All Kids Included (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, 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 arts activities, book giveaways, food vendors, and more.
“We are so thankful 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” stated Annie Hoffman, Education and Outreach Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. “This is a great event where everyone can come out and have a fun day together and be reminded of the arts power to connect us all.”
The event features two in-person performances by Manual Cinema of Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster, which is adapted from award-winning children’s author Mo Willems’ books and includes music, immersive sound, DIY cinema, and projection. The Family Arts Festival will also highlight multimedia artist Jen Clay’s “Soft Sanity,” which incorporates 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. Also featured is a fun didgeridoo and percussive instrument activity with local musician Michael Gil as well as American Sign Language storytelling by John Paul Jebian.
All Kids Included provides a wide range of accommodations to help make the arts accessible to every child and family member attending the festival. The event utilizes access technology and accommodations such as sensory inclusive performances, a quiet room, a social narrative, ASL interpretation, assistive listening, large print, Braille, and Audio Description.
The Family Arts Festival will also feature an art exhibit featuring original artwork created by children in grades Pre-K through 12 inspired by The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson, a National Book Award Winner, and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López. Students were asked to read the book and address themes of inclusion, diversity, courage, and acceptance through their artwork. The winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony at the event.
The Family Arts Festival is co-presented with Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with support from The Children’s Trust.
For more information about the event, please visit https://smdcac.org/events/all-kids-included-aki-family-arts-festival-2022.
About All Kids Included
The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival was developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its “All Kids Included Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids” (AKI) program. AKI is an initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and in part through grant funding provided by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.
About the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at www.smdcac.org.
It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, CART, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
About Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity, access and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting equitable opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Joseph Caleb Auditorium, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Florida Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium, and the Tourist Development Council.