Here is a Guest Post and photos from Heidi Marie-Peterson, project coordinator for DCR's Universal Access Program - thanks Heidi!
Life is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The Life is Good Festival was a two day extravaganza of music, optimism, games, art activities and family fun attended by about 20,000 people. Whether you were there to compete in the seed spitting contest, have a picnic, watch the BMX bike stunt show, contribute to a mural, climb a rock wall, or hang out at the kids stage on a comfy bean bag chair, there was something for EVERYONE! There were absolutely amazing musicians playing throughout the weekend; a few of my favorites included Ray Lamontagne, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Raphael Saadiq, Maceo Parker, Martin Sexton and The Levon Helm Band among others!
The Life is Good Playmakers, who help kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty! This year they met their goal in raising over 1 million dollars!! To find out more information about this great organization visit this link: http://www.lifeisgood.com/playmakers/default.aspx
I attended the festival as an “access team” volunteer, which meant I had the awesome job of checking in with folks with disabilities who came to the event to let them know about the fantastic access. And the access really was fantastic! For those who came to check out the music there was a raised access platform, as well as a roped off section at the very front of each stage where folks could sit or stand and listen to the music and have a great view of the ASL interpreters for every performance. There was even a section of lawn marked off for sighted guide dogs to use the restroom!
ALSO: Link to more info about life is good festival in general: http://www.lifeisgood.com/festivals/event-info/