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Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD), a registered non-profit organization, recognized as one of Canada’s national arts service organizations, has received numerous awards for its Deaf arts productions.

The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE (a project of CCSD) rooted in the Deaf community, is open to the public and located in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District. The CENTRE mentors Deaf and hearing students, interns and artists. It promotes visual artists through professional art exhibitions in its gallery, and performing artists through professional sign language theatre and film productions.

In May 2019, the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE partnered with Palgong Tea Company to enhance and extend the experience of Deaf visual and signing arts to visitors by providing an interactive social location to network with others interested in learning and promoting the Deaf arts. Palgong is known for its milk tea infused with rich flavours from fruit teas, smoothies and coffees.

CCSD has increased Deaf arts standards, provided forums to feature Deaf arts and built significant partnerships. We are now at a tipping point in building capacity in the Deaf Arts community through these arts partnerships and increased exponential exposure with 60,000 visitors annually. We are becoming an integral, vital and authentic part of the Canadian arts eco-system.

The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE features work by Deaf artists in a cultural space that allows all to understand Deaf culture, sign language and the Deaf arts scene. CCSD relies on donations, sponsorships, earned revenues and grants.

Exciting Plans for 2020:

  • Deaf artists exhibiting their curated work at the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE Art Gallery
  • Establishing Deaf arts training on a national scale
    Increased arts eco-system support for Deaf visual and performing artists, arts professionals
  • Increased Deaf Artists Collectives across Canada
  • Celebrating Ideas with Deaf Arts Inspiration – Expose Canadian Deaf artists/actors online by developing Def-T Talks inspired by TED Talks
  • Publications, Training and Professional Development e.g. Signed Language Institute Canada, Community Development & Outreach in Deaf arts, Team Building Leadership for Deaf youth, companies, communities and organizations

We could not accomplish our goals without the cornerstone support of our donors. Your support allows us to reach our expanding goals. We welcome both large and small donations. Donating its hassle-free and your gift will be put to work immediately. Even a small donation allows you to be part of Deaf cultural arts.

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