7th Annual Southern Utah’s ASL Silent Weekend
Event will celebrate the Deaf and hard of hearing community with performance by world-renowned Deaf mime and Harry Potter-themed activities
ST GEORGE —The 7thannual Southern Utah’s American Sign Language (ASL) Silent Weekend to celebrate the local Deaf and hard of hearing community will be held Friday, Feb. 17, at Dixie State University (DSU) Gardner Center Ballroom and Saturday, Feb. 18, at Desert Hills High School on 828 E. Desert Hills Drive.
With more than 300 participants anticipated this year, Southern Utah ASL Silent Weekend provides educational workshops, social interactions, and helps ASL students further their education within the Deaf community. In addition, it brings together high school and college ASL students, Deaf and hard of hearing residents and their families, ASL interpreters, and those interested in ASL and the Deaf community.
“As ASL teachers, we focus on the educational experience for our students and created the ASL Silent Weekend as a great opportunity for them and the general public to learn about the Deaf community,” said Elisha Jones, an ASL teacher and event coordinator from Desert Hills High School. “It’s a unique and valuable event that brings together this community and celebrates their culture.”
On Friday, Feb. 17, attendees will have the opportunity to watch the performance of JJ Jones a world-renowned Deaf mine who has performed across the nation and internationally. His performance begins at 7 p.m. and will be his first time performing in St. George at DSU. On Saturday, Feb. 18, ASL Silent Weekend will host games, workshops, and mingling through a “Harry Potter: the Boy Who Signed” theme day at Desert Hills High School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ASL Silent Weekend is put on by ASL teachers and students from various universities and high schools, Deaf community members and the Southern Utah Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Tickets are $3 on Feb. 17 and $5 (with lunch included) on Feb. 18 and can be purchased on myschoolfees.com or at the Desert Hills High School finance office. Tickets may also be purchased the day-of at the event entrance.
For more information, visit facebook.com/SoUtahASL.