The Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family ENCORE Program offers interactive and enriching cultural experiences to Art-Reach Member Organizations


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ENCORE program events are participatory, artistic experiences that are offered in many different forms and customized to our member’s needs. They can be created to complement ticketed activities, like single-session or multi-session workshops or as residencies, deepening artistic engagement and fostering educational exploration. These programs are designed to shift experience from observation into participation and deepen the cultural experience.

Some examples of ENCORE programs are:

  • ENCORE Artist Program: a teaching artist who visits a member organization site to perform or conduct a curated workshop
  • Touch tours of backstage and on the set of theater productions
  • Audio-described tours of exhibitions
  • Dance workshops in tandem with rehearsal visits
  • Art-making workshops at museum studios or in exhibition spaces

If you are interested in setting up an experience that is tailored to the organization you serve, contact:

The ENCORE Program is made possible by a gift from Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family Education Fund

ENCORE Artist Program

ENCORE Artist Programs include artist-led workshops that activate individuals from our Member Organizations to become participants in arts and culture: dance, movement, music, theater and visual art.

Member Organizations may select comprehensive programs created by a diverse roster of local artists, gaining access to these programs at a reduced rate. Art-Reach’s roster is made up of dedicated, experienced and passionate local artists, musicians, and museum educators. Current Member Organizations may request an Encore Artist workshop at the links above.

If you have any questions about our Encore Program, please email Alex Boyle, Program Manager, at

ENCORE at Home

As a response to COVID-19, Art-Reach has created a new program, ENCORE at Home, where digital content is created in partnership with arts organizations to build accessibility awareness, appreciation for, and engagement in arts and culture from the safety of your own homes.

Each video is verbally described by the featured arts partner, ASL interpreted by HandsUP Productions, and captioned, and will be updated to the website as they are launched.

ENCORE at home is made possible by Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family Education Fund & the Independence Public Media Foundation

Our ENCORE Artist was amazing!  Her energy was contagious and the joy that you could see around the room was overwhelming. . . I wish we could have her more often!

— Christy Cugno, Salvation Army (Member Organizations)