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Aquarium’s 15th Annual Festival of Human Abilities Features Performances and Free Art Classes

Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of January 27-28, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations.

Tommy Hollenstein wheelchair artist creating art with his wheelchair

December 7, 2017

At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip hop wheelchair dancers, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists.

Along with these 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.

A variety of free creative workshop classes will be held on site, lasting thirty to forty-five minutes per session. Participants will have the opportunity to 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, and the Aquarium will provide audio tours for guests who are blind.

When: Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Cost: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free to kids age three and under and members

Sponsor: Marriott Long Beach

Info: (562) 590-3100 or event page