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The year 2019 was the 30th Anniversary of De’VIA and the 10th Anniversary of Surdism.  Many wonderful events took place last year that honored both important Deaf-centered movements. 

Just to name a few:
In June, we had our 6th De’VIA curriculum working group at the Western PA School for the Deaf with about twenty Deaf art teachers and artists in residents. In addition to Nancy Rourke giving presentations and leading activities, Susan Dupor presented on her NTID Together triptych and Ann Silver with Jim Van Manen presented about her work. Special thanks to Jenna Barkey and Fran Flaherty. In July, Patti Durr with Nancy Rourke, David Call, and Arnaud Balard presented in Paris at EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) about Surdism and different creative works.  Nancy and Patti also presented about Surdists United at Clin d’Oeill in Reims, France.   
Teachers worked hard on their Rourkeism Hand Overlap mural project.
Susan presented at WPSD.
Jim Van Manen and Ann Silver presented at WPSD
Birdhouses made by teachers and DAIRs given to the hostesses, Fran and Jenna.
David Call, Nancy Rourke, Patti Durr and Arnaud Balard gave presentations at EHESS.
Patti Durr (not in picture) and Nancy Rourke gave a presentation at Festival Clin d' Oeil, Reims, France.

The Memorial Art Gallery, a large museum in Rochester, NY had an exhibit of works about Deaf experiences entitled De’VIA: The Manifesto Comes of Age, which ran from November 7, 2019 - February 16, 2020.  Works were largely from NTID's Dyer Arts Center permanent collection.  The exhibit received many visitors and had weekly guided tours.  Dyer Arts Center had the #DeVIAChallenge Exhibit, which featured works created during De’VIA Central Facebook online challenges and/or shared in social media.  This February marked the 6th year of the group De’VIA February challenge.  In February, the facebook group voted to expand the name of the group by adding Surdism to the title – see De’VIA & Surdism Central.
NTID's permanent collection at the Memorial Art Gallery.
#DeVIAChallenge Exhibit at Dyer Arts Center, NTID.
Eight schools are participating in the Betty G. Miller / Chuck Baird Tribute this year – using Silverism style (creating works similar to Ann Silver’s Deaf-themed pop art).  We will post the final works when they are submitted (deadline is postponed to the fall since many schools have closed due to Covid-19).  Susan Dupor and others have been hard at work preparing for De’VIA Curr VII which will be held at the Wisc. School for the Deaf in June (pending –if no cancellation due to Covid-19).  
The ABC Portraits of Deaf Ancestors book continues to be well received.  Go to  for more information about the book and additional resources.  Nancy Rourke and Karen Christie presented about the book at Rochester School for the Deaf and NTID.  Karen also presented to Deaf Women of Rochester.  Nancy graciously donated her painting of Sarah Adams, an alumni of RSD, to the school.  If you would like Karen and/or Nancy to present in your area on these very fascinating Deaf people and the book – email and  Surdists United is working on another children’s book involving three stories about important De’VIA artists who are no longer with us.  
Karen Christie and Nancy Rourke presented at RSD.
RSD students worked hard on the ABC Portraits of Deaf Ancestors activity.
Karen and Nancy presented at NTID.
Karen presented at Deaf Women of Rochester.
Our De’VIA Curriculum website has some new lesson plans and artist’s posters up that might be good for folks to check out while everyone is in social distancing mode.
As always, we truly appreciate all of your support, especially at times when we are all so worried and filled with uncertainty.  Yours in solidarity as we all find ways to flatten the curve, create art that heals, and keep forging forward.
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