Since Lehigh University first opened its doors in 1865, it has been inextricably tied to South Bethlehem, the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region. Rich in history and steeped in cultural tradition, the area continues to be an outstanding home for the university, which derives much of its inspiration and enthusiasm from its neighbors. Lehigh, Lehigh's students, staff and faculty are committed to helping the community invigorate its neighborhoods, redefine economic prosperity and address a full range of critical social issues. Already deeply entrenched in the community, Lehigh strives to be a good neighbor and a partner in the renaissance of Bethlehem.
The home of Lehigh’s Arts, Theater & Music departments is a strong community partner, having longstanding relationships with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and Touchstone Theater’s Young Playwrights Festival. A number of special events are held at Zoellner, including “Monday Morning School Matinees” for over 2,000 elementary and middle-school students and sensory friendly adapted shows for children who range in ability from completely wheelchair bound to fully adaptable.