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- As part of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s Arts & Access Always Program, we strive to strengthen the capacity of cultural nonprofits to serve this community by providing resources and training that actively engage persons with disabilities in the arts. Audio description can be a valuable addition to any organization’s resources to provide access to individuals with disabilities.
- Audio Description is a service that narrates visual content for blind and visually impaired patrons. In a theater or performance setting, a patron would listen to audio description done in real-time narrated through a headset. For visual art, audio descriptions can be pre-recorded and played for the listening individual.
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council has provided annual Audio Description Trainings attended by multiple community members and organizations from the Lehigh Valley Area including Act 1 DeSales, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Lehigh University Galleries, Banana Factory, Allentown Art Museum, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Muhlenberg College of Theater and Dance.
UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
AD 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.