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The Deaf Cultural Festival goes virtual this year to celebrate Deaf Cultural Month! Learn more about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) from our community partners: The Whole Person, Kansas School for the Deaf, and the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture.



Did you know that Deaf culture has its own kind of art called De’VIA? Kim Anderson from the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture tells us more in this short video.


Cold Porcelain Clay Handshape Plate

Follow along with Mrs. Kerns, art teacher at Kansas School for the Deaf, as she shows us how to make a handshape plate using simple materials from around the house.



Pick up a few art-related signs in ASL from our Deaf docent, Micki Keck from The Whole Person.


ASL Tour on Smartify

Onsite ASL tours are on hold, but you can enjoy a virtual ASL tour through the Smartify app anytime, anywhere! Watch Deaf actors tell stories about works of art from the Nelson-Atkins collection in captioned ASL videos. Click on the image to the left to start your tour, or download the Smartify app on Google Play or in the App Store to view on your own device.



Anyone Can Enjoy Art

No special degree is needed to appreciate art. Raul Melgar shares some tips in ASL to help you enjoy your next trip to the Nelson-Atkins.


Festival attendees signing the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art sign

Special thanks to Micki Keck, Kim Anderson, and Takako Kerns.