Arts & Access

For more information, contact Zach Kleemeyer, Community Engagement Coordinator.

Arts & Access Always

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is committed to ensuring Arts & Access Always and expanding cultural access to all people by offering the community grant incentives, marketing, and professional development support.


to engage all citizens in the Lehigh Valley, intentionally securing the participation of all abilities, regardless of physical, sensory, or cognitive limitation, both as audience members and/or providers in the dance, theatrical, musical, visual, literary or media arts.


Disability-Friendly events

Browse this calendar for accessible performances, film screenings, exhibitions, lectures, and public meetings scheduled in the Lehigh Valley. You will also find events that feature the stories of individuals living with a disability. The accommodations you require or the topic of interest are represented by the icons.

February 2018
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  • Artists in Recovery Exhibit
  • Special Needs Art Classes
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  • Special Needs Art Classes
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  • Special Needs Art Classes
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  • 2018 Conrad W. Raker Lecture — Shane Burcaw and Sarah Yunusov
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  • Special Needs Art Classes
  • The Devil’s Disciple — AD & OC Performance
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  • Artists in Recovery Exhibit
  • Special Needs Art Classes

Upcoming Arts & Access Events

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    Feb 21
    2018 Conrad W. Raker Lecture -- Shane Burcaw and Sarah Yunusov
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Moyer Hall
    Presented by Muhlenberg College

    There’s nothing like laughter to chase away the winter blues, and Shane Burcaw and Sarah Yunusov have just what it takes to lift your spirits and your soul when they speak at the Conrad W. Raker Lecture on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Moyer Hall, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

    Shane, a Lehigh Valley resident, is president of Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. Sarah serves as the organization’s development director. After starting a blog in 2011 about the funny stories in his life, Shane, who has spinal muscular atrophy, realized he had the ability to make a lasting positive impact on the world. People enjoyed his stories and were inspired by the humorous way Shane viewed his struggles. Believing that people need positivity and laughter, Shane and Sarah launched Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. as a way to do just that and help families living with muscular dystrophy. In the past three years, Shane and Sarah’s organization has provided over $81,000 in equipment grants to individuals living with muscular dystrophy. The duo has performed more than 125 speaking engagements across the country.

    The Conrad W. Lecture Series is co-sponsored by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Muhlenberg College. The series is named after the Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker who served the Good Shepherd Home and rehabilitation hospital for more than 70 years. Dr. Raker is the son of the founders of Good Shepherd and a Muhlenberg College alumnus. He was an administrator at Good Shepherd until 1980 and passed away in 2002.

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Unite with us to improve access for all

Now is the time to embrace the value of the arts as a catalyst for change. By becoming more accessible, the cultural community reaps the benefits of new partnerships, new audiences, and a new relevance to the community we serve.

Compete the form to submit your event to be included in our Arts & Access Always calendar listings:

Online Submission Form

PDF Submission Form

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council reserves the right to only include event submissions that are in line with the mission of Arts & Access.

Incentive Grants for Greater inclusion

In March 2017, the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council adopted the following vision statement:  “To be the leader of arts advocacy in the Lehigh Valley and ensure access to the arts for people of all abilities. Within that spirit of greater inclusion, the Arts Council is offering three Incentive Grants for Greater Inclusion in 2018 to cultural nonprofits to encourage adopting cultural access as a core value of their organization.

Each of the matching grants are designed to help fund a new arts initiative. For funding support, nonprofits may apply for one of the following grants, and must be members of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

  1. A matching grant of up to $350 to accommodate for the first time an otherwise under served segment of the community with disabilities, including but not limited to, individuals with hearing and visual loss, autism, mental health illness, or physical limitations.

2018 Audience Accommodation Grant Guidelines and Application

  1. A matching grant up to $500 to contract an artist with a disability to perform, exhibit, design or produce a public art event.

2018 Artist Contract Grant Guidelines and Application

  1. A matching grant up to $1000 to engage a group of people living with a disability by teaching an artistic practice which culminates with a public performance or exhibition.
    • NOTE: Applicants must be experienced and skilled at working with a population with disabilities.

2018 Accessible Engagement Matching Grant Application

Key Features:

  • Grants are awarded continuously throughout 2018.
  • Application is for events that have not yet occurred. The activities period, including public event,
    is from January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018.
  • Applicants can receive one (1) Incentive Grant per calendar year.
  • Applications must be submitted 10 weeks prior to the project beginning.
  • Event must be an arts activity that reflects of the Arts & Access mission and goals.
  • Applicant eligibility requirements differ per Incentive Grant.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit an evaluation form within one month of their event’s completion.
  • Applications are submitted electronically through email to or in person to 840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201, Allentown, PA 18101.
  • Award notices are made within two weeks of receiving that application.
  • Grants are distributed once the required customer service training has been completed and received by the Arts Council.