It took a little magic, but after five days visiting Florida’s Emerald Coast as part of the Mattie Kelly ArtsReach program, Kevin Spencer has left a lasting mark for so many. The master magician and illusionist visited a number of local schools and nonprofit organizations in April with the highlight of the tour at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation “Hocus Focus: Spotlight on Education” Lunch hosted at the new Hotel Effie. Proceeds from all MKAF events benefit the organization and its outreach and community engagement initiatives throughout Northwest Florida.
“Once again, it was truly inspiring to see how Kevin transforms people of all abilities into magicians! Clearly, his groundbreaking work celebrates capability and shatters our illusions about disability.” – Melanie Moore, Education Director, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
Kevin Spencer and MKAF successfully brought ArtsReach programming, a creatively curated array of performing and visual arts inspiring K-12 students, children and adults with special needs, and the military community along the Emerald Coast, to the following schools and organizations:
• Walton Middle School
• Walton High School
• Lotus Learning
• Beyond Expectations
• Exceptional Parents of Incredible Children (EPIC)
• MKAF “Hocus Focus: Spotlight on Education” Arts Guild Luncheon
• Westonwood Ranch
• South Walton Academy
• Emerald Coast Middle School
• South Walton High School
ArtsReach is a creatively curated array of performing and visual arts inspiring K-12 students, children and adults with special needs, and the military community along the Emerald Coast. Teaming up with community partners, ArtsReach produces dynamic learning opportunities through the arts.
Kevin Spencer is an award-winning performing artist who, for more than 25 years, toured the world with one of the largest and most successful theatrical illusion productions in the U.S. He left behind a trail of accolades in his wake including 2009 International Illusionist of the Year, 2015 International Magician of the Year, and six-time recipient of Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year. Kevin Spencer has dedicated his life to making a difference in communities around the world – both on and off the stage. He is a pioneer who addresses the inequality of individuals with disabilities with creativity, confidence and courage.