See the Music, Hear the Art!

In October, SATORI played a classical music concert for an audience who couldn’t hear it – and it was wonderful. SATORI is participating in the Arts & Access initiative of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, a yearlong celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, seen through the lens of the arts.… Continue reading See the Music, Hear the Art!

With a Song in Her Heart

Donna Yasenchok likes to sing so much she is a member of five different choral groups -- and they’re happy to have her: She has a desirable alto-soprano vocal range that would be the envy of choral singers anywhere. But from birth, Donna was challenged with cataracts in both eyes and, despite several operations, the… Continue reading With a Song in Her Heart

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Recognizes the Unique Needs of Injured Artists

A dancer warms up with barre exercises and observes her form in the floor to ceiling mirrors. Nearby in the soundproof music room, a musician strums his guitar. These two performers have more in common than just a passion for the arts. They are both benefiting from the specialized care that is available at Good… Continue reading Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Recognizes the Unique Needs of Injured Artists

Disabilities Don’t Define Who People Are

One characteristic cannot sum up who anyone is and America has been making great strides in accepting people regardless of their race, sexual orientation and disability if they have one. “It used to be that the disability made up the person, but now it’s just something that’s a part of them,” says Roseann Damico Schatkowski,… Continue reading Disabilities Don’t Define Who People Are

Pledging on

What a phenomenal launch of the Arts & Access celebration this weekend!  More than 150 proud celebrants attended the launch party at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center last Friday, while two local theatrical performances accommodating people with visual and hearing loss, both “Rapunzel” and “Hello Dolly,”  sold out! After nearly eighteen months in development,… Continue reading Pledging on

Increased access to arts essential for communities

A father wrote a note last summer for the sensory-friendly performance of "Gruff!" attended by his child with autism. He thanked Muhlenberg College Summer Theatre for the effort to understand the daily challenges faced by families like his. "Our son may not have the chance to do so many things in life that others do,"… Continue reading Increased access to arts essential for communities

Peg Isett McCormack, May / June Featured Artist

A few months ago, a new business membership arrived for an art studio called Folkwerks, and as I do with any new member, I immediately jumped on their website to learn more about what they do. What I found was wonderful painting workshops offered by internationally known masters, sometimes spanning over many days so the… Continue reading Peg Isett McCormack, May / June Featured Artist