Signs, Songs & Stories

Signs, Songs & Stories is a free event but we ask that you let us know you will be coming. Register now!

Did you enjoy Able Artist Elizabeth Morris’s comedy workshop and one-woman show in March? You won’t want to miss this! What happens when three women with varying backgrounds in storytelling come together for ten hours of artistic collaboration in American Sign Language? Come join us at Signs, Songs & Stories and enjoy an informal and fun conversation about their collaborative creative process, how they worked together, why American Sign Language projects are important in our local community – and some of their ideas for projects moving forward. See the start of a new initiative at H’art! The 45-minute presentation begins at 1 p.m.

Then, at the break, you can enjoy lemonade and cookies while you browse an associated art exhibit featuring the work of visual artist Alistair Morris. His exhibit will feature drawings, painting, Japanese dolls and stained glass. Alistair will be on hand to answer your questions during the break.

After the break, scholar, teacher and storyteller Angela Morris will present an entertaining, informative and inspiring talk on raising a child who is Deaf and Autistic, and the importance of thinking beyond ‘limitations’ as part of H’art Centre’s ongoing Able Artists series. She will incorporate music and personal anecdotes in this 45-minute presentation. This portion of the event is sponsored by the Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation and the City of Kingston’s Arts Fund.

This ASL project and event was made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,300 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province.

About The Collective

Hayley Hudson
is Deaf Artist in Performance and Dance.  She has been on few well known Kingston Theatre Stages. Just recently finished Midsummer Nights Dream as Moth with Kings Town Players.  She is originally from Alberta and studied Theatre at Rosebud School of the Arts.

Theresa Upton has experience as an American Sign Language instructor, consultant and Deaf interpreter. She also does American Sign Language creative writing, American Sign Language storytelling, poetry/poem/music and acting.

Elizabeth Morris is a professional actor and a full member of ACTRA and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Also, she is an American Sign Language (ASL) Coach and Deaf Community Consultant for theatre/film. 

About The Able Artist Exhibit

Alistair Morris is a visual artist who is both profoundly deaf and autistic. Drawing became a way in which Alistair was able to clearly communicate information. If he wanted to visit friends in Napanee, he would sketch a perfect picture of their Victorian house on the calendar. If he was looking for something, and couldn’t make himself understood in sign language, he drew the object he was looking for and the problem was solved. An obsession for light bulbs, with intricate and interesting filaments, showed an eye for detail and Alistair was guided to make stained glass and Japanese dolls.

About The Able Artist Presenter

Angela Morris is originally from England and now lives in the village of Bath near Kingston, Ontario. Three of her four children have a hearing loss and her youngest child, Alistair, was born profoundly deaf and autistic. She decided to return to university in 2006 to study for her M.Ed. and developed a work book for parents and professionals living and working with children who are autistic and deaf. The workbook is based on her family’s experiences. In 2010 Angela developed a presentation based on the information in the workbook and began talking to university and college students, teachers and other professionals working in the area of Special Education. She has found, as many do, that living with a child with autism was, at times frustrating, often exhausting, hilariously funny ….. and an experience she would not have missed for the world!