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.


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.




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.

April 2019
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • 9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
  • The Princess King — AD & ASL Performance
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  • Pippin — AD & OC Performance

Events in April 2019

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    Apr 01 to Apr 14
    9th Annual Hope & Healing Juried Art Show
    Visual Arts
    8:30am – 7:00pm
    Banana Factory Crayola Gallery
    Presented by Healing Through The Arts

    The Hope & Healing Juried Art Show is the signature project of Healing Through The Arts ( At the conclusion of the show, hospitals and healing facilities have the opportunity to request and receive artwork from the show at no cost to them. The art is to be placed where people spend time waiting and is an alternate option to TV viewing.

    Healing Art Meditations for Calm, Hope & Inspiration
    Select art from the art show is used to create 3-4-minute meditations by combining a slide show of the art with music of nationally renowned musicians who support the work of Healing Through The Arts by granting rights to use their work. Our website features meditations with the music of Jim Brickman (; LIV ON collaborative album by Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky, and Beth Nielsen Chapman (; and Kira Willey’s “Kindness Mantra” (

    For more information visit

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    Cognitive Health
    Mental Health
    Apr 13
    The Princess King -- AD & ASL Performance
    he Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Schubert Theater
    Presented by DeSales University

    Come curl up with a bedtime story as our senior theatre majors present a tale of love, loyalty, and a little bit of lasagna!

    By Jeff Fluharty

    Tickets: Adult/Senior $12, Children $11

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    American Sign Language
    Audio Description
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing