Celebrate Deaf arts with Deaf Spotlight! See who wins our prestigious awards, bid on exclusive artwork by top Deaf artists, and watch ASL come to life on the stage. Free appetizers and drinks are included with every ticket.
The evening will be highlighted by our Fund-a-Need appeal. Your donations will help Deaf Spotlight continue to provide the highest quality arts events for the local Deaf and hard of hearing community. Your host will be Marilyn Jean Smith, founder of Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS). Actor and artist Perseus McDaniel will perform two amazing ASL stories, including one inspired by Deaf Spotlight.
If you are unable to attend this year's event but would like to make a donation, please visit our website.
This year's awards include:
Artist of the Year: Awarded to an individual artist who has made a significant contribution to Deaf arts in the Pacific Northwest.
Patron of the Arts: Awarded to an individual, couple, or group in the Pacific Northwest that has shown meaningful support, either financially or through significant work, towards Deaf Spotlight's mission and programming
Community Inclusion: Awarded to an organization (nonprofit or for profit) in the Pacific Northwest that has shown ongoing efforts to include Deaf people in every aspect of the artistic process, such as hiring Deaf artists or employees, showcasing the work of Deaf artists, collaborating with Deaf artists, and promoting Deaf culture and ASL.
All attendees must be 21+.
The program will be presented in American Sign Language (ASL), with voice interpreting.
Marilyn Jean Smith
Marilyn is the founder and former Executive Director of Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS). She has received awards from many prestigious institutions, including the White House, the Ford Foundation, Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority, the National Association of the Deaf, and Deaf Women United, to name a few. Marilyn holds an honorary doctorate from Gallaudet University and currently sits on the board of the Deafhood Foundation and Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD).
Perseus McDaniel is a well-known and talented American Sign Language (ASL) performer who has appeared in various shows since he was nine years old. A native of Seattle, he moved to the east coast while pursuing his acting career and college degree. He has performed for a variety of theatres and received a Leadership Training certification in Theatre Arts for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People of Color. Perseus is excited to perform for Celebrating Deaf Arts!