The joint operation pays tribute to COVID-19 frontline workers, those lost, and survivors during Musikfest celebrations. 

In honor of those affected by COVID-19, ArtsQuest and New Bethany Ministries are joining forces to present Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope features small paper bags illuminated by votive candles participants can purchase and set up at home during the last weekend of Musikfest in August.  

The lanterns will honor lives touched by the pandemic and can be dedicated to a loved one lost, those still struggling with the virus’ effects, or a hero fighting the pandemic on the front lines. Lanterns are available for purchase in sets of 6 for $9 per set. 

“Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope was created to give us all a moment to pause and collectively remember all those we have lost during this pandemic and to also thank all of those who’ve carried us through these trying times. In order to strengthen our community, it is important that we mourn together, heal together and have hope together,” said ArtsQuest President & CEO, Kassie Hilgert.

During the Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope event, Musikfest performers and attendees will be asked to #PauseTheMusik for a moment of silence in recognition of those we have lost during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

“New Bethany Ministries is proud to partner with ArtsQuest and engage our community in a brilliant display of recollection and respect,” said Marc Rittle, Executive Director of New Bethany Ministries. 

Buildings throughout the Lehigh Valley will light up red in collaboration with ArtsQuest and New Bethany Ministries. Confirmed organizations include City Center Allentown, Moravian College, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Blast Furnaces, Nitschmann Middle School and St. Luke’s University Health Network. Additional companies are welcomed to light up red; please contact New Bethany Ministries Development Director Emily Parker at

Those interested in participating in Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope can purchase lanterns online via New Bethany Ministries or ArtsQuest’s websites. 

Donations in lieu of lanterns will be accepted.

Proceeds will help support ArtsQuest’s mission to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences, enriching our community, and New Bethany Ministries’ mission to offer hope and support to those experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness.

Learn more about Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope here. For more information about New Bethany Ministries, click here. To learn more about ArtsQuest, visit here