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Arts Access Series of Fortunate Events: Signing Black in America

Join us for a virtual screening of the short film Signing Black in America. After we will hear from the filmmakers, Danica Cullinan, Joseph Hill, and Carolyn McCaskill, and several artists who use Black American Sign Language (BASL) in their creative expression. The film will be shown on Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. ASL interpretation, captions, and audio description will be provided.

This event is part of the fifth anniversary of A Series of Fortunate Events (SOFE), hosted by Arts Access, which celebrates the talents and creativity of artists with disabilities.

Signing Black in America (2020). Produced by the Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University; 30 min.

Signing Black in America is the first documentary about Black ASL, a vibrant dialect of American Sign Language that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities. BASL today conveys an identity and sense of belonging that mirrors spoken language varieties of the African American hearing community.

How it works

The Zoom link and YouTube live-stream link will be included in the registration confirmation email. A reminder email with these links will be sent one hour before the event begins.

If you do not receive a confirmation email or for additional questions on the content of this program, email Maria Lopez.

We are working to make our online content accessible. ASL, captions, and audio description will be provided. If you have another request, email Felicia Ingram.

Presented in partnership with Arts Access


Photo Credit

Kasiem Walters performing “A Change is Gonna Come” in dance and ASL at open mic ASL night in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy Danica Cullinan


May 05, 2021


6:30 PM - 11:40 PM
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(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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