De^ARTivists United (D^AU) was founded in 2014 by a group of Deaf View/Image Art De’VIA ARTivists in honor of the 25th anniversary and in recognition of Surdism and the 2nd wave of De’VIA, which takes De’VIA into the classrooms and out into our communities.
“The artivist (artist +activist) uses her artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression—by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation.”
~ M.K. Asante from It’s BIgger Than HipHop
De^ARTivists United (D^AU) was founded in 2014 by a group of De’VIA artists.
The purpose of the Association is to:
- build a network of De’VIA artists whose works are committed to social justice and social equality
- seek opportunities and support for art about the Deaf experiences that involve taking and making a stand against injustice
- promote the inclusion of De’VIA works in galleries and museums
- organize and engage in peaceful non-violent activism while utilizing artistic expressions (via parades, vigils, workshops etc)provide workshops, teach-ins, artist-in-residencies, and consultation about Deaf View/Image Art De’VIA(art about the Deaf experience) and activism