What is Festival UnBound?

In 1998, after an almost 150 year history building this nation, Bethlehem Steel finally shut down steel making here in Bethlehem. It was a traumatic event, and Touchstone, to help the community work its way through it, created and assembled several works of art and cultural projects into a festival called Steel Festival: The Art of an Industry.

In October 2019, twenty years after that extraordinary event, we began to explore questions of a different and perhaps more daunting nature. Who are we, now that the Steel is gone? What are the challenges ahead, and what are the values that will hold the community together as we face the task of shaping our future? Out of these questions came our first year of Festival UnBound, a collection of arts and community dialogue around concerns of diversity, sustainability, health, youth leadership, and interconnectedness. You can recap more of the 2019 festival here.

In an extraordinary 2020, the festival resumed, with performances distanced outdoors and livestreamed online, continuing the discussion and bringing audiences together in a time when loneliness and isolation were the norm.

Now, in our third year, the festival continues. Join us!


Gold Sponsors
Air Products

Silver Sponsors
Keystone Savings Foundation | A grant from the Leonard A. Wenzel Memorial Fund for South Bethlehem of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation | PNC | Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation

Bronze Sponsors
Amaranth Foundation | Verna O. Canova Foundation | W. Beall Fowler | WDIY 88.1 Lehigh Valley Public Radio

Copper Sponsors
Elaine & Mike Ackerman | Anonymous | Joanne & Hank Barnette and the National Museum of Industrial History | Crayola | Pennsylvania Council on the Arts | Provident | Tri-Outdoor | UGI Utilities, Inc.

Tin Sponsors
Alvin H. Butz | A grant from the Cinquino Community Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation | Highmark, Inc.  | ICON | A grant from the Kraft Hillman Family Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation | Ruth & Charlie Marcon | Lynne & Chad Paul | RCN

Roses & Mark Ackerman | Deborah Appler | Lisa Arechiga | Ellen Bench | Big Easy Easton Brass | Alison & Hal Black | Rowan Boehning | Pamela Brubaker | Georganna & Raymond Buttillo | Comfort Suites Bethlehem | Corporate Environments, A One Point Company | Kate Curcio | Bekah Eichelberger | Embassy Bank | Melissa Ercolani | ESSA Bank & Trust | Fig Bethlehem | Kathy Fox | Fox Optical & Gallery | The Gadfly | Susan Gadomski | Bridget & Bill George | Jane & Bob George | Cindy Glick | Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network | Sharon Hanuschak | Karen Hicks | Janis Marsh | Bill McGlinn | The Morning Call | Bonnie Norton | Alison O’Connell & Jon Lunger | Mike, Melissa, Meara, & Michaela Plesh-Gill | Adriana Santos | Christine & Christopher Shorr | St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church | Michelle Suarez | SWBR, Inc. | Beth Taylor | Walter Trimble |David Waldorf

Support received after September 25th is not listed but greatly appreciated.