November 29, 2023 – December 17, 2023

ISM II, directed by Michelle Banks, is another episode of the original ISM created by the VOCA Ensemble. The new VOCA Ensemble of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) BIPOC individuals will share their true stories and experiences in American Sign Language (ASL) when exposed to societal “isms”, discriminatory practices, and oppression. As a result of social change, they express hope and freedom through Deaf Hip Hop culture: music, dance, poetry, multimedia, and storytelling.  The Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing audiences will simultaneously have access to ASL and Spoken English (voice performed).
Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, was established in July 2019 in response to the critical need of supporting the works of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing BIPOC artists all together locally and nationwide.  The Deaf/HoH BIPOC community and its artists have been overlooked and underrepresented in mainstream and Deaf culture, a form of social injustice that VOCA stands to redress.
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