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

Events on February 24, 2018

2 event dates found
    Feb 24
    Special Needs Art Classes
    Kids / Teens
    Workshops / Classes
    1:30pm – 3:30pm
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment

    Art classes specially designed for kids and young adults with special needs. Classes are run by Stacey Siran, an educator with the Allentown School District. The students typically work on two projects each week. The projects vary from painting, to collaging to crafting, and many other creative projects. Very hands-on and fun! The classes are designed to help the students learn about shapes, depth, color and more. Some projects feature sensory activities. Lots of camaraderie and fun! If your child need adaptive art equipment, please let us know!

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    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    Feb 24
    The Devil's Disciple -- AD & OC Performance
    8:00pm – 9:30pm
    The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage
    Presented by DeSales University

    With the tumult of the American Revolution as its backdrop, Shaw sets an unlikely story of sacrifice and honor. When Dick Dudgeon—the black sheep of the family—is mistaken for a charismatic minister, he is imprisoned by the Loyalist forces. An ingenious mixture of comedy, adventure, and romance, The Devil’s Disciple asks: who is the saint and who is the sinner? Ages 12+

    The Devil's Disciple

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    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    Open Captioning

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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.