The Lehigh Valley has a rich and diverse arts culture, but too often those experiences were closed to people with disabilities. Thankfully, that has begun to change. During this inaugural year, the attendance and the number of disability-friendly events exceeded goals by 25% –demonstrating both a strong need to expand services and a willingness to participate. Thirty cultural organizations teamed up with social service agencies to present sensory-friendly performances for children with autism; dance classes for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers; audio-described and open-captioned theatrical performances; lectures; exhibitions; poetry readings; film screenings; and public meetings. (589 people with disabilities attended fifty disability-friendly events, accompanied by 705 family members and friends.)
There is really so much to be proud of! The scope of the initiative and the breadth of support speak to the power of the arts to bring people together. And I am pleased to announce that the Arts Council Board of Directors voted at their March meeting to make the program a permanent one, Arts & Access Always. Randall Forte, Executive Director
WORKSHOP ADDED: Last Call for a Free PPA Grant Workshop!
Calling all artists, community groups and arts organizations of the Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties!
Applications are now being accepted for thePennsylvania Partners of the Arts(PPA) Project Stream Grant, which awards up to $2,500 to eligible individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations to conduct arts projects which have a significant public component.
The deadline for all applications is June 20, 2016!
FINAL GRANT WORKSHOP Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Lehigh Valley Arts Council
800 Hamilton Street, Suite 201, Allentown, PA 18101
Registration for the final Project Stream grant writing workshops is recommended but not required. To register, please email the Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s new PPA Coordinator Zach Kleemeyer at PPA@LVArtsCouncil.org.
A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION! Red, White & Blue
Tuesday, June 14th will certainly be a night to remember! Our Red, White & Blueevent, welcoming comedian Josh Blue to the Lehigh Valley, will celebrate the community and reflect on the successes of Arts & Access.
Tickets are now being mailed to those people who have submitted RSVPs for the event. These tickets are necessary for entry!
Some things to note for our guests:
The event will take place at the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College at 7:00 p.m. (317 Hamilton Street, Easton, PA 18042).
If you require any accommodations, please arrive at least 40 minutes before the event (6:20 p.m.) so we may seat you comfortably. Your driver may drop you off in front of the theatre, and a greeter will usher you to your seat.
Please bring your tickets; they are necessary for entry!
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Man of Steel” leaped over box office expectations in a single weekend.
The Warner Bros. superhero file earned $113 million in its opening weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The retelling of Superman’s back story earned an additional $12 million from Thursday screenings, bringing its domestic total to $125 million. Original box-office expectations for “Man of Steel” ranged from $75 million to $130 million.
“They finally got the Superman formula right,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com. “Superhero movies really are the bread and butter of the summer box office. The fact that ‘Iron Man 3’ has the biggest opening of the year so far and ‘Man of Steel’ has the second biggest opening of the year just proves that.”