Celebrate the creative talents of people with disabilities at the Aquarium of the Pacific with a weekend of music, dance, art, and workshops

Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific / Pictured: Dat Nguyen

 The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to its twentieth annual Festival of Human Abilities, which celebrates the creative talents of people with disabilities, and takes place on the weekend of January 28 and 29. The festival includes live performances by dancers, musicians, and artists with disabilities who have honed their crafts using adaptive skills. For the first time since the pandemic, the festival will also include workshops where attendees can learn adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities.

During this event, the Aquarium will present its Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award to a member of the community. This festival will include sign language interpreters at all major programming. The Aquarium has quiet zones and KultureCity sensory bags available for guests with sensory needs. Aquarium visitor guides in braille and audio tours are also available.

A portion of a developing new audio description tour will be available in the Aquarium’s Northern Pacific gallery, which features sea otters, diving birds, and tidepool animals. All guests are encouraged to bring headphones to experience it and provide feedback to help inform the Aquarium as it continues the development of this program. This version of the audio tour is based on research conducted by The UniDescription Project and is optimized for use with smartphone devices.

Guests who would like closed captioning to accompany the multisensory film Designing Our Future in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater can use Moverio smart glasses provided by Epson, currently available in English and Spanish. In addition, guests who are deaf or blind can request Ultraleap devices, which use ultrasound waves to create the sensation of touch in mid-air, for use in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater. Shapes and movements that correspond to the film can be felt on the hand of the person using this device. The smart glasses, Ultraleap devices, sensory bags, Visitor Guides in braille, and audio tours can be checked out at the Aquarium’s Information Desk free of charge. The audio tour can also be downloaded for free from the Aquarium’s Visitor Guide mobile app.

WHEN:            Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 90802

COST:            Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three. Advanced online reservations are required.

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/festival_of_human_abilities/

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

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