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 2020 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.

July 2019
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
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  • Bohemia
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21
  • Creative Abilities Group Art Show at The Art Establishment
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  • The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian– AD Performance
  • Private Lives– AD & OC Performance
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  • Anything Goes
29 30 31
  • Shakespeare for Kids
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Upcoming Arts & Access Events

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    Jul 21
    Creative Abilities Group Art Show at The Art Establishment
    Category
    Visual Arts
    Time
    2:00pm – 5:00pm
    Location
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by Autism Society of the Lehigh Valley

    Paintings, Clay Tiles, Fused Glass, Fiber Arts and more

    We invite you to celebrate the talents of our young adults with autism and developmental disabilities by joining us on Sunday, July 21 for a reception and “meet the artists”gathering from 2:00-5:00pm. We hope to see you there!(including light refreshments)

    Art Exhibition: You can visit Art Establishment any time during business hours to see the arts how from July 21–July 27.

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    Cognitive Health
    Mental Health
    Jul 27
    The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian-- AD Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    10:00am
    Location
    Schubert Theatre
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-3654

    Righting wrongs and making quick escapes are only half the fun. Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and a merry band of adventurers seek freedom and vitality in Sherwood Forest. A delightful adventure for kids ages three to tween.

    Children can get a front row seat for the fun with on-stage carpet seating and everyone can meet the cast after the performance for autographs and pictures.

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    Accessible
    American Sign Language
    Audio Description
    Jul 27
    Private Lives-- AD & OC Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Main Stage
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-3654

    After a volatile marriage of volcanic proportions, Amanda and Elyot have divorced and are each newly married to new, sensible spouses. Chance has brought the two couples to adjacent honeymoon suites with adjoining balconies where the fires of former fervor prove irresistible. With the comedic weaponry of Coward’s lightning cleverness and razor-sharp wit, sparks fly as the couple renews their tempestuous relationship. They fight to maintain effervescent decorum against the force of fiercer passions, but their self-restraint is no match for the kind ofr elationship one cannot live with or without. Lauded as “two hours of comic bliss” by The Telegraph, this delectable comedy of manners delivers scintillating satire—shaken, not stirred. Ages 13+

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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Jul 28
    Anything Goes
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Baker Theatre
    Presented by Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre
    Phone
    484-664-3087

    Music & lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse. A delightfully silly tale of love, deception, and hi-jinks on the high seas.

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    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Jul 31
    Shakespeare for Kids
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Main Stage
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-3654

    A high energy one-hour production designed for children ages 4-10 to actively experience Shakespeare’s vibrant language and characters.

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    Accessible
    Sensory Friendly