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

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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.

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  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • Two-day Audio-Description training for the Performing Arts
  • The Cherry Orchard — AD & OC Performance
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  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • Two-day Audio-Description training for the Performing Arts
  • Community Conversations: Paying Attention to Disability
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  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
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Arts & Access Events: Audio Description

9 event dates found
    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

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    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

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    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

     

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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    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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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    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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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    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
    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