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(MIAMI, April, 2017) – 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 11th Annual FREE All Kids Included Family Arts Festival for children and families of all abilities on Saturday, May 6 from 10am-4pm, at SMDCAC located at 10950 SW 211 Street, 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 2017 All Kids Included Festival include: Sensory-Friendly main stage performances  by  Magic Morgan and Miami Childrens Theater’s Beauty and the Beast, ASL storytelling by Waving Hands; Zot Artz – Arts for All adaptive painting and print making; and performances by The Children’s Voice Chorus; Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band and Area Stage’s Inclusive Theater Program.

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 http://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. 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 also be on display.

The festival will feature: a free book giveaway of the children’s illustrated book, Firebird by ballet dancer Misty Copeland (limit one book per family, while supplies last), fun food, a rock climbing wall, 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 supplies last).

In addition, many great community resources such as:  Arts for Learning; Exceptional Student Education and Student Support Center; History Miami; Miami-Dade Public Library Systems; S.T.A.R.S. Autism School, Waving Hands, and others.

Volunteers for the event are welcome! To volunteers please contact volunteer@smdcac.org or 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 saponte@miamidade.gov 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

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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.

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About the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.  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 South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. 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 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, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight 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.

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