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Published on April 19, 2024
Miami's Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center to Host 18th Annual All Kids Included Family Arts FestivalSource: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Miami's cultural palate is set to get a splash of inclusion and creativity with the return of the All Kids Included (AKI) Family Arts Festival. Back for its 18th year, the festival will unfold its colorful canopy over the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center on May 4, inviting children and families from every walk of life to bask in a wide array of artistic endeavors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, firmly anchored in the Arts Energize 305 initiative, is all about diversity equity, and seeks to thread the needle of accessibility through the arts in underserved communities. "Our community is enriched by diversity and inclusion in our everyday lives," Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava waxed enthusiastic, "and I am committed to providing accessible arts programs in all areas of our County." The AKI festival, which swings open its doors to the public with zero cost, serves as a potent symbol of this commitment, according to a statement obtained by Miami-Dade County's press release.

Performances from the ILL-ABILITIES™ breakdance crew and South Florida Ballet are set to headline the day's performances, complementing an array of community offerings ranging from the moving beats of the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts to the storytelling rhythms of John Paul Jebian in American Sign Language. The festival's ensemble also boasts an art show spotlighting the creative works of students whose inspiring pieces vibrate with themes of inclusion, strength, and resilience.

Priming the grounds for an inclusive experience, the festival offers ASL interpretation, assistive listening, and a slew of other accommodations. Additionally, the senses will be spared from overwhelm with toned-down audio levels and the absence of flashy, eye-twitching strobe lights on the Main Stage. "Slight adjustments have been made, including reduced sound levels, no flashing or strobe lights, and minimal special effects," notes the county press release, allowing audiences of all sensitivities to enjoy the splendor unfettered.

Supported by titans like The Children's Trust and boasting amenities such as an inflatable obstacle course, rock climbing, and the virtual mental health journey "Eyes of the Skin", the AKI Festival is an all-comers affair. Details on performances, activities, and the enriching spread of community resources can be scavenged from the Miami-Dade County's official press release, which spills the beans on what to expect at The Moss Center that tantalizing Saturday.