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For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miaidade.gov
305-755-7842



Family Festival of Arts & Games for Children with Disabilities Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Participants will learn to express their creative side with adaptive arts, music & games

 


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) and Creative Children Therapy host the 8th Annual Family Festival of Arts and Games at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park for children with disabilities and their families on Saturday, February 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Kendall Indian Hammocks Park is located at 11395 SW 79 St., in Miami.

The event is for children enrolled in MDPR's Disability Services Program and Creative Children Therapy Program, and their families, and will feature music, games, singing, and 'Zot Artz-Arts for All,' adaptive painting and printmaking activities facilitated by internationally recognized artist and inventor Dwayne Szot.  Participants will learn to roll out paint and draw with chalk, all while working on mobility skills and coordination through creative expression.  Children with and without disabilities will have the opportunity to work together to create beautiful works of art. The 'Zot Artz-Arts for All' activities are presented as part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' All Kids Included - Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids (AKI) initiative, made possible through grant funding provided by The Children's Trust.

For more information, call MDPR Disability Services at 305-365-6706, or Regina Orfila at Creative Children Therapy at 305-760-6570.

About Zot Artz-Arts for All
Zot Artz-Arts for All is presented as part of the All Kids Included - Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids (AKI) program. AKI, an initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, made possible through grant funding provided by The Children's Trust.  Zot Art is a series of tools specifically developed by Dwayne Szot to allow persons with the most severe disabilities to create art.  Zot Art tools are one-of-a-kind products that offer individuals of all challenges an opportunity for creative expression through arts and mobility.  Art tools are designed so participants with limited movement or lack of fine motor skills can be successful creating, painting, drawing, printing and more. 

About Creative Children Therapy (CCT)
CCT is a non-profit organization enhancing the quality of life of children with special needs and their families incorporating a holistic, team-oriented approach.  We provide high-quality pediatric therapy services in conjunction with alternative therapies including physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy as well as music therapy, massage therapy, hippotherapy, and craniosacral therapy. In addition, CCT strives to establish and continually develop programs that encourage children to actively explore new interests and broaden their involvement in the community.  Programs include flamenco, SPARK fitness, Art, crafts, culinary arts, ceramics, photography, orchestra, MAAS (Music and Art for Autism in the Schools), handwriting, Orchestra, Mommy & Me, A.R.T.(Artistic Realization Technologies), camps and therapeutic riding all fostering inclusion.

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.


 
Who: The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)

What:8th Annual Family Festival of Arts & Games for Children with Disabilities & Their Families …hosted by Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services and Creative Children Therapy

When: February 26, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where:Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (Shelters 1 & 2)



 

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