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Matching Grant Promotes Deaf Culture

The Ugly Duckling meets its match…in the form of a matching grant.

Thanks to funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center’s SignStage examines the world of the deaf through a theatrical production entitled, The Ugly Duckling Doesn’t Quack.

SignStage’s regular programming offers theatrical classroom workshops that inspire creative thinking and expression. Working with the Deaf and Hearing alike, Artistic Manager, Bill Morgan, combines theatre arts and American Sign Language to education students and audiences about Deaf Culture.

This summer, SignStage launched a public performance of its modified version of The Ugly Duckling. Hosted at the Chagrin Falls Academy for the Performing Arts, audience members were delighted by a highly animated tale of a deaf duckling and the challenges he faces in navigating the hearing world.


In an era of reduced arts funding, Cleveland, OH is fortunate to have Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC). Started in 2006, CAC funds matching grants within Cuyahoga County through monies collected from a tax on tobacco. To date, CAC has invested more than $170 million in over 375 organizations both large and small. As a strong steward of the public’s money, CAC invests more than $15 million annually to bring arts and cultural events to life within the community, making the arts accessible to all.

PJ Wordsmith is proud to announce that Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center received its second CAC grant – stay tuned for the 2019 deaf production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to be hosted at the Near West Theatre.

View Full Performance of The Ugly Duckling Doesn’t Quack.


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