Forrest Nickerson Endowment Fund

CELEBRATION OF DEAF LIFE       Donate Now

Dec 31 1929 to June 6 1988
In his honour, the Forrest Nickerson Endowment Fund was established as a long term investment fund  provide annual income for operating costs of the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE.  Your generous donations to the Forrest Nickerson Endowment Fund remain secured and the interest will  provide income for the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE to sustain a Learning Centre that provides all people the opportunity to experience and celebrate the accomplishments of Deaf people from around the world.

Forrest Curwin Nickerson  is often referred to as “The Father of Deaf Culture”.  Nickerson envisioned a place where Deaf people could showcase their talents and artistic works.  A freelance Illustrator himself, he believed “to become a good illustrator you must first love the work – love it well enough to work hard year after year, at least until you have earned a name for yourself and your work is in demand”.  Nickerson, by example, has become one of Canada’s celebrated Deaf Artists and his name is endeared among Deaf Communities around the world.  Forrest was a storyteller, and as seen in the above image he  created an arm puppet he named “Peter Pride”.

In `1971 the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf was incorporated.  The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE, under the auspices of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf was the chosen place to showcase cultural exhibits through art and literature that focus on Deaf Culture and experiences.

Know your donations are secure.  The investment fund is managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation.  Your generous donation to the Forrest Nickerson Endowment Fund will support the goal to provide a learning centre that provides all people the opportunity to experience and celebrate the accomplishments of Deaf people from around the world.

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