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Actors with developmental and intellectual disabilities to perform original Valentine's Day-themed dance-musical, "Love Is", presented by Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services

Free admission and show time is 4 p.m., Wed., Feb. 10, at the Leisure Access Center at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park

MIAMI (February 03, 2016)

Just days before the official Valentine’s Day celebration, a time set aside for expressions of love and friendship of another, “Love Is” comes our way in the form of a sweet and thought-provoking, original dance-musical featuring talented and creative actors with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The production taking place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Leisure Access Center at A. D. “Doug” Barnes Park is a presentation of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Disability Services Division in conjunction with resident artists Gladys Ramirez of the Miami Theater Center (MTC) and choreographer Ana Miranda.  All are invited and admission is free.

The activity is being sponsored by an “In Park Series” grant, for the fiscal year 2015-2016, from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The endeavor focuses on enhancing the well-being of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who take part in the Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services program.

In October 2015, the Leisure Access Center was awarded the In Park Series grant in the amount of $5,625 to create a theatrical production for a public audience. 

The participants led by the local teaching artists in collaboration with the Leisure Access Center staff were provided the theme “The Many Facets of Love” and then used their own experiences and ideas to create a fun and lively show, conceptualizing their own costumes, scenes, character relationships and dialogue. The preparations for the production began in October.

“This multi-disciplinary arts program focuses on the actors’ abilities rather than their disabilities and this is such a rewarding experience for everyone involved,” said Gisel Prado, a recreation therapist with the Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services Division. “Through this program, they are gaining self-confidence and developing social skills, work ethic and other life skills that will help them to lead full and productive lives as active members of their community.”

The Leisure Access Center at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park is located at 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami.   For more information, call 305-665-5319 or email [email protected]

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.