In this address, Mr. Antoine Hunter—an award-winning African-American Deaf producer, choreographer, film/theater actor, dancer, dance instructor, model, poet, speaker, mentor, Deaf advocate and also named King of San Francisco Carnaval—will offer perspective from his own experiences and research as a Deaf artist and teacher of over 30 years in the classroom. He provides insights into how those experiences have shaped his current teaching practice and outlines how the arts and special education field is lacking a curriculum for Deaf and/or disabled children and Deaf which he would love to see developed and implemented into every Deaf and hard of hearing program in this country. The goal is to provide accessibility in the classroom for Deaf children to express themselves in their own language. Both hearing and Deaf teachers can provide tools to empower these children and help them develop new awareness of their inner voice as artists and as human beings. This keynote is sure to incite conversation and motivate attendees to develop practices that support their Deaf and hard of hearing students with unique needs to achieve artistic excellence.
Keynote Presentation: Pushing Organizations to Provide Accessibility for Deaf and Disabled Students to Excel in Artistic Excellence
Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter also known Purple Fire Crow is an award-winning Internationally-known African-American, Indigenous, Deaf, Disable, choreographer, dancer, actor, instructor, speaker, Producer and Deaf advocate. He creates opportunities for Disable, Deaf and hearing artists and produces Deaf-friendly events, and founded the Urban Jazz Dance Company and Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival.
Antoine has received numerous grants and awards including the inaugural Jeanette Lomujo Bremond Award for Humanity, Isadora Duncan (Izzie) for Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, and SF King of Carnaval.
Antoine’s work has been performed globally, most recently in Turkey, UK and Russia. He has lectured across the U.S. including at Kennedy Center’s VSA, Harvard and Duke University, and the National Assembly of State Arts. In 2019 alone, his company Urban Jazz Dance Company, an ensemble of professional Deaf and Hearing dancers, performed for and engaged more than 4,200 schoolchildren. His shoe company DropLabs and Susan Paley just released an innovative product to help people feel music through their shoes. He is Vice President of Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA's) Board. DCARA is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the deaf community. Established in 1962 as one of the first deaf-run agencies in the country. Hunter serves on the boards of Dance/USA, DCARA, BABDA and councils for CalArts Alumnx and Intrinsic Arts. www.RealUrbanJazzDance.com