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What is the SouthSide Arts District?

Located in the heart of Downtown Bethlehem, the Southside Arts District (SSAD) is a revitalization initiative of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the economic conditions for businesses and institutions located in the core business district of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Formally organized in 2015 in partnership with Lehigh University and the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation, the SouthSide Arts District follows the nationally recognized Main Street Four-Point Approach from the National Main Street Program, with volunteer based committees focused on the Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality of South Bethlehem.

Our Mission

The SouthSide Arts District’s mission is to build upon the community's entrepreneurial, cultural, and artistic heritage to support economic development for the businesses of South Bethlehem..

Our Culture

We are committed to maintaining an open and communicative relationship with our partners and community members. We work to promote acceptance, foster diversity, and encourage unique and eclectic projects and ideas. We believe community is an art form that is built through hard work and passion, but cultivated through care, honesty, and innovation.

Our Vision

We envision a SouthSide of Bethlehem that becomes the most welcoming place in Lehigh Valley for new businesses to launch and existing businesses to thrive.