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Registration is open for the "Animation Gets Real Miami 2018" summer camp for teens and young adults with autism and related disabilities

Presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Public Library System and VSA Florida

MIAMI (June 01, 2018)

Registration is now open for the “Animation Gets Real Miami 2018” summer camp for teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.  The program explores the exciting world of animation and filmmaking as students learn real life skills, including:  animation, writing and editing, storyboarding, and music making.  

“Animation Gets Real” will be held June 18 – June 22, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Public Library System's North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

The program is appropriate for students ages 13-22 with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities who are able to follow instructions, communicate independently and participate in a group setting.  The session is limited to 30 participants.

To register, applicants must complete the online registration form at http://www.miamidadearts.org/content/animation-gets-real-registration-form by the deadline date and submit payment in full for each student participating in the program. The fee is $100 for Miami-Dade County residents and $400 for non-residents. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submitting a registration form does not guarantee a spot in the program.  Priority is given to Miami-Dade County residents.  All registration forms must be received by Monday, June 4, 2018 for priority consideration.  

For more information, contact Francine Andersen, 305-375-5024, fran@miamidade.gov or visit Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs “Animation Gets Real” at http://www.miamidadearts.org/education/vsa-florida-animation-gets-real-summer-camp.

The program is presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs “All Kids Included” initiative in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System and VSA Florida.  All Kids Included (AKI) promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community so that kids of all abilities and their families can participate fully in the arts.

AKI is an initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department and is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, and in part through grant funding provided by The Children’s Trust.

For more information about AKI and its programs, visit:  www.AllKidsIncludedMiami.org.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

DANI BOWMAN, animator, author and entrepreneur will impart her animation skills while exuding enthusiastic inspiration to students with disabilities.  Dani has ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder and has been teaching animation for 7 years since she founded her company Powerlight Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

DR. CLINT RANDLES, Assistant Professor of Music Education at University of South Florida and a VSA Florida teaching artist in the Tampa Bay area, teaches iPad music, an innovative musical art form that can be adapted to everyone.  Dr. Randles teaches pre-service music teachers, works with local school districts, and conducts research on the place of creativity in the music curriculum.

ALL KIDS INCLUDED (AKI) promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community enabling kids of all abilities and their families to participate fully in the arts.  All Kids Included continually raises the bar with excellence in programming that demonstrates and promotes the benefit and importance of inclusionary arts and cultural programs for children and youth. All Kids Included is an initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and funded in part through a grant provided by The Children’s Trust.  The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.

ABOUT VSA FLORIDA:  A private not-for-profit organization, VSA FLORIDA (VSAFL) conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers; promotes the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through our artist registry, exhibitions, and performances; and increases access to the arts through professional development workshops.  VSA Florida is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network (a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.) and is headquartered at the David C. Anchin Center in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.  The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection.  The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community.