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Artwork by David Call

Welcome!  As one of the missions of De’ARTivists United (D^AU), we are committed to bringing Deaf View/Image Art De’VIA into the classroom and community.  The De’VIA Curriculum project began after an artist retreat in Olathe, Kansas in 2013 where 40 Deaf artists gathered to examine the past, present, and posterity of De’VIA.  In addition to the creation of a large mural to honor the original 1989 De’VIA mural, which is missing,

De'VIA Curr. Working Group 2014 at RSD
De’VIA Curr. Working Group 2014 at RSD

and to examine how De’VIA has evolved and where it is going, there was also discussion on the importance of developing De’VIA curriculum for Deaf children and community members.  In the summer of 2014 a group of De’VIA artists and art teachers gathered at Rochester School for the Deaf in NY to work on a De’VIA curriculum, lesson plans, and activities.  [click this link to see a brief video of particpants at work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_nI4SMPdTE].  In the summer of 2015 a group of De’VIA A.I.R. and teaching artists met at the CA School for the Deaf in Fremont, CA to finalize the curriculum. To see pix of Art activities at De’VIA Curr II 2015 at CSD click this link De’VIA Curr II 2015 CSD Fremont  Write up about the De’VIA Curriculum working group II 2015 at CSD – Fremont (click link for pdf devia-class15 )


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With funds from community members, Convo Relay company, and the Parodi Foundation, 501C3 support from Deaf Arts Festival (DAF) and use of space from RSD and CSD, we have been able to develop this curriculum and materials.  Special thanks to all the donors, sponsors, artists and teaching artists who have donated their funds, time, expertise, talent, and works to this project.

Thank you to CONVO!! https://youtu.be/q0GEw8jdYSo

De'VIA Curr Working Group 2015 at CSD in Fremont
De’VIA Curr Working Group 2015 at CSD in Fremont









Info and images from De’VIA Curr III at Kansas School for the Deaf 2016
De’VIA Curriculum 2016


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Teaching artists from all across the US gathered at Kansas School for the Deaf for De’VIA Curr III June 20-24, 2016
De’VIA Curr Training at Indian School for the Deaf – June 18 – 23, 2017










banner made by Scotty Zwicker’s students at ISD to welcome the teaching artists from all over the US to De’VIA curr IV










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De’VIA Curriculum V in 2018 at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf MSSD. Thank you Convo and Clerc Center for making this possible

See a compilation of video clips by Christine Parrotte at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR4Kvy3-p4Y

Snapshots form the De’VIA Curr V week – De’VIA Curr V snapshots week pdf

6×6 paintings by teachers as a fundraiser for future De’VIA Curr and D^AU
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pdf 6 x 6 De_VIA Curriculum V 2018

pdf 6 x 6 DeVIA Curr VI 2019

Deepest appreciation to Convo for their support for De’VIA Curriculum II – V
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De’VIA Curr VI in 2019 at Western PA School for the Deaf with support from Heinz and the Warhol Museum


The De’VIA Curriculum was founded by Surdists United


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