Friday, September 23, 2011

Independence Starts Here Cultural Calendar featured at the 2011 Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability (LEAD)

Check out the article featuring our work with VSA about our joint presentation featuring Independence Starts Here. This article is currently featured on the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance website.

Michael Norris, Art-Reach Executive Director, and Mimi Kenney-Smith, Artistic Director of Amaryllis Theatre Company and VSA, present at LEAD.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Join the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to Celebrate the Opening of Lenfest Plaza!

This event is FREE and will feature the official lighting of Claes Oldenberg’s new sculpture, Paint Torch.  For more information check-out PAFA’s website

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Educating Kara

Kara is the granddaughter of Mimi Kenney-Smith, the Co-Chair of Independence Starts Here and longtime supporter of Art-Reach.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Autism-Friendly Performance of "The Lion King"

For the first time for Broadway in New York City, an Autism-Friendly performance will be held on October 2nd at the Minskoff Theatre with the 6-time Tony Award-winning Broadway show ,“The Lion King”.  The Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a non-profit dedicated to making live theater available and enjoyable for all, created a new pilot program called the Autism Theatre Initiative in accordance with their Theatre Accessibility Program (TAP), which helps make theaters accessible to people on the Autism spectrum and their families. 

Accommodations for this special performance include the reduction of loud or harsh sounds as well as a reduction of strobe lights concentrated on the audience. In addition, there will be staffed quiet areas in the lobby if there are any attendees who need to leave their seats during the performance. Another step  TDF took to make this performance accessible was to purchase all the seats for the performance so that they could be sold at more affordable prices. On the TDF website, there is a downloadable Word document to familiarize attendees with the theater and production beforehand, which can be very helpful for those on the Autism Spectrum who have anxieties about being in a large theater. 
Via Los Angeles Times &