Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) creates dialogue between the cultural community and the human service sector to expand understanding and practice in accessibility.  


Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE)

CAFE brings cultural organizations together with members of the disability and low-income communities to focus on improving cultural access for everyone.

This forum addresses issues of cultural accessibility in order to:

  •  Enhance accessible accommodations offered by the Greater Philadelphia cultural community
  •  Encourage arts providers within the sector to continue their efforts in making experiences accessible to patrons with disabilities
  •  Expand awareness of the need for such efforts

Art-Reach’s Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) is made possible with support by Independence Public Media Foundation.

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Upcoming CAFE sessions:

Offline: Staying Connected without Connectivity

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 |  1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Connections between the cultural sector and health and human service agencies are continuing with communities both near and far, but the topic that is overlooked are communities who are disconnected. There are significant barriers to high-speed internet for digital programs or people isolated due to incarceration, disability, and COVID-19 restrictions. This forum will call attention to underrepresented communities who have faced insurmountable hardship- whether immigrant communities, seniors, people who are blind/low vision, people incarcerated, in rural and urban areas of North America.

The following case studies will be presented to highlight examples of offline programs:

  • The Barnes Foundation and hybrid programming with art kits that were made for Puentes De Salud early learners and their families in Philadelphia to engage the LatinX immigrant community.
  • Covia’s Connection Programs including Well Connected and Social Call. These programs connect older adults to others and are accessible by phone across the country.
  • A.R.T. & Justice is an arts-based and Indigenous-led initiative aimed at connecting incarcerated artists and storytellers to the wider community in British Columbia, Canada. The goal is to support the mental health, wellbeing, and dignity of Indigenous Peoples and others disproportionately impacted by the carceral system

The impact of isolation to vulnerable populations and the future of this digital crater will be discussed. Has your organization taken on this work also? Bring examples to share and discuss, this presentation hopes to engage attendees into considering alternative program possibilities for underrepresented communities.

Barbara Wong- Director of Community Engagement, Barnes Foundation
Amber Carroll- Director of COVIA- Well Connected
Kelsey Timler- Ph.D. Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary Studies & Helen Brown, RN, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, School of Nursing

View Past Presenters


Creating with Access in Mind by Krista Lewis, Deaf and Nontraditional Communication Professional, ODP. Click here to watch. 

Let’s Take This Outside by Marcie Bramucci, of People’s Light & Theatre; Amanda Berg Wilson, of  The Catamounts; Katy Brown & Nick Piper, of the Barter Theatre. Click here to watch. 


Accessibility & Media Production by PhillyCAM, Click here to view CAFE on Youtube. 

Just the Ticket: Ticketing Law & and Best Practices by Dani Rose, Ticket Philadelphia & Alex Boyle, Art-Reach


Understanding Service Dogs by United Disabilities Services Foundation Service Dogs.

Accessibility Planning: The Key to Successful Inclusion, presented by John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Know Before You Go Videos featuring the Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP) Teen Council 


Build A Bridge International presenting, Fostering Resilience through Art Making

Elizabeth Clay presenting, The Digital Welcome Mat: Is Your Website and Marketing Accessible to the Disability Community

I AM, Documentary Film by Art-Reach


The Makers of Fierce Kind of Love 

Cultural Access Network Project 

Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accessibility at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Dynah Haubert is a staff attorney with Disability Rights Pennsylvania and Johnny Crescendo a leader in the disabled people’s movement.

Roger Ideishi, Associate Professor of Instruction in Rehabilitation Sciences Program Director

Hearing concrete steps we can take and conceptual changes to new approaches was extremely helpful.

— CAFE participant