South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center hosts AKI’s free event for children with and without disabilities
All Kids Inclusive (AKI) announces its 16th annual Family Arts Festival, a free multidisciplinary community arts event for children and families with and without disabilities on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
The event, to be held at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) in Cutler Bay from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature live performances, interactive art activities, books, food vendors, and more.
“We are so grateful to our partners, friends and sponsors for supporting our shared mission to help children of all abilities access and enjoy all that the arts have to offer,” said Annie Hoffman, Head of Art. Miami-Dade Cultural Education and Outreach. Art Center.
“It’s a great event where everyone can come out and have a fun day together and remember the power of the arts to connect us all.”
The event includes two in-person performances by Manual Cinema of Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster, which is adapted from the books by award-winning children’s author Mo Willems and includes music, immersive sound, DIY cinema and screenings.
The Family Arts Festival will also highlight “Soft Sanity” by multimedia artist Jen Clay, which incorporates a video and an interactive textile installation, presented with a soundscape developed by Richard Vergez.
There will be performances by Children’s Voice Chorus, Ballet at the Park and African Watoto. A fun didgeridoo and percussion activity with local musician Michael Gil and American Sign Language storytelling by John Paul Jebian are also featured.
All Kids Included offers a wide range of accommodation to help make the arts accessible to every child and family member attending the festival. The event uses access technologies and amenities such as inclusive sensory performance, silence room, social storytelling, ASL interpretation, assisted listening, large print, braille and audio description.
The Family Arts Festival will also feature an art exhibit featuring original artwork created by K-12 children inspired by The Day You Begin, by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Rafael winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. Lopez.
Students were invited to read the book and address the themes of inclusion, diversity, courage and acceptance through their works. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the event.
The Family Arts Festival is co-presented with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with support from The Children’s Trust.
For more information about the event, visit SMDCAC.