) Embracing All Abilities Thru Art Festival at Hyatt Place, April 25-27
04/15/2014

The first annual Embracing All Abilities thru Art Festival features art and film that celebrate the human spirit and the creativity that abounds in all people regardless of their challenges.

Online PR News – 15-April-2014 – Medford, MA – Embracing All Abilities Thru Art Festival pushes the boundary of art. The festival is collaboration with the Medford Art Center Inc (MACI), Outside Lines, EMARC’s Center for Emerging Artists and the Medford Human Rights and Disability Commission.

Says Henry Milorin, an active member of the Commission, “Every human being has ability. This is a great opportunity for you to come to the exhibit and witness it. Join us in advancing this powerful agenda of progress for the community." Mike Oliver, president of MACI, adds, “The festival challenges our conventional notions of who can create art”

A highlight of the festival will be the screening of Raw Faith. Winner of the 2013 Newburyport documentary film festival, Raw Faith tells the story of the McKay family and the 88′, 300 ton galleon they built in Addison, ME. It’s the moving and tragic story of a ship, the family that built her and the personal mission to build a wheelchair accessible boat that was to provide free sailing adventures to groups which would normally be deterred from sailing. The filmmaker, Gregory Roscoe, will be on hand to discuss the making of the film.

The festival also features a series of short videos from My Great Story Video project by local filmmaker, Melanie McLaughlin

The schedule for the festival is as follows:
Friday, April 25 6-8 pm
Opening Reception: 6-8 pm
Program: 6:30 – 7 pm
Short films by Outside the Lines and EMARC
Saturday, April 26 12 noon – 9 pm
12 noon – 6 pm Arts and Craft exhibit
3- 5 pm – short films of siblings and parents of children with Down Syndrome sharing stories with special guests
7- 9 pm “Raw Faith” with a talk by Gregory Roscoe, filmmaker. “Raw Faith” is the story of the McKay family and the 88′, 300 ton galleon they built in Addison, ME. It’s the moving and tragic story of a ship, the family that built her and the personal mission to build a wheelchair accessible boat that was to provide free sailing adventures to groups which would normally be deterred from sailing.
Sunday, April 27 12 noon – 5 pm
12 noon – 5 pm Arts and Craft exhibit
3pm Autism, the Musical. This Emmy award winning documentary recounts six months in the 2005-06 lives of five autistic children in Los Angeles, California as they write and rehearse for an original stage production

About MACI
The Medford Arts Center, Incorporated (MACI) encourages and promotes the arts in Medford, Massachusetts through arts appreciation and education. A non-profit arts and artists' organization,
MACI provides support for Medford artists in the visual, performance, and written arts, and welcomes exhibiting artists, writers and those with an interest in supporting the arts to become a member
For more information on the Mystic Art Gallery, its latest schedule of events and MACI, visit us on the web at www.medfordarts.org or www.facebook.com/TheMysticArtGallery, or call 781-396-ARTS (2787).

About Outside the Lines
Outside the Lines Studio is an arts-based alternative day program, collectively run by artists, for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Our mission is to provide a creative, supportive community, where each individual can explore their own unique potential in a way that best suits their interests, talents, and learning styles. In addition to expressive therapy, job-training, and community integration, we provide opportunities for our individuals to gain recognition and income as artists. 60% of proceeds from art sales go directly to the individual artist/ Visit OTL at http://www.outsidethelinesstudio.org

About EMARC’s Center for Emerging Artists
Center for Emerging Artists (CEA), created in the year 2000, was developed in response to a state and national trend aimed at discovering and fostering the artistic talents of individuals with disabilities. The Center is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, the families of The Arc, and through the efforts and contributions of the public.

The Center welcomes individuals who would like to explore their artistic talents with the support of the Center’s professional staff. Arts assessments are available that can be made flexible according to the individual’s schedule. The Center provides ongoing opportunities for artists on a full-time and part-time basis. For more information, go to http://theemarc.org/center-for-emerging-artists-11.html.

About the Medford Human Rights and Disability Commission
The mission of the Commission is to provide all persons equal opportunity and access to, as well as participation in, education, employment, and public and private services in the City of Medford through advocacy, awareness and enforcement. For more information, go to http://www.medfordma.org/departments.