A child holds up mosaics he created at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens during an after school Encore event.
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The Art-Reach Staff poses with Betty Siegel, the Director of the Office of VSA & Accessibility, and our Community Asset Award. We are smiling SO HARD !

Executive Director, John Orr on receiving LEAD Community Asset Award

Last week the Art-Reach staff was presented the Community Asset Award at the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability (LEAD) Conference in Denver,…

Accessibility Conference Logo: Reads Art-Reach Presents Cultural Accessibility Conference September 11th from 8-5 PM 3 logos: Green Paintbrush, Puruple Light Bulb , Pink Thought bubble

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Art-Reach is proud to host its first-ever Cultural Accessibility Conference. For over 33 years, Art-Reach has created accessible experiences in the arts for people with…

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

  • In 2017, Art-Reach provided 160,098 cultural opportunities.

  • The low-income and disability communities saved $3,296,754 through ACCESS Admission.

  • In 2017, we provided our Members 17,087 opportunities to attend live performances.

  • In the last five years, our programs reached over 250,000 people—more than our first 25 years combined.

  • In 2017, ACCESS Admission welcomed 146,061 people to 36 area museums.

  • ACCESS Admission has generated $266,322 in revenue for the museum sector since September 2014.

  • Our programmatic impact has increased by more than 1,000% over the last three years–from 13,000 to over 150,000 people.

  • In conjunction with our collaborators, over 160,000 people participate in accessible experiences annually.

  • In 2017, our Ticketing Program saved participants $482,068 in admission fees to live arts and museums.

ENCORE Program Spotlight

In January 2018, Art-Reach teamed up with Comcast, an artist and the students of Overbrook School for the Blind to explore art through touch, and brought new understanding to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In response to the quote,

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that

Overbrook School for the Blind students used typography and paint on a giant plaster bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during an art-making day at the Art-Reach offices. Later, there was an unveiling ceremony at the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts. The bust is on display on the Philadelphia Art Museum’s steps for the entire month of February, Black History Month and was seen by millions during the Eagles Superbowl Parade!