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13th Annual

Festival of Human Abilities

Celebrate the Creative Spirit of People with Disabilities

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its thirteenth 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, 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 Entertainment Schedule

SATURDAY

10:00 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir
10:40 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir
11:00 a.m. Multimedia Presentation on Adaptive SCUBA – Cody Unser
11:45 a.m. ARC Handbell Choir
12:00 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration - Cody Unser
12:20 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – Walk and Roll Dance Team
12:30 p.m. Service Dog Demonstration – Canine Companions for Independence
12:55 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee
1:40 p.m. Classical Guitar – Dat Nguyen
2:30 p.m. Music performance – Nick Guzman
3:00 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration – Cody Unser
3:10 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Save a Soul featuring Auti Angel & DJ Stretch Boogie
3:30 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Otis Smith, Mike “Ice Man” Rivera, and Homeland Crew
4:00 p.m. Music performance – Per Se

SUNDAY

10:00 a.m. Cello Performance by Adam Walden
10:40 a.m. Dance performance by Straight Up Abilities
11:00 a.m. Multimedia Presentation on Adaptive SCUBA – Cody Unser
11:45 a.m. Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award honoring Arts & Services for Disabled
12:00 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration - Cody Unser
12:20 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – Walk and Roll Dance Team
12:55 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee
1:40 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Otis Smith, Mike “Ice Man” Rivera, and Homeland Crew
2:30 p.m. Music performance – Nick Guzman
3:00 p.m. Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration – Cody Unser
3:10 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Save a Soul featuring Auti Angel & DJ Stretch Boogie
4:00 p.m. Music performance - Zendrea Mitchell

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.
Ocean Theater and Ocean Science Center—See monitors for shows and times.

Demonstrations & Exhibits / Great Hall

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • Art Display and Demonstration by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • Art Display by Arts & Services for Disabled
  • Art Display by Paintings by Michael Seale, Jr.
  • Hats and Music CDs by Charles Whitehead of Per Se
  • Colours Wheelchairs
  • Accessible SCUBA Program by Cody Unser First Step Foundation
  • Molina Healthcare Disability & Senior Access Services
  • Community Resource Table

SATURDAY ONLY

  • Service Animal Display by Canine Companions for Independence
  • Unification of Disabled Latin Americans

SUNDAY ONLY

  • Accessible Dance Program by Straight Up Abilities
  • Interactive Art with Dani Bowman and Powerlight Animation Studios

FREE classes by artists with and without disabilities

Space is limited, so please arrive early.
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

10:00 a.m. Drumming circle - Arts & Services for Disabled
11:00 a.m. Hip Hop dancing – Walk and Roll Dance Team
12:00 p.m. Singing in sign language - Love in Motion Signing Choir
1:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, whose credits include dancing with Ludacris
2:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing - Otis Smith, Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew
2:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
3:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein

Sunday

10:15 a.m. Decorative hat painting - artist Michael Seal Jr.
12:00 p.m. Dancing – Straight Up Abilities featuring Robin Olive
1:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, whose credits include dancing with Ludacris
2:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Walk and Roll Dance Team
2:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
3:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing - Otis Smith, Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew
3:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein

Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern Sunday, 11:45 a.m.
Honoring Arts & Services for Disabled


Special thanks to Gloria Williams for coordinating signing interpreters.

In loving memory of:

  • Glenn McIntyre
  • Zina Bethune
  • Olivia Niro
  • Ruben Rios
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