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Meet Our June CIVICKIDS Partner, DeafCam!

June’s #CMACIVICKIDS partner is DeafCam, a project from South Africa that works with deaf children and young people to teach and develop their interest in photography and filmmaking. Through their photographs and films, deaf children are representing their lives and influencing how others see and understand them so as to change society.


June’s CIVICKIDS theme is Reflection, which speaks to many of DeafCam’s themes and aspirations. As both a visual property and metaphor, this month’s theme presents an opportunity for deaf children and young people to reflect on and develop a reflexive understanding of the experiences, issues, and topics that are important to them. In doing so, the young artist’s photographs and films offer a unique form of civic engagement, coined CIVICVISIONS.


The children’s work is organized around three themes: Reflections on Friendship and Community, Seeing the World Differently: A New Perspective, and Reflections on Being Deaf. Throughout the month of June, the young artists will produce a Photo of the Day centered one of the aforementioned themes, in addition to showing films and photo-essays and introducing a Sign of the Week. Follow along on CMA’s social media to see the young artist’s work, and view DeafCam’s archive on our Flickr! Feel inspired by what you see? Start a transcontinental conversation using the hashtag #CMACIVICKIDS!


DeafCam is a unique international and interdisciplinary collaboration by the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology and Social Research with Deaf at the University of Manchester, UK and Centre of Deaf Studies at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Funded as part of the MRC/AHRC Global Challenge project Enhancing Resilient Deaf Youth, the project tackles critical social issues concerning social, cultural, educational and linguistic exclusion, health, stigma and abuse, and other longstanding and ingrained challenges faced by deaf young people in society. Learn more at deafcamsa.net.

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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