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


What is CAFE?

Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange is dialogue series driven by Art-Reach. 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

CAFE was launched in 2015, during the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law. Art-Reach believes that more can be done when we work together, and learn from one another. These forums invite the arts community and members of the disability community to share best practices, learn about advances in the field and hear from thought leaders in cultural accessibility from across the country.

CAFE Sessions are generously sponsored by: 

Logos of Liberty Resources, Independence Foundation, Philadelphia Foundation, Wells Fargo

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Upcoming CAFE sessions:


CAFE: Accessibility Planning: The Key to Successful Inclusion
Thursday, May 9th  | 3-5 PM

Art-Reach is excited to partner with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) on this accessibility planning workshop. Cultural organizations want to be welcoming to people with disabilities. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to understand the need for and how to develop a plan for accessibility. Participants will learn how to plan for programming access, marketing to people with disabilities, and creating a more welcoming environment. The session will discuss the importance of a self-assessment as the first step and provide a framework and outline for developing a comprehensive plan.
Together, Art-Reach and GPCA welcome John McEwen to lead this important discussion. John has served as the Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance since 2001. Click here to learn more about John.  

Past presenters include:

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