Designing ASL Tours
Krissy Diaz is an intern in the ArtAccess program of the Queens Museum of Art, designing programs for the Deaf Community. For more Krissy, follow her on Twitter @KrissyDiaz
Being a part of the Deaf Community, I was given the opportunity to design a new program inspired in ASL. I am a candidate for a Masters degree from Hofstra University’s Creative Art Therapy program. I am working with Michelle López, Manager of ArtAccess Programs at QMA to design programs for the Deaf Community. I came from a hearing background and lost my ability to hear as a teen. I think it is important to design programs for the Deaf Community because of its culture, language and rich social life that many people overlook because we are “silent.”
I will be focusing on three audiences: families, teens and general public tours in ASL. Family programs will target children 5-12 years old. They will begin with a tour and be followed by an art making workshop. Teen programs will also include a tour of an exhibition, but will focus mainly on building a Deaf teen community. The workshop component for teens will have an open studio approach, in that teens will be offered a variety of materials to create small works based on the exhibitions. Public programs will target audiences who are deaf and conversations will revolve around a few key works followed by tea time. All tours and workshops will be conducted in ASL only.
In my spare time like to reach out to communities and organizations, where I can assist and help make a difference. I believe in using art as a vehicle to bring awareness to important issues like the Children’s Tumor Foundation. On April 15, I hosted an Art Auction to benefit the foundation.