Aquarium of the Pacific Giveaway – Festival of Human Abilities
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s 15th Annual Festival of Human Abilities is happening January 27th and 28th and you won’t want to miss it. The Festival of Human Abilities celebrates the “creative abilities of people with disabilities.” Aquarium visitors will see hip-hop wheelchair dancers, a sign language choir, musical performers and other artists.
We are giving a family 4-pack of tickets to the Festival! All you have to do enter is sign up for our Weekly Newsletter of Fun Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids and leave a comment before 5 p.m. January 24th, 2018 that you signed up or that you already get our newsletter. Tickets to the festival include aquarium admission. Transportation is not included.
The Festival runs from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th at the Aquarium. Along with music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Cody Unser First Step Foundation will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport.
Families will also enjoy creative workshop classes where they can learn to sing in sign language, create wheelchair art, paint a hat, and try hip-hop wheelchair dancing. All major programming will have sign language interpreters for guests who are deaf, and the Aquarium will provide visitor guides in braille and audio tours for guests who are blind.
The 2018 Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award Ceremonies will take place on Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday, January 27, at 2:30 p.m.
Honoree: Auti Angel
In 1992 Auti Angel, a professional dancer with a promising career, faced devastation when she experienced a life-threatening auto accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Returning to her first love of dance, she pioneered wheelchair hip-hop dancing worldwide and built a successful career in music and acting. Auti Angel inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences with her own life example of overcoming obstacles.
Sunday, January 28, at 2:30 p.m.
Honoree: Haben Girma
The first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Girma travels the world consulting and presenting lectures, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Girma is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She has been honored by President Obama and President Clinton for her disability rights advocacy.
For a schedule of events, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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