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17th 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 seventeenth 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 AM Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company
10:40 AM Love in Motion Signing Choir
11:00 AM Multimedia Presentation on Adaptive SCUBA – Cody Unser
10:45 AM Love in Motion Signing Choir
12:20 PM Hip Hop dance - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera and Homeland Crew
12:30 PM Service Dog Demonstration – Canine Companions for Independence
12:55:00 PM Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – The Rollettes
1:30 PM Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration - Cody Unser
1:40 PM American Sign Language Musical Performance - Zendrea Mitchell
2:30 PM Hip Hop Music Performance – Auti Angel
3:10 PM Classical Guitar Performance – Dat Nguyen
4:00 PM Music performance – Per Se
4:00 PM Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration
SUNDAY
10:00 AM Mariachi singing performance by Guillermo Gomez
10:40 AM Dance performance by Straight Up Abilities
11:00 AM Multimedia Presentation on Adaptive SCUBA – Cody Unser
11:45 AM Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company
12:20 PM Hip Hop Wheelchair Dance – The Rollettes
12:55 PM American Sign Language Musical Performance - Zendrea Mitchell
1:30 PM Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration - Cody Unser
1:40 PM Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award honoring Dani Bowman
2:30 PM Hip Hop dance - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera and Homeland Crew
3:10 PM Hip Hop Music Performance – Auti Angel
4:00 PM Music performance – Per Se
4:15 PM Adaptive SCUBA diving demonstration

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 Michael Seale, Jr.
  • Colours Wheelchairs
  • Easter Seals Craft
  • Community Resource Table

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

SUNDAY ONLY

  • Accessible Dance Program by Straight Up Abilities
  • Interactive Art with Dani Bowman and Danimation Entertainment

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 the Member Services Desk for assistance.

Saturday
9:30 AM Decorative hat painting - artist Michael Seale Jr
11:40 AM Hip Hop dancing – The Rollettes wheelchair dance team
1:00 PM Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, wheelchair dancer
2:00 PM Singing in sign language - Love in Motion Signing Choir
3:00 PM Hip Hop dancing - Mike “Ice Man” Rivera, and Homeland Crew
3:00 PM Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
4:00 PM Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
Sunday
9:30 AM Animation – artist Dani Bowman
11:30 AM Hip Hop dancing – Mike “Ice Man” Rivera, and Homeland Crew
12:30 PM Dancing – Straight Up Abilities featuring Robin Olive
1:30 PM Hip Hop dancing – Auti Angel, wheelchair dancer
2:30 PM Hip Hop dancing – The Rollettes wheelchair dance team
3:00 PM Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein
4:00 PM Painting with wheelchair wheels - artist Tommy Hollenstein

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