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.


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.




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.

May 2019
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  • Pippin — AD & OC Performance
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  • Creative Abilities Group Art Show at C. Leslie Smith Gallery
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  • Impression Expressions Reception

Events in May 2019

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    May 04
    Pippin -- AD & OC Performance
    The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage
    Presented by DeSales University

    Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Pippin tells of the poignant story of a young man’s journey to be estraordinary.

    Book by Roger O. Hirson | Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
    Directed by Dennis Razze

    Tickets: Adult $32; Senior/Student $30


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    Audio Description
    Blind & Low Vision
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    Open Captioning
    May 24
    Creative Abilities Group Art Show at C. Leslie Smith Gallery
    Visual Arts
    6:00pm – 8:00pm
    C. Leslie Smith
    Presented by Autism Society of the Lehigh Valley

    Currently, C. Leslie Smith Silversmith Shop in Allentown is hosting our Creative Abilities Group art show in their beautiful gallery space throughout the month of May.  Ten of our young adult artists have completed a collaborative fiber arts piece which is hanging in the show along with their individual original artwork.

    You can visit C. Leslie Smith any time during their store hours to see the show.  And while you are there you can enjoy their unique and handcrafted jewelry and gifts.

    We also invite you to celebrate the talents of our young adults with autism and developmental disabilities by joining us on May 24th   for a reception with light refreshments and “meet the artists” gathering from 6:00-8:00pm.   We hope to see you there!

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    Cognitive Health
    Mental Health
    Jun 01
    Impression Expressions Reception
    Visual Arts
    2:00pm – 6:00pm
    The Arts Establishment
    Presented by The Art Establishment

    Dual exhibition by Bethlehem artists Mary Ann Dunwoodie, legally blind artist, and Joseph Canto, accomplished landscape painter.

    When Mary Ann lost her eyesight 13 years ago, she was devastated and ready to give up. Her friend, Joe Canto, got her some canvases and paints and encouraged her to give painting a try. Painting has given her a second sight. This exhibition is their first time showing together.

    Come and view the inspiring natural realism of Joe’s incredible landscapes, and the inspiring natural expressionism of Mary Ann’s bold and imaginative figurative paintings! These are two talented artists who share their impressive vision of our world!

    Show runs through June 16.

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