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Hilari Stahler Joins Banana Factory Education Outreach Programs

BETHLEHEM, Pa.— ArtsQuest is thrilled to announce that Hilari Stahler, artist teacher and board-certified music therapist, will soon begin a one-year internship at The Banana Factory as part of her Expressive Arts Therapy program with l ‘Lesley University.

Hilari’s core belief that all individuals are unique, essential, and worthy of nurturing drives her humanistic, person-centered approach to therapy and outreach. She worked as a teaching artist for ArtsQuest for seven years and most recently piloted ALL ACCESSible and Sensory Space programming at The Banana Factory. She is the owner of More Than Music, LLC, where she provides therapeutic and recreational musical and artistic opportunities for children of all abilities.

Hilari has developed and implemented programs for many local organizations such as Kidspeace, Turning Point of Lehigh Valley Inc., Pediatric Cancer Society, Country Meadows, Allentown School District, Bethlehem School District, Early Intervention Programs and Live, Learn & Play.

Prior to working at Lehigh Valley, Hilari worked at the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, where she was responsible for training music therapy trainees and experienced the importance of a community approach to therapy.

Hilari is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the extensive education and awareness programs offered by The Banana Factory. She looks forward to seeing what emerges this year as she works to center inclusiveness and justice for people with disabilities through the expressive arts. More info on the ALL ACCESSible free visit program here: www.bananafactory.org

About ArtsQuest

ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements in the economic development of our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission through the presentation of performing and visual arts, films, arts education and outreach classes, youth programs, and cultural events. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Arts and Culture Campus,

ArtsQuest programming reaches over 1.9 million people each year. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 50% of which are free, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million per year in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association and NATO, the National Association of Theater Owners.

Information provided to TVL by:
Kelley Andrade, ArtsQuest
Public Relations Coordinator


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