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16th Annual

Festival of Human Abilities

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Celebrate the Creative Spirit of People with Disabilities

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its sixteenth 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, sign language choirs, art demonstrations, and accessible SCUBA diving demonstrations. Participate in free classes led by people who have disabilities. Sign language interpreters will be present at all major shows, and an audio tour and a visitor guide in Braille are available for those who are blind.

SATURDAY
10:00 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir
10:40 a.m. Love in Motion Signing Choir
11:00 a.m. Imagine the Possibilities: Learning to Fly Through SCUBA – Jim Elliott of Diveheart
11:45 a.m. ARC Handbell Choir
12:20 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – The Rollettes
12:30 p.m. Service Dog Demonstration – Canine Companions for Independence
12:55 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee
1:30 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott
1:40 p.m. Infinite Flow Wheelchair Dance
2:30 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Auti Angel
3:10 p.m. Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award honoring Dat Nguyen and Classical Guitar Performance – Dat Nguyen
3:30 p.m. Maori Poi Balls – Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
4:00 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera and Homeland Crew
4:15 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott
SUNDAY
10:00 a.m. Micronesian Chamorro Cultural Modern presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
10:00 a.m. Mariachi singing performance by Guillermo Gomez
10:40 a.m. Dance performance by Straight Up Abilities
11:00 a.m. Imagine the Possibilities: Learning to Fly Through SCUBA – Jim Elliott of Diveheart
11:45 a.m. Music performance – Per Se
12:20 p.m. Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – The Rollettes
12:55 p.m. Hip Hop dance - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera and Homeland Crew
1:30 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott
1:40 p.m. Music and Dance Performance – Kodi Lee
2:30 p.m. Classical Guitar Performance – Dat Nguyen
3:10 p.m. Hip Hop Music Performance – Auti Angel
4:00 p.m. Music performance - Zendrea Mitchell
4:15 p.m. Underwater Adaptive Dive Presentation by Diveheart Founder Jim Elliott

Demonstrations & Activities / Great Hall / Saturday & Sunday

Art Display and Demonstration by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Art Display by Michael Seale, Jr.
Hats and Music CDs by Charles Whitehead of Per Se
Colours Wheelchairs
Diveheart
Community Resource Table

Demonstrations & Activities / Great Hall / Saturday Only

Service Animal Display by Canine Companions for Independence
Unification of Disabled Latin Americans
City of Long Beach Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities

Demonstrations & Activities / Great Hall / Sunday Only

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

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

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 Premier Watershed Classroom except Painting with Wheelchair Wheels, which is located in our Learning Center. Space is limited. Sign up at the class entrance. To locate classrooms, see map or inquire at information desk for assistance.

SATURDAY

  • 11:00 a.m. Hip Hop dancing – The Rollettes wheelchair dance team
  • 11:40 a.m. Hip Hop dancing – Infinite Flow Wheelchair Wheelchair Dance
  • 1:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, wheelchair dancer
  • 2:00 p.m. Singing in sign language - Love in Motion Signing Choir
  • 3:00 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew
  • 4:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein

SUNDAY

  • 9:30 a.m. Decorative hat painting - artist Michael Seale Jr.
  • 11:30 a.m. Hip Hop dancing - Mike ‘Ice Man’ Rivera, and Homeland Crew
  • 12:30 p.m. Dancing – Straight Up Abilities featuring Robin Olive
  • 1:30 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, wheelchair dancer
  • 2:30 p.m. Hip Hop dancing – The Rollettes wheelchair dance team
  • 3:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
  • 4:00 p.m. Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein

SATURDAY 3:10 P.M.

GLENN MCINTYRE HERITAGE AWARD PRESENTATION / Honda Blue Cavern Honoring Dat Nguyen

Special thanks to Gloria Williams for coordinating signing interpreters.

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