DJ's ARM 18 & Big Sir Music

Face Painting

Commonwealth Charter Academy

12-2 p.m.: Dan’s Camera City Print Swap

2:30- 5 p.m.: Art-Making for Families

3 – 5 p.m.: Salsa and Bachata dance workshops facilitated by Aja Jefferson Dance 

 

Banko Gallery

Abecynnia by William Harris Exhibition

12 – 1:30 p.m.: Yoga & Art Drop-In Workshop with Brooke Kohler Wellness

2 – 3 p.m.: Drag Queen Story Hour with Miss Amie Stories 

Bethlehem Area Public Library

 

Digital Classroom

1-3 p.m.: Cartooning & Anime Drop-in with Teen Takeover

 

Mosaics Classroom

Try your hand at screen printing in this BYOT (Bring Your Own Tote!) workshop! Learn how to screen-print using a paper stencil and will leave with an image printed on their tote bag of choice, or use a Banana Factory provided tote! Art-Making 

 

Banana Factory Lobby

12 - 2 p.m.: Mural Arts with Symone Salib Art-Making

 

Hallway to the Arts

My Mind is an Escape Room by Kailey Atkinson Exhibition

 

Visual Arts Classroom

12 – 2 p.m.: Bob Ross Paint-A-Long Art-Making

2 – 5 p.m.: Mural Arts with Symone Salib Art-Making

 

Clay Classrooom

12-5 p.m.: Shrinky Dinks with Natalie Hartman Art-Making

 

Hot Glass Shop

Glassblowing Demonstrations & Hot Glass Experiences Art-Making

 

Banana Factory Resident Artist Studios – 2nd and 3rd floors

12 – 5 p.m.: Open Artist Studios Art-Making

2:30-5 p.m.: Painting Demo with David Sommers, Studio 255  Art-Making

 

Studio 104

All ACCESSible Program: Touch Collection by Mallory Zondag Exhibition

3 - 5 p.m.: All ACCESSible program with Hilari

 

Studio 102

12-4 p.m.: Henna (Any child under 13 will need to have parents give permission)

12-4 p.m.: Tarot Card Readings

 

Studio 340

Art-Making for Families:

  • Banana Crowns
  • Seed Paper

 

Outside:

Simply Skewered
Kona Ice

 

Throughout the Building

Big Easy Easton Brass Band Parade
1 p.m.: parade will go through the Banana Factory