The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU invites all families, especially children with special needs, to All Kids Included – Arts For All, an Accessible Arts Experience. The community art-happening is free and open to the public on Saturday, April 4 from 10am – 2pm. The family fun day, led by Zot Artz, opens up a whole new world of inclusive art-making with specially designed attachments for wheelchairs and other art-making adaptive tools created for children with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and other disabilities.
The program helps children develop motor skills, concentration, social interaction and self esteem. Families will create life-changing, experiential artworks together in playful environments.
Free Family Fun Day (Saturday, April 4, 10am-2pm)
Watch a video about this innovative art-making experience here …
All tools and materials for kids to use at the event are free for the day, and include fun experiences such as the Super Squirt (a switch-activated liquid paintbrush that attaches to wheelchairs and propels paint 10-15 feet in front of the user onto giant murals on the floor and the walls), the Art Roller (enabling kids to roll paint through an enormous field of color), the Pogo Paint Poles, and the Chalk Walk and Roll. (See examples of these adaptive tools here).
“All year long, our education programs are designed to nurture and increase each participant’s knowledge of art, honoring our mission to serve art lovers of all ages, means and backgrounds including the culturally diverse FIU community, residents and visitors,” adds Dr. Pomeroy.
Other children and adults with disabilities lived in the home, and Szot observed and respected the special challenges they faced. He credits that experience for giving him the courage and motivation to create the “painting wheelchair” to help children with disabilities create art.
Originally, as an artist and engineer, he designed and built machines that he used to apply color to huge surfaces including building walls, roofs, and even a frozen lake.
Having studied how a machine could extend his own ability to make a mark, and remembering his foster siblings’ struggles, Szot was inspired to create a mechanical device that would serve to also extend a disabled person’s ability to make a mark.
There will be segments on accommodation/modification of techniques to adapt content for children and youth with disabilities. The workshop will feature Zot Artz and Jeff Deen’s Drumming for Wellness. For more information/to register, contact Dia Carter Webb at Arts for Learning: 305-576-1212 or dia@a4Lmiami.org.