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All Kids Included Festival

12th annual "All Kids Included Family Arts Festival" will feature deaf American jazz and pop singer Mandy Harvey from "America's Got Talent" on May 5, 2018

Free event presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with the support from The Children's Trust
MIAMI (April 09, 2018) — 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 12th annual and free "All Kids Included Family Arts Festival" for children and families of all abilities on Saturday, May 5 from 10am-4pm, at the SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.

The "All Kids Included Family Arts Festival" is presented annually as an 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 Festival is designed to be fully inclusive, utilizing access technology and offering accommodations such as ASL interpretation, assistive listening, large print, Braille, and Sensory-Friendly programs. For information the public can call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.

Special highlights of the 2018 "All Kids Included Festival" include: Sensory-Friendly main stage production of The Gruffalo, adapted from the acclaimed children’s book and performances by Mandy Harvey, a deaf American jazz and pop singer/songwriter and star of “America’s Got Talent.” The festival will also feature ASL storytelling by Waving Hands; Zot Artz – Arts for All adaptive painting and print making; performances by The Children’s Voice Chorus; Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Ballet at the Park, 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.

Other performances throughout the day include: Didgeridoo Fun with Jared Bistrong; Drumming for Wellness with Jeff Deen; Guitars Over Guns; Thomas Armour Youth Ballet; DJ Trooklyn with Teen DJ guests DJ Panda Flo, DJ Massacro and DJ Cairoben; African Watoto Dance Theater; Cutler Bay Senior High School’s SharkPAC 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, "We’re All Wonders" (limit one book per family, while supplies last), fun food, rock climbing wall, and face painters.

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.

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. For more information about AKI and all its programs visit www.AllKidsIncludedMiami.org

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.

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any County-sponsored program or meeting, please call Francine Andersen, 305-375-5024 or email, fran@miamidade.gov, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

Thursday, April 5, 7:45am