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Maryland School of the Blind to hold second annual See Beyond Festival in April

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland School for the Blind will host the second annual See Beyond Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Nottingham campus.

This free event will build upon the success of the inaugural festival, offering an even wider selection of activities, entertainment, and food options, while once again encouraging people of all ages to learn to “see beyond” vision loss and discover how adaptable they are.

All visitors will have the unique opportunity to participate, without using their sight, in a host of blind sports, blind food tastings, and other tactile activities while wearing light-blocking eyeshades.

The 2023 See Beyond Festival will also feature:

  • A Kid Zone offering free balloon animals, sensory and braille crafts and interactive activities. Kids are also invited to enjoy MSB’s fully-accessible playground.
  • A variety of food and drinks from local vendors.
  • A Maker’s Market and Vendor Fair, featuring more than 40 local crafters and vendors. MSB students will sell their own creations, including dog biscuits, plants, and more handmade gifts.
  • Live music from the Sound Storm Band and MSB’s own student drummers. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

“Last year, we introduced the See Beyond Festival to encourage the public to experience the same empowerment our students feel as they discover how to adapt to challenges without use of their sight,” said Robert Hair, MSB Superintendent. “We had a wonderful turnout and response to last year’s event, so we are excited to once again open our campus to the greater community and invite everyone to join us for another fun and enlightening day.”

In 2022, the See Beyond Festival drew more than 2,000 people, and MSB is expecting a larger turnout this year. Sponsorship packages, vendor spaces, and volunteer opportunities are available.

Additional information is available online here.

The Maryland School for the Blind is located at 3501 Taylor Avenue in Nottingham (21236).

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