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Spring Brunch & Cultural Access Awards Logo: World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street Phila. Saturday 12-330 PM

Spring Brunch & Cultural Access Awards

Join us for the Annual Spring Brunch & Cultural Access Awards Saturday, April 4th, 2020 | 12-3:30 PM World Cafe Live Join us for Art-Reach’s…

a hand holds a Blue and White card that reads ACCESS Philly with swirl logo.. behind the card is a blury mosaic wall

Available Now: Art-Reach ACCESS Philly card

For the first time ever, individuals with disabilities that do not qualify for Pennsylvania state benefits can purchase an ACCESS Philly Card directly from Art-Reach…

  • Art-Reach works with over 400 organizations throughout Philadelphia.

  • In 2019, Art-Reach provided 212,274 cultural opportunities.

  • The low-income and disability communities saved $8,138,300 through ACCESS Philly.

  • In 2019, we provided our Members 15,538 opportunities to attend live performances.

  • In the last five years, our programs reached over 700,000 people—more than our first 25 years combined.

  • In 2019, ACCESS Philly welcomed 182,527 people to 48 cutlural sites.

  • Our programmatic impact has increased by more than 1,500% over the last 5 years–from 13,000 to over 212,000 people.

  • In 2019, our Ticketing Program saved participants $733,719 in admission fees to live arts and museums.

Program Spotlight

Katie Samson, our Director of Programs and Alex Boyle, our Member Servies Coordinator work tirelessly to provide unique accessible arts events for our organizations & groups every day! Barriers like transportation and staffing can prevent our groups from attending as many arts and cultural events as they would like, so Katie & Alex curate participatory, artistic experiences through the Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family ENCORE program. The ENCORE program brings workshops and performances directly to our organizations & groups’ locations through ENCORE Teaching Artists.

We are kicking off this year of ENCORE by welcoming Laura Baehr teaching Dance & Movement and Rachel Hoppenstein teaching Visual Arts & Yoga to our roster! Both artists come with valuable experience working with people with disabilities and recognize the importance of adapting and designing inclusive workshops. Understanding that dance, movement, and yoga can take many forms, these workshops also embrace breathing, relaxation, and meditation.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ (PAFA) Teaching Artists has also joined ENCORE to facilitate printmaking workshops. Bringing a form of art-making routed in tradition, block printmaking provides Art-Reach groups and organizations an experience with visual art that focuses on process and skill-building. Click here to learn more about our ENCORE Program, specially curated for our organizations and groups.