The Encore Program offers interactive and enriching cultural experiences to Art-Reach Member Agencies.

  • PA Ballet dancer demonstrates a step for students from Saint Katherine Day School.
  • a woman feels a plushie bird at the 2017 flower show.
  • A woman creating a paper mask at an Encore event.
  • A man smiles while holding a paper guitar.
  • A child in a green shirt balances on his right foot, surrounded by smiling adults.
  • A man wearing a bright red jacket beats on a large drum.
  • children and their parents hold their arms over their heads at a ballet lesson.


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. Some examples of Encore programs are: touch tours of backstage and on set of theatre productions, audio described tours of exhibitions, dance workshops and rehearsal visits to the ballet, art-making classes at museum studios, or in exhibition spaces. These programs are designed to shift an experience from observation into participation and deepen the cultural experience.

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

Deputy Director 
Charlie Miller | (267) 515-6725

Program Profile

In December, 2016, students at Overbrook School for the Blind went on an exclusive tour through the Barnes Foundation highlighting the collection’s family portraits.

Male student from Overbrook School for the Blind working in clay as part of art workshop at The Barnes Foundation

Overbrook School for the Blind participant at ArtSee, Barnes Foundation

Together, the students and volunteers from the Barnes’ ArtSee Program analyzed the portraits in the galleries. The students were also provided with adapted reproductions of paintings with touch components so that they could experience the details and compositions of the paintings. After the tour, the students took to the art room to create their own family spaces out of clay and paper, emulating details from the master paintings.


Music makes me feel great and peppy. It puts me in a good mood!

— Josh Bancroft, Client and audience member at LiveConnections Encore event