Arts & Access Always

Arts & Access Always

The Lehigh Valley has a rich and diverse arts culture, but too often those experiences are closed to people with disabilities, the fastest growing minority in the region. The Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s Arts & Access Always program seeks to benefit the more than 86,000 people with disabilities by providing them greater access to a wider array of cultural experiences. The program is also designed to strengthen the capacity of cultural nonprofits to serve this community by providing marketing support, training and specialized equipment, and incentive grants that actively engage persons with disabilities in the arts.

OUR MISSION CONTINUES:

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.

 

 

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS      CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES      PROUD CELEBRANTS

Incentive Grants for Greater inclusion

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is offering three types of Incentive Grants for Greater Inclusion to arts nonprofits to encourage them to adopt cultural access as a core value.

View the 2019 Grant Opportunities

On July 12, 2018 the Arts Council produced Champions of Inclusion, the Lehigh Valley’s first-ever cultural accessibility trade fair. Held at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, the event highlighted six cultural organizations and six human service organizations as the regions leaders of cultural accessibility. A panel discussion and presentation featuring local experts in the field broke up the trade fair, and a performance by celebrated comedian Josh Blue capped off the event.

Look back at Champions of Inclusion

Promote Your Disability-Friendly Event

Unite with us to expand your reach and increase 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.

To have your accessible event included in our online Arts & Access Always calendar, please compete one of these forms:

Online Submission Form          PDF Submission Form

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

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.

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Upcoming Arts & Access Events

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    Feb 23 to Apr 14
    9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
    Category
    Visual Arts
    Time
    8:30am – 7:00pm
    Location
    Banana Factory Crayola Gallery
    Presented by Healing Through The Arts

    The Hope & Healing Juried Art Show is the signature project of Healing Through The Arts (HTTA.org). At the conclusion of the show, hospitals and healing facilities have the opportunity to request and receive artwork from the show at no cost to them. The art is to be placed where people spend time waiting and is an alternate option to TV viewing.

    Healing Art Meditations for Calm, Hope & Inspiration
    Select art from the art show is used to create 3-4-minute meditations by combining a slide show of the art with music of nationally renowned musicians who support the work of Healing Through The Arts by granting rights to use their work. Our website features meditations with the music of Jim Brickman (JimBrickman.com); LIV ON collaborative album by Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky, and Beth Nielsen Chapman (OliviaNewton-John.com); and Kira Willey’s “Kindness Mantra” (KiraWilley.com).

    For more information visit HTTA.org

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Mental Health
    Feb 23
    Two-day Audio-Description training for the Performing Arts
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Location
    Lehigh Valley Arts Council
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Arts Council
    Phone
    610-437-5915

    Audio Description assists patrons who are blind/low-vision to access the visual elements of museum exhibits and stage productions through narration provided by trained describers. Patrons use headsets to hear the audio description. Trainees will experience an audio-described performance of Checkov’s The Cherry Orchard

    TRAINERS: Mimi Kenney-Smith & Steve Smith each have more than 30 years of experience working in the arts as teachers, producers, theatre artists and administrators. In 1999, Mimi & Steve founded the Amaryllis Theatre, a professional Philadelphia theatre that regularly included artists with and without disabilities. Mimi served as the Director of VSA PA, where she trained and coordinated audio describers and partnered with the PA Council on the Arts in leading the State on its work with arts and disabilities.

    What does it cost? Fees: Adults/$50;  Students/$15  Reserve your space in advance by contacting Randall Forte, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, at rforte@lvartscouncil.org or 610-437-5915 by January 15, 2019.

    COMING UP!!!  Two-day Audio-Description training for the Performing Arts

    Saturday, February 23, 2019:

    10:00am-12:30pm: Lehigh Valley Arts Council; 2nd Fl conference Room

    12:30pm-1:30pm:  Lunch

    1:30pm-5:00pm:  Lehigh Valley Arts Council; 2nd Fl conference Room

    Break

    7:15pm-10:30pm:  The Cherry Orchard DeSales University, Labuda Center

    Sunday, February 24, 2019:   10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Lehigh Valley Arts Council; 2nd Fl Conference Room

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    Audio Description
    Feb 23
    The Cherry Orchard -- AD & OC Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage
    Presented by DeSales University
    Phone
    610.282.1100

    The aristocratic Gayev family are sociable, intelligent, caring, and hopelessly in debt. Unless they can find funding, their huge estate – including its much-loved cherry orchard -will go to auction. Ages 10+

    By Anton Chekhov | Translated by Stephen Karam
    Directed by Anne Lewis

    Tickets: Adults $25, Senior/Student $23

    More Info Buy Online
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    Open Captioning
    Feb 24
    Two-day Audio-Description training for the Performing Arts
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    10:00am – 12:30pm
    Location
    Lehigh Valley Arts Council
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Arts Council
    Phone
    610-437-5915

    Audio Description assists patrons who are blind/low-vision to access the visual elements of museum exhibits and stage productions through narration provided by trained describers. Patrons use headsets to hear the audio description. Trainees will experience an audio-described performance of Checkov’s The Cherry Orchard

    TRAINERS: Mimi Kenney-Smith & Steve Smith each have more than 30 years of experience working in the arts as teachers, producers, theatre artists and administrators. In 1999, Mimi & Steve founded the Amaryllis Theatre, a professional Philadelphia theatre that regularly included artists with and without disabilities. Mimi served as the Director of VSA PA, where she trained and coordinated audio describers and partnered with the PA Council on the Arts in leading the State on its work with arts and disabilities.

    What does it cost? Fees: Adults/$50;  Students/$15  Reserve your space in advance by contacting Randall Forte, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, at rforte@lvartscouncil.org or 610-437-5915 by January 15, 2019.

    COMING UP!!!  Two-day Audio-Description training for the Performing Arts

    Saturday, February 23, 2019:

    10:00am-12:30pm: Lehigh Valley Arts Council; 2nd Fl conference Room

    12:30pm-1:30pm:  Lunch

    1:30pm-5:00pm:  Lehigh Valley Arts Council; 2nd Fl conference Room

    Break

    7:15pm-10:30pm:  The Cherry Orchard DeSales University, Labuda Center

    Sunday, February 24, 2019:   10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Lehigh Valley Arts Council; 2nd Fl Conference Room

    More Info Buy Online
    Audio Description
    Apr 13
    The Princess King -- AD & ASL Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    12:30pm
    Location
    he Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Schubert Theater
    Presented by DeSales University
    Phone
    610.282.1100

    Come curl up with a bedtime story as our senior theatre majors present a tale of love, loyalty, and a little bit of lasagna!

    By Jeff Fluharty

    Tickets: Adult/Senior $12, Children $11

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    Accessible
    American Sign Language
    Audio Description
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing