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DeaFestival to Present 'There's a Hero in All of Us' Sept. 1
Kentucky Ag Connection - 08/09/2018

The state's only daylong celebration of deaf and hard of hearing art, language and culture, DeaFestival-Kentucky 2018, will be held Sept. 1 at the Galt House (140 N. Fourth Street, Louisville). The public is invited to this free event. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. (EDT).

More than 50 visual and performing artists will combine to not only make DeaFestival a community, family-friendly day to remember -- but an atmosphere of education and awareness for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through arts and cultural programming, the festival invites community members to network, connect and help to educate the hearing community to elicit a better understanding of deaf culture. Visitors will also be able to purchase fine art by deaf and hard of hearing visual artists, located in the exhibit hall.

"This is a wonderful day of education showing how deaf people CAN do anything," said Virginia Moore, executive director for the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH). "The Galt House has been extremely helpful in making our move due to the Kentucky Center fire, and we're on track for another great event."

The theme "There's a Hero in ALL of Us" will be woven through a "City of Superheroes" in three performance programs, beginning with the Children's Program featuring interactive storytelling at 9:30 a.m. Spotlights, a showcase for theatrical performers, dancers and comedians, will follow at 1 p.m. Jam Tent will round out the day, with top deaf and hard of hearing hip hop and rock 'n' roll musicians in the nation taking the stage at 6 p.m. There will also be a special event where children can meet and listen to everyday superheroes explain why they are capable of accomplishing anything.

The DeaFestival began in 1996 in Danville at Kentucky School for the Deaf. It was held annually until 1998, when it became a biennial event. This year's DeaFestival will be the eighth held in Louisville.

This 13th biennial DeaFestival is hosted by the Knowledge Center on Deafness (KCD) and KCDHH. KCD has been awarded an Arts Access Assistance Grant through a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

KCDHH serves over 700,000 Kentuckians who have a hearing loss. Visit the KCDHH website, www.kcdhh@ky.gov, like us on Facebook at DeaFestival-Kentucky 2018, or follow us on Twitter at @DeaFestivalKY.

For more information, please contact Virginia Moore at 502-573-2604 or visit the event website at www.deafestival.gov.

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