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.

 

 

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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

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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.

June 2019
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
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  • Impression Expressions Reception
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  • Out of Sight: Stop the Stigma, Start a Conversation
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9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  • Sprout Film Festival
  • Bring It On The Musical
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  • Crazy for You– AD & OC Performance
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  • The Adventure of Robin Hood and Maid Marian – Sensory Friendly Performance
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  • Bohemia
  • The Mystery of Irma Vep– AD Performance
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All Arts & Access Events

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    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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    Jun 28
    The Adventure of Robin Hood and Maid Marian - Sensory Friendly Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    10:00am
    Location
    Schubert Theatre
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-9455

    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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    Jun 29
    Bohemia
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    10:00am – 11:00am
    Location
    Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Studio Theatre
    Presented by Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre
    Phone
    484-664-3087

    Created by Noah Dach. New all-ages circus experience – the story of childhood friends, dreaming of a spectacular future.

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    Jun 29
    The Mystery of Irma Vep-- AD Performance
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Schubert Theatre
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-3654

    Lauded as “the funniest two hours anywhere” by The New York Times and “lunatic fun that keeps you in stitches” by The Daily News, this madcap mystery features werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and damsels in distress. In a parody of the gothic literary “penny dreadful” tradition, Charles Ludlam’s spoof reaches from the eerie moors of England to the depths of an Egyptian tomb. A hilarious sendup of Victorian melodrama, this comedic, quick-change tour-de-force features an unforgettable cast of characters—all played by two actors—and promises to leave you breathless with delight. Ages 12+

    The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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    Jul 13
    Bohemia
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Location
    Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Studio Theatre
    Presented by Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre
    Phone
    484-664-3087

    Created by Noah Dach. New all-ages circus experience – the story of childhood friends, dreaming of a spectacular future.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Oct 05
    The Glass Menagerie
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    An innocuous visit from a potential suitor unsettles the sheltered Wingfield family. Matriarch Amanda fiercely protects her adult children from the harshness of others, but doesn’t realize that her own eccentricities are the biggest threat to their psychological survival. Brimming with poetic language and indelible characters, this play about the enduring but limiting nature of love gave rise to the powerful new dramatic voice of Tennessee Williams, a titan of the American theatre. Ages 10+

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    Oct 19
    Working, A Musical
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    Come hear America singing! Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book, Working is a profound and extraordinary collection of stories about the ordinary hopes and dreams of the American worker. For anyone who has ever punched a timeclock, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women so often taken for granted: the schoolteacher, the waitress, the mill worker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few. With music by a slate of some of Broadway’s best composers including Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and James Taylor, Working is a highly original look at how the work we do gives meaning to our lives. Ages 13+

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    Nov 23
    Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    An iconic holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s era radio broadcast. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of Christmas favorites, Miracle on 34th Street is brimming with holiday cheer. When Kris Kringle, the real Santa Claus, gets mistaken for a department store wannabe in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, he pleads his case all the way to the Supreme Court where a miracle unfolds that is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts. Just in time for Thanksgiving, a holiday favorite for the entire family. Ages 6+

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    Feb 22
    Tartuffe
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    Vice becomes virtue in Molière’s hilarious exploration of power and hypocrisy. By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof, the wealthy bourgeois Orgon thinks he is harboring a pillar of piety. But in fact, Orgon is the one who has been taken in – by the ruthless scoundrel. With Orgon determined to marry his daughter to Tartuffe – and blind to the latter’s lecherous design on his wife – it’s up to the rest of the household to expose Tartuffe as the masterful con artist he is. Ages 13+

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    Apr 18
    The Jungle Book
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    10:00am
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    Swing into the jungle with the senior theatre majors’ production of The Jungle Book! Join the young, jungle boy Mowgli as he experiences a wild string of adventures from escaping a monkey’s birthday party to outwitting a treasure-guarding cobra, and even fighting for the future of the jungle against the ferocious tiger Shere Khan. With his family of animal friends including the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera, Mowgli will learn about community, bravery, and what it really means to be a leader.

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    May 02
    The Sound of Music
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    The hills are alive! Join Maria and the Von Trapp family in this heartwarming family musical overflowing with such beloved songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” This masterpiece of the American musical theatre tells the inspiring story of the discovery of love – and a daring bid for freedom. Celebrate our 50th anniversary season finale with this Act 1 premiere! Ages 6+

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