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DisArt to explore art with families Sunday

This Sunday, families- including those with children who have sensory integration sensitivities- are invited to join in the Family Fest at Celebration Cinema North, with arts activities and a movie showing where children are encouraged to get up and move around.
Scarf dance by Arts in Motion Preformers

Scarf dance by Arts in Motion Preformers /Courtesy of Arts in Motion

Location and Information

2121 Celebration Dr NE,

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Wave Room

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ACT Drumming

ACT Drumming /Courtesy of ACT Drumming

Alli Cowden

Alli Cowden /Courtesy of Robert Coombs

DisArt will be hosting a free Family Fest this Sunday, April 19 with Arts In Motion and Artist Creating Together. The festival well be held at Celebration Cinema North (Beltline and Knapp) in the Wave Room from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. with the sensory screening of the movie Shrek stating at 5:30 p.m.

While all of the DisArt Festival events are family friendly, the Family Fest is an event that is specifically for children, aiming to allow them to experience the arts in a hands-on setting.

"One of our main goals is to bring people with and without disabilities together so that people can start to build those relationships with each other and become more willing to celebrate differences," says Jill Vyn, DisArt Festival Developer.

The event features a center rotation format, providing different stations that allows children to explore different types of art in a controlled environment for a specified amount of time.

The event will include interactive dance and theatrical performances, as well as visual art stations.

After the open house, Celebration Cinema North will be showing a sensory viewing of Shrek. Sensory viewings are shown with house lights dimmed and the volume of the movie is softer than traditional viewings. This can be a more comfortable environment for children who have sensory integration sensitivities. It's a showing where children are expected to move and talk during the film, taking the pressure off the child to be still in a loud dark room.

"From the beginning we wanted to encourage families with kids with come together and encourage them to be part of the festival," says Chris Smit, DisArt Director.

All those involved stressed the importance of art everyday life for all people.

"The arts are important for everybody. It's kind of an equalizer it provides an opportunity for growth and self-esteem," says Delight Lester, Executive Director at Arts in Motion Studio.

The event also aims to be an enriching family activity.

"By providing this type of day we providing the opportunity for siblings to be together, and families to do something together within the arts," says Lester.

The festival will offer pizza and popcorn towards the end of the open house.

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