South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding and support from The Children’s Trust, present the 10th annual free All Kids Included Family Arts Festival for children and families of all abilities on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay.
The All Kids Included (AKI) Family Arts Festival is presented annually as a free innovative, multidisciplinary community arts festival for children and families with and without disabilities, and features a district-wide student art competition, inclusive student field trips to the festival, arts-infused teacher trainings, and a fun-filled community festival day featuring interactive arts activities, live performances, giveaways, and community resources for parents.
Each component of the AKI Festival is designed to be fully inclusive, utilizing access technology and offering accommodations such as ASL interpretation, assistive listening, large print, Braille, sighted guides, and Sensory-Friendly programs.
For information the public can call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.
Special highlights of the 2016 All Kids Included Festival include: Sensory-Friendly main stage performances of Big Bad Wolf by Australia’s award-winning Windmill Theatre; special guest appearance by Alan Rabinowitz, author of A Boy and a Jaguar; ASL storytelling from Waving Hands; Zot Artz – Arts for All adaptive painting and print making; inclusive artmaking with Arts for Learning; performances by deaf magician Magic Morgan; The Motivational Edge; The Children’s Voice, and Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band.
The main stage shows will offer accessible accommodations for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The theater will provide an accepting and inclusive environment, modifications to sound and lighting, noise canceling headsets, a quiet room and the Going to the Show guide to preparing new audiences for a live theatre experience.
Going to the Show can be found online at www.miamidadearts.org/education/going-show.
Culture Shock Miami, the $5 arts ticket program for students ages 13-22, will program a fun outdoor stage with performances by The Rodiles, Cutler Bay Sr High “SharkPAC,” and other exciting community performers. For more information about Culture Shock visit cultureshockmiami.com.
Other performances throughout the day include: Greater Miami Youth Symphony; Drumming for Wellness with Jeff Deen; Karen Peterson and Dancers mixed ability dance; Guitars Over Guns; Thomas Armour Youth Ballet; Miss Vilma’s Dance Studio and more!
A special exhibition of the All Kids Included annual district-wide student art competition winners will be on display.
The festival will feature: free book giveaway of the children’s illustrated book A Boy and a Jaguar (while they last), fun food, a rock climbing wall, costumed characters, face painters, and a free bike helmet fitting and giveaway by Kohl’s Cares Childhood Injury Prevention Program sponsored by Miami Children’s Hospital (while they last).
In addition, many great community resources such as: Arts for Learning; CCDH; Exceptional Student Education and Student Support Center; History Miami; Miami-Dade Public Library Systems; STARS Autism School, Waving Hands, and others.
Volunteers for the event are welcome. To volunteer send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-573-5301.
The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is designed to be inclusive for children and families of all abilities. The facility is accessible; assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, sighted guides, and large print and Braille program information will be available. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, guests may contact Stephanie Aponte 786-573-5314 or email@example.com at least five days in advance to initiate their request. TYY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
For more information about AKI and all its programs visit www.AllKidsIncludedMiami.org.