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 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

Promote Your Disability-Friendly Event

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.

October 2019
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
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  • Moving with Parkinson’s
3 4
  • A Joyful Noise
  • Festival UnBound Opening Ceremony
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
5
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Starry-Eyed
  • Homecoming
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
6
  • Starry-Eyed
  • The Secret
  • Prometheus/Redux
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
  • Kitchen Chronicles
7
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Kitchen Chronicles
8
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
9
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
  • Inside / Outside City
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors
10
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Hidden Seed: Bethlehem’s Forgotten Utopia
  • Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors
11
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
  • Embracing Bethlehem / Abrazo a Belén
12
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Sustainability Forum
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Embracing Bethlehem / Abrazo a Belén
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
13
  • Community Supper
  • Festival UnBound Closing Ceremony
14 15 16
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
17 18 19
  • Working, A Musical
20 21 22 23
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
24 25 26
27 28 29 30
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
31 1 2

Upcoming Arts & Access Events

5 event dates found
    Oct 16
    Moving with Parkinson's
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location
    Cedar Crest College
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange

    FREE COMMUNITY CLASS

    Wednesdays 11-12noon
    September 4-December 11, 2019

    Steinbright Hall – Studio 2

    Moving with Parkinson’s combines movement with music to stimulate connective flow, coordination and expression. The class welcomes both Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers to promote connection and meaningful exchange through kinetic play.

    Instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, Phd
    Natalie was trained through the Dance for PD® program developed through the on-going non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and is currently teaching classes for the Dance and Parkinson’s Program at Rutgers University.

    All levels of mobility and ability welcome!

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    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+

    More Info
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Oct 23
    Moving with Parkinson's
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location
    Cedar Crest College
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange

    FREE COMMUNITY CLASS

    Wednesdays 11-12noon
    September 4-December 11, 2019

    Steinbright Hall – Studio 2

    Moving with Parkinson’s combines movement with music to stimulate connective flow, coordination and expression. The class welcomes both Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers to promote connection and meaningful exchange through kinetic play.

    Instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, Phd
    Natalie was trained through the Dance for PD® program developed through the on-going non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and is currently teaching classes for the Dance and Parkinson’s Program at Rutgers University.

    All levels of mobility and ability welcome!

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Oct 30
    Moving with Parkinson's
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location
    Cedar Crest College
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange

    FREE COMMUNITY CLASS

    Wednesdays 11-12noon
    September 4-December 11, 2019

    Steinbright Hall – Studio 2

    Moving with Parkinson’s combines movement with music to stimulate connective flow, coordination and expression. The class welcomes both Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers to promote connection and meaningful exchange through kinetic play.

    Instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, Phd
    Natalie was trained through the Dance for PD® program developed through the on-going non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and is currently teaching classes for the Dance and Parkinson’s Program at Rutgers University.

    All levels of mobility and ability welcome!

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health
    Nov 06
    Moving with Parkinson's
    Category
    Dance
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location
    Cedar Crest College
    Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange

    FREE COMMUNITY CLASS

    Wednesdays 11-12noon
    September 4-December 11, 2019

    Steinbright Hall – Studio 2

    Moving with Parkinson’s combines movement with music to stimulate connective flow, coordination and expression. The class welcomes both Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers to promote connection and meaningful exchange through kinetic play.

    Instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, Phd
    Natalie was trained through the Dance for PD® program developed through the on-going non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and is currently teaching classes for the Dance and Parkinson’s Program at Rutgers University.

    All levels of mobility and ability welcome!

    More Info
    Accessible
    Cognitive Health