Inclusive Arts – Accessible Events For January & February 2016‏


Tuesday, January 26, 2016
2:45 to 5:30pm
Banana Factory
25 West Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

This mid-winter festive gathering celebrates the achievements of Arts & Access midway through a year of offering greater accessibility.

Arts & Access launched last July to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act through the lens of the arts. Currently, thirty arts organizations have teamed up with social service agencies to offer more than fifty events through June 2016, that intentionally reach people with disabilities and their family and friends. The diversity of programming include live theatre performances that are audio described and open captioned for people with visual and hearing loss; sensory friendly performances for children with autism, and a dance workshop for Parkinson patients and their caregivers.

“Cultural access is really about customer service,” says Randall Forte, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council. “It’s about making your customers feel welcome and comfortable.

Experience Arts & Access seeks to raise awareness of the needs as well as the abilities of persons with disabilities. Featured artist and National Storytelling Champion Anne Thomas will perform autobiographical stories crafted with a mix of dark humor, high energy and rare common sense. She speaks not only to survivors of disability, illness and tragedy, but to everyone who has a body, a dream, obstacles, hope and determination.

Experience will also allow visitors to explore an arts experience through the simulated reality of a person with a physical, sensory, or cognitive limitation. Guests will be encouraged to test the different technologies that are available, such as audio description and open captioning, voice activated wheel chairs, plus a tactile exploration of a 3-D image of a painting.

The event is FREE and open to the everyone, particularly someone with a disability. Please RSVP to attend at or 610-437-5915. Light refreshments will be provided.

Our newest PROMOTIONAL VIDEO for Arts & Access

We’ve just released the second in our ongoing collection of Arts & Access promotional videos!

This edition gives a more intimate look at the Summer and Fall 2015 programming that supports our mission for inclusive arts in our region. The organizations involved have produced quite a variety of accessible arts experiences – theatre performances, visual arts classes and exhibitions, and dance workshops – all celebrating and representing a wide variety of disabilities.

Beautifully produced by Marco Calderon, our hearts are touched each time we see the laughing faces of the participants and encouraging words of those involved. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the celebration thus far! We are looking forward to the events planned for this year – we are only halfway through and we have already made such an impact.

View our newest video on YouTube

If you didn’t catch our last edition featuring the Launch Party in July 2015, here it is!

ARTICLE: See the Music, Hear the Art!

In October, SATORI played a classical music concert for an audience who couldn’t hear it – and it was wonderful.

SATORI is participating in the Arts & Access initiative of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, a yearlong celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, seen through the lens of the arts. As a performing arts organization with deep roots locally, we wanted to be a part of this special series of events – and thought we already had an ace in the hole. For almost two decades, SATORI has been presenting in-school music education programs that combine classical music with an array of vibrant images and drawings, projected overhead as the musicians play. Surely the addition of a visual component to a music performance might make it more appropriate for a deaf or hard-of-hearing audience?
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Come see SATORI Chamber Music Ensemble perform at our Experience Arts & Access Event on January 26th!

Now through June 1, 2017
Lehigh Main Gallery
Open during gallery hours
Presented by Lehigh University Art Galleries & Museum

Teaching Collection of multiple artists’ work in Audio Description and Tactile Description (3-D image to touch) for the visually impaired. Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 11am – 5pm; Sun, 1-5pm; Closed Mon-Tues.
Handicap Access • Blind & Low-Vision • Audio Description

January 8, 2016 & February 5, 2016
Recovery Partnership
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Featuring artists who express their journey with mental health. Held every first Friday. Free.
Handicap Access • Mental Health

January 8, 2016 through February 22, 2016
Banana Factory
Open during gallery hours
Presented by ArtsQuest
Photographer Stephen Cunic’s 3-D images, created using various layers and texture, allow visually impaired patrons to experience his scenes using their sense of touch. Free and open to all. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9:30pm, Sat & Sun, 8:30am-5pm.
Handicap Access • Blind & Low-Vision

January 9, 2016
Da Vinci Science Center
10:30am – 2:00pm
Presented by Da Vinci Science Center
Presenting teams from regional and global companies in a playful competition to create fresh batches of creative ice cream flavors. Sign Language interpreter for each presentation.
Handicap Access • American Sign Language

January 11, 2016
Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center
10:00am – 1:00pm
Presented by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
For those with Parkinson’s and their families / caregivers. Demonstrations, education, health screenings. Registration recommended: 610-776-3393.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health

January 23 & 24, 2016
Zoellner Arts Center
10:00am – 1:00pm
Presented by Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange / Mark Morris Dance Group
Intro to the internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease) program. $100 tuition for two-day workshop, reservations required:
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health
*FREE MOVEMENT CLASS ON JANUARY 23 FROM 2:00-3:30 PM – Appropriate for anyone with PD.

January 23, 2016
IceHouse Center
11:00am – 1:00pm
Presented by Mock Turtle Marionette / Easter Seals
This hands-on session will consist of puppet-making, learning a set of jokes and songs, and a twenty-minute performance. Free and open to public.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health

February 13, 2016 – 7:30pm / February 14, 2016 – 3:00pm
Miller Symphony Hall
Presented by Allentown Symphony Orchestra
Puccini’s Greatest Hits performed by Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Projected subtitles.
Handicap Access • Deaf & Hard of Hearing • Open Captioning

February 28, 2016
Zoellner Arts Center

Presented by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem / Mercy Learning Center
Four fabulous youth choirs join The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra in a program of favorite choruses by Bach, Handel, and Randall Thompson. General Admission: $18, Students $7.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health

Night Hike and Tree Planting At The Althouse Arboretum

Night Hike!

Hike on candle lit trails…
Roast marshmallows…
Listen to storyteller…
Games & activities…

Our most popular event!          Fun for the whole family!

Friday, October 23rd
6pm to 9pm
$2.50 per person
Parking at the Aquatic Club on Moyer Road (Shuttle provided)

Calling All Volunteers!!

Saturday, October 31st, Sunday, November 1st
Saturday, November 7th & 14th
Come anytime between 10am to 3pm

We’ll be planting lots of trees and shrubs along Penn’s Woods Trail and can use all the help we can get! Hope to see you there!

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Presents: Storytelling Olio

Friday Sept. 19, 2014
7:30 PM
Lipkin Theatre
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Storytelling Olio

An olio is a round-robin of storytelling.This year’s Olio will feature some of the best storytellers in and around the area including:
Black diamond (cards) Sasha Cheer (Pennsylvania Youth Storytelling Showcase Winner )
Black diamond (cards) Robin Reichert (Lehigh Valley)
Black diamond (cards)Judy England-McCarthy (New Jersey)
Black diamond (cards) Lynn Ruehlmann (Virginia)
Black diamond (cards)Bernie Libster (New Jersey)
Black diamond (cards) Jennings & Ponder (Featured National Storytellers)



Friday’s Storytelling Olio is part of
StoryFUSION Festival – September 19th – 21st 2014

Headliners: Jennings and Ponder
World folktales, duo narrative performance, interwoven with traditional music. Besides evening performances on Friday and Saturday, there will be workshops, free children’s show and story swaps.
For full schedule go to

Jennings & Ponder:
In a powerful blend of technique and soul, this Vermont couple presents traditional world folktales as duo narrative performance, interwoven with traditional Celtic music on harp and concertina. By combining their voices, sensibilities, and creative talents, the duo has developed a form of entertainment that is truly magical, with a unique ability to transcend boundaries.

Friday night – Rush Ticket $6

Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market Is Back, And With It Comes The Sights And Smells Of Summer

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE — Three young men were walking around the Farmers’ Market on Thursday around noon and one of them said, “Wow, there sure are a lot of good smells here.”

An accurate assessment of the opening of the 40th Farmers’ Market on Public Square. But the smells weren’t the only things for the senses to enjoy — there were tastes, bargains, music, sunshine and fun.

“There’s lots of stuff here,” said Debbie Rutkoski of Larksville, who was on her lunch break from her job at Wilkes University.  “This is so good for the downtown.

I wish there were more events on Public Square.”

Larry Newman, executive director of the Diamond City Partnership, the key downtown management organization in the city, said there will be more events downtown.  He said the Farmers’ Market is the embodiment of a city’s downtown.

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