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.

December 2018
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
25 26 27
  • Art Can
28 29 30 1
  • Special Needs Art Classes
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley — AD & OC Performance
2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Artists in Recovery Exhibit
8
  • Special Needs Art Classes
9 10 11
  • Art Can
12 13 14 15
  • Special Needs Art Classes
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
  • Special Needs Art Classes
23 24 25
  • Art Can
26 27 28 29
  • Special Needs Art Classes
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Events in December 2018

9 event dates found
    Dec 01
    Special Needs Art Classes
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment
    Phone
    610-807-9201

    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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    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    Dec 01
    Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley -- AD & OC Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage
    Presented by DeSales University
    Phone
    610.282.1100

    Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather for Christmas at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy.

    By Lauren Gundersom & Margot Melcon
    Directed by John Bell

    Tickets: Adult: $30; Senior/Student: $28

     

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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    Open Captioning
    Dec 07
    Artists in Recovery Exhibit
    Category
    Exhibition
    Time
    1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location
    Recovery Partnership
    Presented by Recovery Partnership

    Celebrating mental health recovery through the arts by featuring artists who express their journey with mental health. Held on the First Friday of every month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

    Upcoming dates in 2018: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7. Free and open to the entire community.

     

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    Accessible
    Mental Health
    Dec 08
    Special Needs Art Classes
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment
    Phone
    610-807-9201

    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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    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    Dec 11
    Art Can
    Category
    Special Events
    Time
    2:30pm – 4:30pm
    Location
    Allentown Art Museum
    Phone
    610-432-4333 X133

    Art Can is an accessible guided conversation in the Allentown Art Museum for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

    Second & Fourth Tuesdays of the month from 2:30-4:30 PM.

    Limited enrollment. Must be accompanied by caretaker. Reservations required.

    Contact Abby Simmons (asimmons@allentownartmuseum.org) for more information.

     

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    Accessible
    Mental Health
    Dec 15
    Special Needs Art Classes
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment
    Phone
    610-807-9201

    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!

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    Dec 22
    Special Needs Art Classes
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment
    Phone
    610-807-9201

    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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    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    Dec 25
    Art Can
    Category
    Special Events
    Time
    2:30pm – 4:30pm
    Location
    Allentown Art Museum
    Phone
    610-432-4333 X133

    Art Can is an accessible guided conversation in the Allentown Art Museum for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

    Second & Fourth Tuesdays of the month from 2:30-4:30 PM.

    Limited enrollment. Must be accompanied by caretaker. Reservations required.

    Contact Abby Simmons (asimmons@allentownartmuseum.org) for more information.

     

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    Accessible
    Mental Health
    Dec 29
    Special Needs Art Classes
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    1:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location
    The Art Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment
    Phone
    610-807-9201

    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!

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly