‘All Kids Included Family Arts Festival’ scheduled on May 4

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 seventh annual free“All Kids Included Family Arts Festival — Magical Me!” for children and families of all abilities on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay.

“All Kids Included (AKI)” is an innovative, interdisciplinary community arts festival for children with or without disabilities, created with funding from The Children’s Trust and produced in partnership with Arts for Learning and VSA Florida, and with the support of Miami- Dade County Public Schools. For information the public can call 786-573-5316 or visit www.smdcac.org

Special highlights of the 2013 All Kids Included Festival include: Sensory- Friendly main stage performances by Spencers Theatre of Illusion, a spectacular large scale magic show; and Page Turner Adventures with Riley Roam as the “World Famous Storyologist” and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey as her bumbling assistant.

The main stage shows will offer accessible accommodations for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The theater will provide modifications to sound and lighting, noise canceling headsets, a quiet room and a special pre-show guide to preparing new audiences for a live theater experience.

Also featured as part of the festival are inclusive art projects from Arts for Learning, and glow in the dark “Zot Artz- Arts for All” adaptive painting and printmaking with special guest artist/inventor Dwayne Szot and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.

Culture Shock Miami, the $5 arts ticket program for ages 13-22, will program a fun outdoor stage with performances by: Nuttin’ Butta Sandwich children’s band; Teen DJs from PATH (Preserving, Archiving, & Teaching Hip Hop Inc.); 21st Century Steel Band; Delou African Dance Ensemble, and local schools and performing arts groups.

Other performances during the festival include: JohnPaul Jebian, American Sign Language Storyteller; Miami-Dade County Public Library Storytellers; Greater Miami Youth Symphony; Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, Dance-A-Story; The “Amazing Mr. A” Magic Show; Drumming for Wellness with Jeff Dean; Karen Peterson And Dancers; and more.

A special exhibition of the All Kids Included festival’s fourth district-wide student art competition winners also will be on display.

The festival also will feature: a giveaway of a children’s book titled Only One You by Linda Kranz, fun food, Saber Tooth Slide, rock wall, strolling entertainers, costumed characters, balloon artists and face painters.

In addition, many great community resources such as Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) will be on hand for families offering valuable information, in-person assistance, support and literature.

Volunteers for the event are welcome. To volunteers, contact volunteer@smdcac.org or 786-573-5301.

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