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

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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.

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  • A Joyful Noise
  • Festival UnBound Opening Ceremony
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret
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  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • Starry-Eyed
  • Homecoming
  • pARTicipate: Express Yourself
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Festival UnBound Cabaret

Arts & Access Events: Audio Description

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    Oct 05
    The Glass Menagerie
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    An innocuous visit from a potential suitor unsettles the sheltered Wingfield family. Matriarch Amanda fiercely protects her adult children from the harshness of others, but doesn’t realize that her own eccentricities are the biggest threat to their psychological survival. Brimming with poetic language and indelible characters, this play about the enduring but limiting nature of love gave rise to the powerful new dramatic voice of Tennessee Williams, a titan of the American theatre. Ages 10+

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    Oct 06
    The Secret
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    1:00pm
    Location
    Touchstone Theatre
    Presented by Touchstone Theatre
    Phone
    (610) 867-1689

    The premiere of a new play by Mock Turtle Marionette Theater on the Lehigh Valley’s most iconic influential artist, the celebrated feminist writer and LGBTQ icon Hilda Doolittle, featuring narrative, song, and puppetry.

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    Oct 06
    Prometheus/Redux
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    7:00pm
    Location
    Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
    Presented by Touchstone Theatre
    Phone
    (610) 867-1689

    Touchstone Theatre presents the world premiere of “Prometheus/Redux”, an original play commissioned for Festival UnBound written by Gerard Stropnicky. Marking the 20th anniversary of Bethlehem Steel’s closing, and the seminal work “Steelbound” from our 1999 “Steel Festival”, “Prometheus/Redux” asks us how we define ourselves in the face of an ever-changing, ever more interconnected world. No longer “bound” to the steel industry, what has become of the proud steel-worker Prometheus, and our community, 20 years later?

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    Oct 10
    Hidden Seed: Bethlehem's Forgotten Utopia
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    8:00pm
    Location
    PBS 39
    Presented by Touchstone Theatre
    Phone
    (610) 867-1689

    Dive into the hidden history of Bethlehem’s birth—  a Moravian Utopia? Multiculturalism and womens’ rights are sown into the soil of our remarkable egalitarian past. Hidden Seed shines light on our forebears’ lessons, and the treasures that grow from our roots.

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    Oct 19
    Working, A Musical
    Category
    Theatre
    Time
    2:00pm
    Location
    DeSales University
    Presented by Act 1
    Phone
    610.282.3654 x1

    Come hear America singing! Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book, Working is a profound and extraordinary collection of stories about the ordinary hopes and dreams of the American worker. For anyone who has ever punched a timeclock, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women so often taken for granted: the schoolteacher, the waitress, the mill worker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few. With music by a slate of some of Broadway’s best composers including Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and James Taylor, Working is a highly original look at how the work we do gives meaning to our lives. Ages 13+

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    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+

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    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+

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    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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    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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