Arts & Access Always

Arts & Access Always

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is committed to ensuring
Arts & Access Always and expanding cultural access to all people by offering the community grant incentives, marketing, and professional development support.

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

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.

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

All Arts & Access Events

10 event dates found
    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!

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    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    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

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    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
    May 04
    Pippin -- 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

    Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Pippin tells of the poignant story of a young man’s journey to be estraordinary.

    Book by Roger O. Hirson | Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
    Directed by Dennis Razze

    Tickets: Adult $32; Senior/Student $30

     

    More Info Buy Online
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    Open Captioning

Incentive Grants for Greater inclusion

In March 2017, the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council adopted the following vision statement:  “To be the leader of arts advocacy in the Lehigh Valley and ensure access to the arts for people of all abilities. Within that spirit of greater inclusion, the Arts Council is offering three Incentive Grants for Greater Inclusion in 2018 to cultural nonprofits to encourage adopting cultural access as a core value of their organization.

2018 Grant opportunities

Each of the matching grants are designed to help fund a new arts initiative. For funding support, nonprofits may apply for one of the following grants, and must be members of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.