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The Akron Art Museum Celebrates Artists with Disabilities at its Saturday Family Drop-In Day, June 14, 2008

For Release: June 2008

Akron, Ohio, June 5, 2008 — Help celebrate the accomplishments of artists who have overcome disabilities, challenged stereotypes and have created amazing works of art. The Akron Art Museum’s Saturday Family Drop-In Day on June 14 will highlight Creativity Transcends, on view in the museum’s Corbin Gallery through July 13. This special exhibition features works of art published in United Disability Services’ Kaleidoscope magazine.

Several fun activities await children and their parents throughout the day. Starting at noon, Anne Alexander, an art teacher and art therapist from Akron Public Schools, will lead children in creating works of art without the use of their hands or eyes.

Special guests Dancing Wheels will perform from 2 – 3 pm in the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Lobby. This amazing troupe is the first modern dance company to integrate professional stand-up and sit-down wheelchair dancers. For more than a quarter of a century, Dancing Wheels has performed, taught and inspired children and adults of all abilities around the world and has been featured in numerous national publications and television programs including the ABC television special, Christopher Reeve, A Celebration of Hope, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and Good Morning America. The company was also recognized with the 1998 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Outreach in Ohio and the 1997 National Rehabilitation Achievement Award.

All activities are free and open to the public. Art-making activities conclude around 3:30pm.

For more information please call the museum at 330.376.9185.

Saturday Family Drop-In Days are made possible by County of Summit Regional Arts & Cultural District Board.

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Dominic Caruso
Design, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Phone: 330.376.9186 x229
Email:dcaruso@AkronArtMuseum.org

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