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Mask-Making Workshop/Fundraiser To Be Held:

Ability Arts will hold a mask-making fundraiser party to celebrate Disability Awareness Month.

Following a run of successful disability awareness community performances last fall, Ability Arts will hold two mask-making workshops for families.

Local assemblage artist Dominique Moody, who is an art instructor at UCLA and SMASH, will lead the workshops.

The party will be held Sunday, October 30, from noon to 4 p.m. with mask-making classes scheduled at 12:30 and 2 p.m, at Writers Boot Camp at Bergamot Station.

The goal of the mask-making workshop is to encourage full self-expression by people of all ages and levels of ability.

Also on the afternoon’s agenda is a children’s theater performance written and directed by Diana Jordan, a local actress and instructor at Performing Arts Studio West, a facility that offers professional training in the performing arts to people with disabilities.

In addition, there will be games, raffle prizes and tunes from DJ Ismael Mendez. Guests are enxouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit people with disabilities who have been displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The balance will help underwrite the continued development of Ability Arts, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501© 3 organization.

For tickets and other information please call (310) 281-6119 or visit

Writers Boot Camp is located at Building L at Bergamot.Ability Arts and Writers Boot Camp are partners in WriteAbility, a program that offers scholarships to people with disabilities who wish to become writers in the entertainment industry. This year’s scholarship recipient is Lyena Strelkoff whose acclaimed one-person show, Caterpillar Soup, chronicles her rehabilitation and life after the accident that left her paralyzed.

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