Arts Montco Week, supporting Montgomery County’s 200 arts and culture venues, returns for 2022
The Valley Forge Convention and Tourism Board announced the return of Arts Montco Week, a celebratory initiative that supports more than 200 arts, culture and entertainment venues in Montgomery County. The festivities will highlight the region’s artists, animators, creators and attractions that normally represent $100 million in positive economic spinoffs, not to mention hundreds, if not thousands of jobs. The county, which has hosted such prestigious international entertainment organizations as Circus of the sunBig Apple Circus and the Philadelphia Orchestra will roll out the red carpet for visitors to Arts Montco Week, September 16-25, 2022.
Additionally, this year’s Arts Montco Week festivities include the launch of the first-ever Montco Jazz Fest, a world-class weekend of some of the country’s most celebrated jazz musicians performing in intimate and engaging concerts in the entire Montgomery County area. Events include concerts, jazz brunches and more. A special Fest kick-off event will take place on September 21 at Rivet Canteen and Assembly in Pottstown.
“The Arts Montco brand is an important and vital brand for Valley Forge Tourism, and the addition of our first Montco Jazz Festival helps solidify Montgomery County as a premier arts and culture destination,” said Mike Bowman, President and CEO of VFTCB. “Arts and culture can change us, shape us and have a positive impact on all of our lives. We need it now more than ever.”
The initiative’s goal is to provide visitors with a first-hand look at Montgomery County’s strong arts and entertainment sector and the role it plays in regional tourism. The county is home to music venues, award-winning theaters, historic cinemas, stunning architecture, museums and art galleries, and some of the finest gardens and arboretums in the country. Arts Montco Week will highlight the people and organizations that make these incredible places inspire thousands of visitors each year with special performances, gallery shows (including the return of the popular Montco Studio Tour) and discount offers. for the public. The festival is free to arts and culture venues, with no in-person or virtual programming requirements, and will include a website, blog, video, public relations and social campaign.
“The goal of Arts Montco Week is to shine a light on the diverse arts, culture and entertainment industries in Montgomery County,” noted Rachel Riley, Vice President of Communications for VFTCB. “These individuals and organizations not only have a tremendous positive economic impact on the region, but also serve as a vital reminder that the arts are essential for everyone.”
Montco Arts Week on the Visit Valley Forge Mobile App
Customers will be able to discover all Arts Montco Week offers and events on the free Visit Valley Forge app. The app is a portable guide to where to stay, play, eat, and shop in Montgomery County. Users will be able to claim special offers under “Maps & Info”, enjoy free family-friendly digital highlights, discover top attractions, search by cuisine-restaurants, 80 hotels, outdoor activities like golf, and more.
Montco Jazz Festival
The first-ever Montco Jazz Festival will celebrate Montgomery County as a musical destination as it showcases the region’s diverse jazz artists and venues. The festivities kick off on Wednesday, September 21 with the All Star Big Band performing at Rivet Canteen and Assembly in Pottstown. This large 16-piece ensemble, which will play big band classics, is sponsored by Montgomery County Community College.
Additional events include Cymande, the British funk band popular in the early 1970s with their unique sound that combined jazz, funk fusion, soul, reggae and afro pop, at Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday September 24; the Terry Klinefelter Trio, a live jazz trio performing standards and original compositions, performing Saturday, Sept. 24 at Community Music School in Collegeville; Peebo Bryson and Oleta Adamstwo of the most important jazz voices of the past 30 years, performing at the Keswick Theater on Sunday 25th September.
A series of jazz brunches on Sunday, September 25 will wrap up the weekend, including performances at Rivet Canteen and Assembly in Pottstown, King of Prussia Mall and Blossom Cafe. For more information, visit artsmontcoweek.com.
Highlighted Events and Promotions
Below is a small selection of the offers available during Arts Montco week; for up-to-date listings, visit artsmontcoweek.com.
Art and exhibitions
Art on the Hill
Various days and times, Art on the Hill, 100 North Main Street, Souderton, PA, free
“Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” and “Andrea Modica: Theatrum Equorum” at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College
Various days and times, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, 601 East Main St. Collegeville, PA 19426, Free
The Charles L. Blockson Exhibition at the Center Theater
Days and times vary, The Center Theater, 208 DeKalb St, Norristown, PA 19401, $5-$10
Montgomery County Studio Tour
September 24-25, various studios across Montgomery County, free
Renee Crystal Photographer, Gallery Reception
September 24, 7:30 p.m., Collegeville Community Music School, 775 Main Street West, Trappe, PA, Free
“Scrappy Quilts” and “Back to Black” at Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
Various days and times, Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg PA 18063, Free
Courses and workshops
Adult Party with Lego Master Builder at Legoland
September 16, 6:00 p.m., Legoland Discovery Center, Plymouth Meeting Mall, price TBD
Canoe Bird Watching John James Audubon Center
September 22, 6 p.m., John James Audubon Center, 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA, $30
no WINED & PAINT
Days and times vary, UNWINED & PAINT, 515 Stump Rd., North Wales, Price TBA
Cymande at the Ardmore Music Hall
September 22, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Emerald Rae with the Philadelphia Folksong Society
Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Philadelphia Folksong Society, 6156 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia PA, $5-18
Haley Heynderickx & The Westerlies at Ardmore Music Hall
September 20, 7:30 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, Price TBD
Leo Nocentelli (from The Meters) at Ardmore Music Hall
September 25, 7 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Musical Storytime at Collegeville Community Music School
September 24, 10 a.m., Collegeville Community Music School, 775 Main Street West, Trappe, PA, Free
Old 97 at Ardmore Music Hall
September 16, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Pink Talking Fish at Ardmore Music Hall
September 24, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Saved by the 90s at Ardmore Music Hall
September 23, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Sierra Hull at Ardmore Music Hall
September 21, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Steal Your Peach at Ardmore Music Hall
September 17, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA, price TBD
Annual festival of one-act plays for students at Ursinus College
September 16, 6:00 p.m., Berman Outdoor Amphitheater, 601 E Main St, Collegeville, PA, Free
“The Prisoner of Second Avenue” at Act II Playhouse
Various days and times, Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave, Amber, PA, $27-$49
“Ripcord” at Playcrafters
Various dates and times, Playcrafters, 2011 Store Rd, Skippack, PA 19474
“CITY” with Horizon Theater
September 15-28, Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy, 1601 Markley St, Norristown, PA 19401, free