Written by Jordi
WHO: FestAbility, a first-year event to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a daylong celebration for the disability community and their allies.
WHEN: July 27, 2018
WHAT: Held at the Missouri History Museum this eight hourlong event celebrated the St. Louis disability community. FestAbility commemorates the ADA anniversary in a day filled with accessible fun for all abilities. Hosted by nine different organizations in partnership with iHeartMedia and the Missouri History Museum, Festability was a daylong event filled with dancing, singing
From inside activities, accessible tours of the Missouri History Museum and food trucks, to main stage entertainment, no amount of rain could put a damper on this event. Each organization had the opportunity for a spotlight where they were able to share their mission and how they strive to create a more inclusive space for the disability community.
In addition to these spotlights, groups such as Totally Awesome Girls Group (TAGG), Different Dynamics, The Disability Project
A sweet ending to the day was when Special Olympics Missouri showed up and the athletes were given the opportunity to present the medals they earned at the USA games in Seattle earlier this summer. They shared their experience at the games and stayed to celebrate with the crowd.
WHY: The American’s with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of life: jobs, school, transportation, etc. Although this is now law, individuals with disabilities are often misrepresented, or not represented at all. FestAbility’s mission was not only to give individuals with disabilities a voice but to empower them in celebration. The love and excitement
HOW WE HELPED: Event planning assistance and production. Utopia provided a DJ, emcee, sound, video and event planning assistance. We attended all planning meetings
“If I could give Utopia more than 5 stars I would, I connected with Utopia about two months before my event and they heard about my mission, vision and goals with the event and immediately got to work helping us plan the most successful first year of an event I could have ever imagined. They weren’t just a company we hired to do a job, the Utopia team came in and truly became a family to the rest of our event planning committee, they attended our planning meetings, they got to know our team, they supported our goals and our mission and they truly created an environment for my event I do not believe I could have replicated without them. Their energy is empowering and contagious and I would recommend them to anyone planning an event of any size.”
-Jenna Baker, Creator of FestAbility
FINAL WORDS: FestAbility was more than a celebration of disabilities, it was a celebration for the entire community. It was an opportunity for St. Louis to come together through music, joy and friendship to celebrate one another of all abilities and all the incredible things that happen when we give each other a voice.