Arts & Access Always

For more information, contact Jacqui Schwartz, Arts & Access Always Program Administrator.

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.

 

People with Disabilities Belong

DFC’s Affirmation of Belonging
The Disability Friendly Community of the Lehigh Valley has launched a yearlong awareness campaign, People With Disabilities Belong, to mark the 
30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Belonging is important because it indicates equal participation. On July 26, 2020,
persons with disabilities also celebrate their coming of age politically. They are empowered by thirty years of experiencing the following:
 
          ·  Challenging the parameters of the law
          ·  Gaining perspective on how far they have come and where they need to go
          ·  Building relationships, speaking out and making their voices heard.
 
Please show your support for people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act by signing the Affirmation of Belonging pledge.

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS      CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES      PROUD CELEBRANTS

 

 

 

 

Accessibility in your organization

Are you interested in having us present to your board or organization about access to the arts and the options you have for embracing accessibility? Set up a meeting by contacting our Program Administrator, Elise.

Schedule a meeting

 

Champions of inclusion 2020

in partnership with pbs-39

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council and PBS Channel 39 are pleased to announce Champions of Inclusion, a documentary highlighting the state of cultural access in the region and the champions who have provided hope and progress in changing people’s lives. Click below to explore the project and watch the full documentary online.

More Information on Champions

Professional Development: AD Trainings

AD Training in 2017

Audio Description (AD) assists patrons who are blind/low-vision to access the visual elements of museum exhibits and stage productions through narration provided by trained describers.

Two workshops are available through the Lehigh Valley Arts Council: AD for the Performing Arts and AD for the Visual Arts. Professional development training in audio description can be beneficial to college students, educators, and arts administrators.

Audio Description Training and Information

Incentive Grants for Greater inclusion

a group of young adults with autism sit at a long table covered in a plastic tablecloth. Each student focuses on painting a piece of paper on the table in front of them.

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 Incentive Grant Opportunities 

 

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 complete one of these forms:

Online 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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  • Festival Unbound (RE)MAKING OUR WORLD

Upcoming Arts & Access Events

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    Oct 02
    Festival Unbound (RE)MAKING OUR WORLD
    Category
    Community Involvement
    Time
    1:00pm
    Location
    Charles A. Brown Ice House
    Presented by Touchstone Theatre
    Phone
    (610) 867-1689

    Experience our world, where disability culture and aesthetics take the stage. The intersectional disability arts movement promotes work by disabled people, work that features disabled people, and work that imagines a disabled audience as primary. This movement acknowledges access as a creative force in the artistic process and work itself, rather than as a retroactive accommodation.

    We invite you to join us for an afternoon of inquiry and delight in an exchange with local and national artists who are experts in the disability arts field. Featured presentations include films highlighting the work of acclaimed dance ensemble Kinetic Light, a visual arts exhibition from community members, and a theatre performance examining questions on aging and independence in the time of COVID.

    Audio description, closed captioning, ASL interpretation, and accessible parking/seating for all events.

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    Accessible
    American Sign Language
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Oct 09
    Pride & Prejudice
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    Main Stage
    Presented by Act 1 DeSales University
    Phone
    610-282-3192

    Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense—but the truth turns out to be more elusive than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to overcome his pride and her prejudice, and to find true love? $13.50

    Recommended for Ages 13+

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    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Oct 23
    Crumbs from the Table of Joy
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Schubert Theatre
    Presented by Act 1 DeSales University
    Phone
    610-282-3192

    It is 1950 and the Crump family have just arrived to live in Brooklyn from Pensacola, Florida. The father, Godfrey, is still nearly paralyzed with grief after his wife’s death and puts his faith in radio evangelist Father Divine. His daughters—sassy Ermina and studious Ernestine, escape their gloomy basement flat by going to the movies. Their mother’s sister Lily arrives, and the girls are taken with her daring, unconventional ways. After disappearing for a few days, their father returns with a new wife—a German immigrant who hopes to win the family’s love. But idealism can only take you so far in America and Pulitzer prize winning writer Lynn Nottage weaves a tapestry of resilience, dreams, and eventual heartbreak. $12.50

    Recommended for Ages 13+

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    Audio Description
    Nov 12
    Dancing Through Parkinson's
    Category
    Workshops / Classes
    Time
    4:30pm – 5:30pm
    Location
    Zoom
    Presented by WDIY

    Los Angeles–based professional dance company Invertigo Dance Theatre (Invertigo) is offering weekly live Dancing Through Parkinson’s (DTP) classes via Zoom on Thursdays at 1:30 PT/3:30 CT/4:30 ET. Visit invertigodance.org/dancing-through-parkinsons for more information.

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    Accessible
    Dec 11
    A Christmas Carol
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    Main Stage
    Presented by Act 1 DeSales University
    Phone
    610-282-3192

    Perhaps the greatest ghost story of all time, Dickens’ most beloved story is seen in a fresh interpretation in this new production directed and scored by Dennis Razze. A delightfully different holiday treat for the whole family! Recommended for Ages 10+. $17

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    Audio Description
    Open Captioning