Society of the Arts is a Non-Profit Women’s Service Organization

Our purpose is to work with and actively support the Allentown Art Museum.


“ I chose my time and energy to give to SOTA, because it is a unique volunteer opportunity. It’s scope allows a person to use the full range of their special talents, educational background and experiences as part of a very supportive, welcoming sisterhood of women united by a passion for the Allentown Art Museum.

The respect shown to us by the Museum’s Staff and its CEO demonstrates that the expanding role we play as volunteers is vital. Both SOTA and the Museum make us feel that we are deeply appreciated and valuable.”

~Carol Wallace, SOTA’S Chairwoman of ArtEdventures



Download our SOTA brochure to learn more about our organization.



2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year


Miria Ioannou

Our first Volunteer of the Year has been incredibly busy.  With her in depth knowledge and skills in publicity, she has helped raise the profile of SOTA throughout the community to a new level.  Last year she recommended that SOTA create a Facebook page, she developed the page, and she has kept it up to date with interesting information ever since.  As a member of the Fundraising Committee, she handled publicity for last fall’s Luncheon with the Authors and is already at work on this fall’s event.  In addition, she spent countless hours working on publicity for our 2016 Show House.  The wonderful coverage that we received is a tribute to her hard work, and played a big role in the success of the Show House.  This busy member is also active on the Print Committee.

Our first 2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year is Miria Ioannou.

2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year


Karen Hittinger

Our second Volunteer of the Year has also been a major contributor to our Fundraising efforts.  As a member of the Show House Designer Committee, she arranged for a generous donation of paint for all of the designers from her employer, Sherwin-Williams.  Our visitors always want to know what paint was used, so she also arranged for swatches of the paint to be displayed in each room.  She gave a mini-talk at the Show House about “Choosing Paint Colors for your Home,” and even gave out swag bags to attendees.  And, she arranged for a painter to paint the backyard fence, free of charge.

She too has been involved with Luncheon with the Authors.  Last summer, she was a facilitator for a Wine & Words book discussion, and this year she is Chairing Wine & Words. She also is a member of the Print Committee and the Museum Events Committee.  Our second 2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year is Karen Hittinger.


Allentown Art Museum Affiliation

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For more than 75 years, the Allentown Art Museum has been a place where inspiration is born and lifelong memories are made.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of the widest possible audience of visitors by engaging, informing, and inspiring them through the activities of collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, and interpreting important works of visual art.