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12th Annual

Festival of Human Abilities

Celebrate the Creative Spirit of People with Disabilities

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its twelfth annual Festival of Human Abilities, a celebration highlighting the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities.

This event will feature wheelchair dance, live music, signing choirs, art demonstrations, accessible SCUBA diving demonstrations, storytelling, interactive workshops, and other creative performances by people who have disabilities. Sign language interpreters will be present at all major shows and an audio tour is available for those who are blind.

Festival Programming

Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. All-Abilities Dance – A program of Bethune Theatredanse* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 10:40 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 11:00 a.m. “Imagine the Possibilities: Learning to Fly Through SCUBA” – Jim Elliott of Diveheart* / Ocean Theater
  • 11:45 a.m. ARC Handbell Choir* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 12:00 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott* / Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor
  • 12:35 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 1:50 p.m Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – Walk and Roll Dance Team* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 3:00 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott* / Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor
  • 3:10 p.m. Classical Guitar – Dat Nguyen* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 4:30 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Save a Soul featuring Auti Angel & DJ Stretch Boogie* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 5:50 p.m. American Sign Language Song Performance - Zendrea Mitchell* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 6:30 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Otis Smith, Mike “Ice Man” Rivera, and Homeland Crew* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 7:30 p.m. Music performance – Per Se*/ Honda Blue Cavern

SUNDAY

  • 10:00 a.m. Cello Performance by Adam Walden* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 10:40 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir * / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 11:00 a.m. “Imagine the Possibilities: Learning to Fly Through SCUBA” – Jim Elliott of Diveheart* / Ocean Theater
  • 11:45 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 12:00 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott* / Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor
  • 12:35 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 1:50 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – Walk and Roll Dance Team* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 3:00 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott* / Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor
  • 3:10 p.m. Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award honoring Tommy Hollenstein* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 4:30 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Save a Soul featuring Auti Angel & DJ Stretch Boogie*/ Honda Blue Cavern
  • 6:30 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Otis Smith, Mike “Ice Man” Rivera, and Homeland Crew* / Honda Blue Cavern
  • 7:30 p.m. Music Performance – Nick Guzman* / Honda Blue Cavern

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

Demonstrations & Exhibits / Great Hall

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • Art Display and Demonstration by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • Art Display by Arts and Services for Disabled
  • Art Display by Paintings by Michael Jr
  • Hats and Music CDs by Charles Whitehead of Per Se
  • Colours Wheelchairs
  • Accessible SCUBA Program by Diveheart
  • Community Resource Table

SATURDAY ONLY

  • Service Animal Display by Canine Companions for Independence
  • All-Abilities Dance – A program of Bethune Theatredanse
  • LBUSD Adult Community Transition Program

SUNDAY ONLY

  • Interactive Art with Dani Bowman and Powerlight Animation Studios
  • Unification of Disabled Latin Americans
  • Celebrate Abilities Now CAN Summer Camp

FREE classes

by artists with and without disabilities. Classes are for all ages and abilities. Each class will be 30-45 minutes in length. All classes are located at the Watershed Classroom except Painting with Wheelchair Wheels, which is located in our Boeing Learning Center. Space is limited. Sign up at the class entrance. To locate classrooms, see map or inquire at information desk for assistance.

Saturday

  • 10:30 a.m. Drumming circle - Arts and Services for Disabled
  • 11:30 a.m. Hip Hop dancing – Walk and Roll Dance Team
  • 12:30 p.m. Dancing – All-Abilities Dance – A program of Bethune Theatredanse – featuring Robin Olive
  • 1:30 p.m. Singing in sign language - Love in Motion Signing Choir
  • 3:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, whose credits include dancing with Ludacris
  • 3:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
  • 4:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
  • 5:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing - Otis Smith, Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew

Sunday

  • 10:30 a.m. Decorative hat painting - artist Michael Seal Jr.
  • 12:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Walk and Roll Dance Team
  • 1:00 p.m. Singing in sign language - Love in Motion Signing Choir
  • 1:30 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
  • 3:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, whose credits include dancing with Ludacris
  • 4:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
  • 5:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing - Otis Smith, Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew

Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern / Sunday, 3:10 p.m. Honoring Tommy Hollenstein

Event Information
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Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Tickets Members get in free. Simply show your card at the entrance.
Not a member? General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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Please visit the Information Desk for assistance or more information on the following:

  • Sign language interpreters will be available at major shows and gallery videos are closed captioned. Scripts for all major shows are available for checkout.
  • Free Audio Tours are available for checkout for people who have a visual disability.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours are fully accessible.
  • Extra elevators are available on request.
  • Assistance Dog Relief area is located outside the front of the Aquarium.
  • A detailed map of the Festival of Human Abilities events and services is available at the information desk

Special thanks to Gloria Williams for coordinating signing interpreters.

In loving memory of

Glenn McIntyre Zina Bethune Olivia Niro