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Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities

Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations. 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 Auti Angel, The Rollettes, Infinite Flow, a sign language choir, Kodi Lee, a singer who is blind and has autism, Dat Nguyen, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists.

Event at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Diveheart 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.

Painting from a wheel chair at the Aquarium of the Pacific

This year’s honoree will be Andrew Skinner. In August 2008, Andrew Skinner co-founded the Triumph Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals with spinal cord injury. Triumph Foundation promotes maximizing recovery & return of function through regular exercise, living a healthy lifestyle, focusing on independence, and keeping a positive attitude.

Through Triumph Foundation, Skinner has spent many volunteer hours mentoring and offering support to people with spinal cord injuries. The cornerstone of their outreach is giving newly injured people care baskets that are like tool-kits which provide information and resources about the many SCI support organizations, assistance programs, and activities.

Festival of Human Abilities

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Award ceremony: Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:45 a.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

GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to the festival by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner from the comments on February 27th. Good Luck!

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  1. We love Aquarium of the Pacific! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  2. We love the aquarium! It’s always so much fun!

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