Chinatown Partnership and Art Beyond Sight will host a birthday party and arts festival throughout streets in Chinatown to recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25). This event is free and open to the public. In light of the celebration, local businesses in Chinatown -- a minimally accessible neighborhood of New York City – have made new commitments to augment the accessibility of their venues.
Visitors will enjoy live music, dancing, and art. Co-host Art Beyond Sight will lead those with little to no vision in creating tactile works through touch while the Chinatown Partnership will offer noodle-making demonstrations. Zulu-P, a funk hip-hop collective led by New York City-based singers with developmental disabilities; diaboloTeamNYC, a group of Chinese yoyo performers; opera singer Paulette Penzvalto; and many others will be among the entertainers. New York City cultural institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and The Origami Therapy Association will lead interactive art demonstrations and crafts. The Museum of Modern Art will facilitate the creation of a collaborative community sketchbook that will be modeled to look like a birthday card for ADA25.
The Americans with Disabilities Act’s 25th birthday party is organized by the Chinatown Partnership, (www.chinatownpartnership.org) and Art Beyond Sight (www.artbeyondsight.org), with the support of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (www.nyc.gov/mopd) and CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities. For a full list of participating organizations please visit www.explorechinatown.com.