THE CULTURE & PRACTICE OF TEACHING THE ARTS TO DEAF STUDENTS

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The Indiana School for the Deaf has a long history of teaching visual and performing arts to our students, and this panel discussion will introduce concepts related to how Deaf people express and incorporate their cultural identity into their art and performances, as well as highlight of practical issues related to their unique educational and communication needs. This panel of teachers will use real examples of ISD's dance and music performance troupe, its drama club, and its Deaf-specific visual art genre. Kris Johnson will present about the Indiana Deaf History Museum located at the school, and efforts to expand representation of Deaf history into local mainstream museums.

In this session you will:

  • Learn about expression of Deaf identity and Deaf culture through the arts.

  • Learn techniques for adapting instructional methods for teaching/engaging with Deaf and hard of hearing people.

  • Take the opportunity to ask for guidance on how best to include Deaf and hard of hearing people in their organization's planning and execution of programs and activities.

Presented by:

Kris

Kris Johnson
Museum Director
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Kris is the director of the Indiana Deaf History Museum located at the Indiana School for the Deaf. She specializes in accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, and volunteers here time as advisor for special projects and programs for Indiana museums and arts organizations.

Debbie

Debbie Fetzer
Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Debbie is currently a middle school science teacher, but also is the coordinator of ISD’s Vibrations performance group. Vibrations uses ASL, dance, and visual effects to express music. Debbie is also lends support to other ISD stage shows.

Jennifer

Jennifer Harbaugh
Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Jennifer teaches high school English, and leads the Drama Club. In addition to major spring shows, like Pinnochio and Wizard of Oz, she has been involved in other schoolwide shows, like ISD’s 175th anniversary variety show and Arts Showcase.

Scotty

Scotty Zwicker
Teacher
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Scotty teaches middle and high school art classes in a variety of media. Scotty is also a De’VIA artist. De’VIA stands for Deaf View/Image Art, and represents deaf experiences and culture. Scotty incorporates De’VIA into his teaching, and has brought other De’VIA artists to ISD to work with students and for conferences.