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SMDCAC Hosts Free All Kids Included Family Arts Festival

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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will present the 8th Annual free All Kids Included Family Arts Festival – Creating Harmony Through Diversity! for children and families on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the SMDCAC, located at 10950 SW 211 Street, in Cutler Bay. The festival is geared toward families with kids with and without disabilities.

Highlights of the 2014 All Kids Included Festival include: Sensory-friendly main stage performances by family-friendly hip hop with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and Live in Color; and comic relief with Page Turner Adventures. Main stage shows will offer accessible accommodations for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The theater will provide modifications to sound and lighting, noise canceling headsets, a quiet room and a special pre-show guide to prepare new audiences for a live theatre experience. The pre-show guide can be found online.

Culture Shock Miami, the $5 arts ticket program for ages 13-22, will host an outdoor stage with performances by: Sons of Mystro; Bel Air Elementary School Drum Line; 21st Century Steel Band; and The Rodiles band. For more information on Culture Shock visit CultureShockMiami.com.

Also featured as part of the festival are inclusive art projects from Arts for Learning; “Zot Artz-Arts for All” adaptive painting and printmaking with Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.

Other performances during the festival include: Greater Miami Youth Symphony; the “Amazing Mr. A” Magic Show; Wholesome Harmonies Music Therapy; Storytelling with Melinda Munger; “Monumental Paper Chain” community project in conjunction with El Anatsui art exhibition at Bass Museum of Art; Drumming for Wellness with Jeff Deen; John Paul Jebian, American Sign Language Storyteller; Karen Peterson and Dancers; Miami Children’s Hospital/Kohl’s Cares Bike Helmet Safety Program; Miss Vilma’s Dance Studio; Thomas Armour Youth Ballet Tap Team; Gigi’s Dance Academy Salsa; Fantasy Theatre presents “Fantasy Stew.”

A special exhibition of the AKI Festival’s fourth district-wide student art competition winners will also be on display.

The festival will also feature: a give-away of a children’s book titled The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf; fun food; Polar Bear Slide; rock wall; strolling entertainers; costumed characters; balloon artists; and face painters. Kohl’s Department Store and Miami Children’s Hospital will be giving away bike helmets.

Parents and guardians can also learn about great community resources, such as Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, Exceptional Student Education & Student Support Center/FDLRS, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade County/Monroe County, Division of Blind Services, Waving Hands, STARS School for Autism and other organizations will be on hand to offer valuable information, in-person assistance, support and literature.

AKI is an 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, call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.

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