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.

September 2019
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  • Moving with Parkinson’s
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  • Moving with Parkinson’s
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  • Moving with Parkinson’s
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  • A Joyful Noise
  • Festival UnBound Opening Ceremony
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Starry-Eyed
  • Homecoming
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret

Arts & Access Events: American Sign Language

2 event dates found
    Oct 13
    Community Supper
    To Get Involved
    2:00pm – 5:00pm
    The Charles A. Brown Ice House
    Presented by Touchstone Theatre
    (610) 867-1689
    As we break bread together, we’ll enjoy the flavors of Bethlehem favorites and share our takeaways from the Festival UnBound experience. Join us for the food, conversations, dreams, live music, and community!
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    American Sign Language
    Apr 18
    The Jungle Book
    Kids / Teens
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    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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    American Sign Language
    Audio Description