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.

From left to right; a young woman, seated in a wheelchair, smiling. In the center, comedian Josh Blue with an excited expression on his face. On the right, a young man smiles and leans in toward Josh. The young man is also seated in a wheelchair.

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

Professional Development: AD Trainings

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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 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 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.
 

*Please note: because of the current ban on public meetings due to the COVID-19, many events are either canceled or postponed. Please check with the host organization regarding any updates. 
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Upcoming Arts & Access Events

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    Apr 02
    The Jungle Book
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    12:30pm
    Location
    DeSales University Schubert Theater
    Presented by DeSales University
    Phone
    610-282-3654 x2

    Engage with live theater in an inclusive, hush-free setting at a Relaxed Performance – a sensory-friendly show which creates a judgment-free and inclusive environment for patrons with a wide range of sensory and communication differences. This includes individuals on the autism spectrum, young children, and people of all abilities and ages who would benefit from a relaxed experience.


    Swing into the jungle with the senior theatre majors’ production of The Jungle Book! Join the young, jungle boy Mowgli as he experiences a wild string of adventures from escaping a monkey’s birthday party to outwitting a treasure-guarding cobra, and even fighting for the future of the jungle against the ferocious tiger Shere Khan. With his family of animal friends including the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera, Mowgli will learn about community, bravery, and what it really means to be a leader.

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    Accessible
    Sensory Friendly
    Apr 18
    The Jungle Book
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    10:00am
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    Swing into the jungle with the senior theatre majors’ production of The Jungle Book! Join the young, jungle boy Mowgli as he experiences a wild string of adventures from escaping a monkey’s birthday party to outwitting a treasure-guarding cobra, and even fighting for the future of the jungle against the ferocious tiger Shere Khan. With his family of animal friends including the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera, Mowgli will learn about community, bravery, and what it really means to be a leader.

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    Accessible
    American Sign Language
    Audio Description
    May 02
    The Sound of Music
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    The hills are alive! Join Maria and the Von Trapp family in this heartwarming family musical overflowing with such beloved songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” This masterpiece of the American musical theatre tells the inspiring story of the discovery of love – and a daring bid for freedom. Celebrate our 50th anniversary season finale with this Act 1 premiere! Ages 6+

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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Jun 24
    A Chorus Line
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    Labuda Center for the Performing Arts
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    An icon of American musical theatre, this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “singular sensation” illuminates the ambitions of ensemble dancers in the final chorus audition for an upcoming Broadway show. Tensions and expectations converge in a brilliant mix of song, dance, and compelling drama.

    This is an audio-described and open-captioned performance. To reserve one of these services please call Box Office Manager Kyle Schumaker at 610.282.3654 x1.

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    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Jun 26
    Charlotte's Web
    Category
    Kids / Teens
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    10:00am – 11:00am
    Location
    Labuda Center for the Performing Arts
    Presented by Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
    Phone
    610-282-3654 x1

    With the help of a young girl named Fern and Charlotte the gentle spider, the lovable Wilbur transforms from the runt of the litter to a prize-winning pig. Everyone in the barnyard bands together to help save Wilbur’s life, as we learn just how extraordinary an ordinary pig can be.

    For tickets to this special relaxed performance, please contact Box Office Manager Kyle Schumaker at 610.282.3654 x1

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    Accessible
    Sensory Friendly