BGM/CB Tribute 2017

Betty G. Miller/Chuck Baird Tribute banner

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To see larger images of the banners -click title link to PDF Finished BGM:CB Tribute 2017

In 2017 De^ARTivists United D^AU established the Betty G. Miller/Chuck Baird Tribute – group artwork projects to be made by Deaf students. Betty G. Miller is known as the Mother of De’VIA and Chuck Baird is known as the Father of De’VIA. To learn more about the first BGM/CB tribute and these two leaders, whom both passed away in 2012, go to

The very first D^AU Betty G. Miller and Chuck Baird tribute was for participating schools to create a reverse stencil banner using at least 5 resistance and 5 affirmation motifs as well as a central triangle with motif in the middle. With a small grant from the Puffin Foundation West, LTD, D^AU purchases and sent to each participating schools a 3 ft by 8 ft blank banner for the project.

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This group art project was inspired by the 2nd Wave of De’VIA banner of 2013

2nd Wave of De’VIA mural (2013)

Schools had to submit sketches for the banner and images of the final work with ASL video explanations. (school videos will be added soon – they are awesome!)
Special thanks to the participating schools, students, and teachers
Western PA School for the Deaf – Jenna Mancini
New York School for the Deaf  – Mary Jones
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf – Erwin Carlson
Rocky Mountain School for the Deaf – Tiffany Hoglind
Maryland School for the Deaf – Minja Jung
Model Secondary School for the Deaf – Megan-Claire Burgess

All the schools that participated and submitted all the materials on time will be receiving a $100 gift certificate from D^AU to buy art supplies for their classrooms.

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We are totally wowed by what the students have created under the stewardship of their great art Deaf teachers. We know Betty and Chuck are smiling at their great process, progress, and creativity.  The banners will communicate about history, pride, progress, resistance, affirmation, Deaf View/Image Art and creativity to visitors of the schools, staff, faculty, and students

New York School for the Deaf – Art Teacher: Mary Jones


Rocky Mountain Deaf School RMDS – Art Teacher: Tiffany Hoglind


Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf WPSD – Art Teacher: Jenna Mancini


Phoenix Day School for the Deaf PDSD – Art Teacher: Erwin Carlson


Maryland School for the Deaf MSD – Columbia Campus – Art Teacher: Minja Jung-Sanderlin


Process for Reverse Stencil banner project:
students, with guidance from their art teachers, selected and sketched out at least 5 resistance & 5 affirmation motifs and a motif for the central triangle

Motifs from RMDS
NYSD Sketch








Sketch from WPSD












To see larger images of the banners -click title link to PDF Finished BGM:CB Tribute 2017

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Deaf View/Image Art for schools

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