Arts & Access

For more information, contact Randall Forte, Executive Director.

 

Arts & Access is a yearlong celebration commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act through the lens of the arts. The celebration launched on July 24, 2015, with a monthly series of varied arts events highlighting the accessibility of the region’s cultural organizations.

The Miracle Cheerleaders
The Miracle Cheerleaders lead in a cheer to “Pledge on!” at our successful Launch Party on July 24, 2015.

The Lehigh Valley has a rich, diverse arts culture, but too often those experiences were closed to people with various disabilities. Thankfully, that is changing.

After nearly eighteen months in development, more than 30 cultural organizations have teamed up with social service agencies to create a schedule of more than 40 performances, exhibitions, film screenings, public meetings and lectures through June 2016, to intentionally reach people with disabilities and their families and friends.

Arts & Access was founded by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council and the Disability Friendly Community to bring the arts and social service communities together in order to:

  • Raise public awareness
  • Expand cultural access to all people with disabilities
  • Build audiences for cultural organizations
  • Create a more inclusive region

Our Mission: to engage all citizens of the Lehigh Valley, intentionally securing the participation of persons of all abilities, regardless of physical, sensory, or cognitive limitation, both as audience members and/or providers in the dance, theatrical, musical, visual, literary and media arts.


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Accessibility 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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  • Art-in-the-Park
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  • Dance for PD® – Professional Development Workshop (two-day workshop)
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Upcoming Arts & Access Events

5 event dates found
    Jun 25 to Jun 01
    Accessible Art - Phase II Tactile Description
    Category
    Exhibition
    Time
    All Day
    Location
    Lehigh University Art Galleries & Museum
    Presented by Lehigh University Art Galleries & Museum
    Phone
    610-758-6881

    The Lehigh University Art Galleries & Museum will offer their Teaching Collection in an Audio Description and Tactile Description for the visually impaired.

    More Info
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Jun 25
    Dance for PD® - Professional Development Workshop (two-day workshop)
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    Location
    Zoellner Arts Center
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & Mark Morris Dance Group
    Phone
    610-758-2787

    Two-day workshop that provides dance teachers, dancers physical and occupational therapists and student, social workers, and allied health professionals with a comprehensive, inspiring introduction to the internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s Disease) program.

    • Learn best practices and methods from one of the program’s founding teachers.
    • Hone your teaching skills.
    • Deepen your knowledge with our specially-created modules and acclaimed interactive sessions.
    • Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson’s class with members of the local Parkinson’s community.

    “This workshop was all the things one could ask for in a workshop. I left feeling informed, educated and inspired.” -Workshop participant, Philadelphia

    “Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!” -Workshop participant, Seattle

    $100 tuition for two-day workshop, reservations required. Please contact Jessica Marino at pittsburghdancepress@gmail.com with any questions.

    Informational Dance for PD flyer

    Also attend a Free Movement Class on Saturday, June 25 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Free Movement Class flyer

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    Cognitive Health
    Jun 25
    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

    The Art Establishment is now offering Special Needs art classes. Open to school-aged people, these classes will be taught by Carol Parker, artist and Liberty High School Special Ed teacher. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Classes are $20, which includes all materials, and are limited to 8 students. Please book early for a spot by calling the studio (610-807-9201) or stopping by!

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    Cognitive Health
    Sensory Friendly
    Jun 25
    Dance for PD® - FREE Movement Class
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    Location
    Zoellner Arts Center
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & Mark Morris Dance Group
    Phone
    610-657-7078

    Class is offered free of charge and is led by Dance for PD® founding teacher David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group.

    In Dance for PD classes, participants explore movement and music in ways that that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. A collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the program is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. This acclaimed program is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a barre or moving across the floor, you will explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, and Mark Morris company repertory in a non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers. Classes modeled after Dance for PD now occur in more than 100 communities in the US, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Italy, India, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK and Germany.

    Register at: lehighvalleydanceexchange@gmail.com

     

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Jun 26
    Dance for PD® - Professional Development Workshop (two-day workshop)
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    Location
    Zoellner Arts Center
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & Mark Morris Dance Group
    Phone
    610-758-2787

    Two-day workshop that provides dance teachers, dancers physical and occupational therapists and student, social workers, and allied health professionals with a comprehensive, inspiring introduction to the internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s Disease) program.

    • Learn best practices and methods from one of the program’s founding teachers.
    • Hone your teaching skills.
    • Deepen your knowledge with our specially-created modules and acclaimed interactive sessions.
    • Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson’s class with members of the local Parkinson’s community.

    “This workshop was all the things one could ask for in a workshop. I left feeling informed, educated and inspired.” -Workshop participant, Philadelphia

    “Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!” -Workshop participant, Seattle

    $100 tuition for two-day workshop, reservations required. Please contact Jessica Marino at pittsburghdancepress@gmail.com with any questions.

    Informational Dance for PD flyer

    Also attend a Free Movement Class on Saturday, June 25 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Free Movement Class flyer

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health