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.

May 2019
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  • Impression Expressions Reception

Upcoming Arts & Access Events

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    May 24
    Creative Abilities Group Art Show at C. Leslie Smith Gallery
    Category
    Visual Arts
    Time
    6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location
    C. Leslie Smith
    Presented by Autism Society of the Lehigh Valley

    Currently, C. Leslie Smith Silversmith Shop in Allentown is hosting our Creative Abilities Group art show in their beautiful gallery space throughout the month of May.  Ten of our young adult artists have completed a collaborative fiber arts piece which is hanging in the show along with their individual original artwork.

    You can visit C. Leslie Smith any time during their store hours to see the show.  And while you are there you can enjoy their unique and handcrafted jewelry and gifts.

    We also invite you to celebrate the talents of our young adults with autism and developmental disabilities by joining us on May 24th   for a reception with light refreshments and “meet the artists” gathering from 6:00-8:00pm.   We hope to see you there!

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    Cognitive Health
    Mental Health
    Jun 01
    Impression Expressions Reception
    Category
    Visual Arts
    Time
    2:00pm – 6:00pm
    Location
    The Arts Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment
    Phone
    610-807-9201

    Dual exhibition by Bethlehem artists Mary Ann Dunwoodie, legally blind artist, and Joseph Canto, accomplished landscape painter.

    When Mary Ann lost her eyesight 13 years ago, she was devastated and ready to give up. Her friend, Joe Canto, got her some canvases and paints and encouraged her to give painting a try. Painting has given her a second sight. This exhibition is their first time showing together.

    Come and view the inspiring natural realism of Joe’s incredible landscapes, and the inspiring natural expressionism of Mary Ann’s bold and imaginative figurative paintings! These are two talented artists who share their impressive vision of our world!

    Show runs through June 16.

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    Jun 02
    Out of Sight: Stop the Stigma, Start a Conversation
    Category
    Media Arts
    Time
    4:15pm
    Location
    Emmaus Theater

    Award-winning documentary about the issues surrounding adolescent mental health care will screen at the historic Emmaus Theater. A question and answer session with the filmmakers will follow. Representatives from the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be present with resources available.

     

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    Mental Health
    Jun 15
    Bring It On The Musical
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Baker Center for the Arts, Empie Theatre
    Presented by Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre
    Phone
    484-664-3087

    Features score by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Tom Kitt, lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Amanda Green, book by Jeff Whitty. A high-fly8ing journey of friendship and forgiveness set in the competitive world of high school cheerleading.

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    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Jun 26
    Crazy for You-- AD & OC Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    Main Stage
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-3654

    Treasured Gershwin songs meet sparkling, sensational dances in the ultimate feel-good musical comedy for the summer season. From acclaimed Lend Me a Tenor and The Three Musketeers funnyman playwright Ken Ludwig, this Tony Award-winning musical sends a banker with show business stars in his eyes from New York to Deadrock, Nevada on official business. Mistaken identities, love at first sight, and hijinks hilarity resuscitate an abandoned theatre and the spirit of a small town. With a wealth of memorable tunes including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” Crazy for You bubbles over with spectacular show-stopping numbers and glistens with 1930s glamour. Ages 7+

    Similar to the last several seasons, PSF expects the majority of performances to sell out. Order early for the best seating options.

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    Audio Description
    Open Captioning