Deaf Spotlight Annual Report 2018


Dear Friend,

The arts are a revolutionary movement and a celebration in one. Through art, we process our experiences, feelings, and moments of humanity.

Since 2011, Deaf Spotlight has hosted 104 events with over 9,000 attendees! In 2018, we hosted the 4th Seattle Deaf Film Festival. Millicent Simmonds, an emerging Deaf actress who starred in Wonderstruck, stopped by the festival to show her support.

Our inaugural Awards Ceremony in May honored three significant contributors to Deaf arts in the Pacific Northwest: Artist of the Year, Patron of the Arts and Community Inclusion. The 2nd annual Group Art Exhibition had a successful turnout, showcasing local Deaf artists and their works in different visual mediums. In the summer, our Youth Camp hosted Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and CODA youth for instruction in studio arts, cinema, and theater.

During 2018, community member Katie Roberts led three tours in ASL in collaboration with Seattle Art Museum. We also nurtured both experienced and emerging playwrights through two free workshops with Kalen Feeney, a Deaf writer. From this pilot program, three local (as well as three out-of-state) plays were selected for Deaf Spotlight's Short Play Festival in early 2019.

Deaf Spotlight exists because you believe in Deaf arts and Deaf artists in the Pacific Northwest. You helped our mission become a reality. Every festival, exhibition, camp, and performance was a success because you came, participated, and cheered for us over the past eight years.

Thank you for your continued support.

"The name, Deaf Spotlight, is what it means: shine spotlight on Deaf artists!" - Community Member


We are a linguistic-cultural minority celebrating arts, Deaf culture and American Sign Language.

OUR EVENTS of 2018

Deaf Spotlight is the only nonprofit Deaf organization in the Pacific Northwest to offer programming with three foci: performing arts, cinema, and visual arts.

Our Financial Statement

Our Wonderful supporters

THANK YOU for supporting us the past 7 years!


Created with an image by Steve Johnson - "untitled image"

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