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.

November 2019
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  • Into the Woods-AD/OC
28 29 30
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
31 1 2
3 4 5 6
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
7 8 9
10 11 12 13
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
14 15 16
17 18 19 20
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
21 22 23
  • Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
24 25 26 27
  • Moving with Parkinson’s
28 29 30

Arts & Access Events: Accessible

10 event dates found
    Nov 13
    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 20
    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 23
    Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    An iconic holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s era radio broadcast. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of Christmas favorites, Miracle on 34th Street is brimming with holiday cheer. When Kris Kringle, the real Santa Claus, gets mistaken for a department store wannabe in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, he pleads his case all the way to the Supreme Court where a miracle unfolds that is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts. Just in time for Thanksgiving, a holiday favorite for the entire family. Ages 6+

    More Info
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    Nov 27
    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
    Dec 01
    Cirque Mechanics: 42ft--A Menagerie Of Mechanical Marvels. Sensory Friendly
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    4:00pm
    Location
    Zoellner Arts Center
    Phone
    (610) 758-2787

    Cirque Mechanics-style, with human-powered inventions such as a galloping metal horse and a rotating tent frame serving strongmen, tumblers and aerialists.

    More Info
    Accessible
    Sensory Friendly
    Dec 04
    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
    Dec 11
    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
    Feb 22
    Tartuffe
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    Vice becomes virtue in Molière’s hilarious exploration of power and hypocrisy. By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof, the wealthy bourgeois Orgon thinks he is harboring a pillar of piety. But in fact, Orgon is the one who has been taken in – by the ruthless scoundrel. With Orgon determined to marry his daughter to Tartuffe – and blind to the latter’s lecherous design on his wife – it’s up to the rest of the household to expose Tartuffe as the masterful con artist he is. Ages 13+

    More Info
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning
    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+

    More Info
    Accessible
    Audio Description
    Open Captioning