Organizers expect nearly 1,000 participants, with and without disabilities, at the 35th annual Arts for All Festival May 4 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (Building 23), 19201 Bagley Road in Berea. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The lively festival features more than 35 activity stations with arts experiences and an art display to match the theme of the festival, "Something to Celebrate." To keep the spirit high, there is continuous music, including singing and dancing, in the stage area. One of the activity stations gives participants the opportunity to play the drums. Roaming characters, as well as musicians, add to the atmosphere.
Participants come from more than 40 area school districts, educational organizations and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities centers. The day is made possible by 150 youth and adult volunteers, who are committed to an exciting arts experience for all who attend.
Sponsors for the festival are Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Aurora VFW 2629. Partners include the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Beck Center, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland History Center, Great Lakes Theatre and both the Cuyahoga County and Cleveland public libraries.
Arts for All Northeast Ohio is a non-profit arts enrichment organization celebrating the creativity of individuals with developmental disabilities. It provides opportunities and promotes programs that encourage participation in the arts, including classes and exhibits, in addition to the annual festival, so that all individuals have equal access to the arts.