Make a Mug With Us

Make a Mug Activity

We are getting MUGGED! Wichita State University art student, Kaylee Bond, will be teaching our families how to make their very own mugs. We will be mixing up our very own hot chocolate mix to take home with us and wrapping things up with homemade soup and rolls. 

There is still room to sign up, DeafKAN families! Email Heidi Howard at

$8/person (includes mug, hot chocolate and soup)

Happy November!

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You know what makes us feel cozy? Dreaming about who will be the winner of our beautiful, handmade Gingersnap Quilt next year. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Click HERE to be directed to our (NEW!) Quilt Raffle Tickets page. Come back often to increase your chances of winning.

To show off the quilt, we made this winter-inspired video.

Final Friday Success

The beginning of a child's diary entry

An Executive Director’s Diary Entry

Dear Diary,

Final Friday at The Renfro Studio was an amazing event. We could not have predicted how things would go, this being our first art gallery and all. Setting up took a little longer than expected so we were a little sweaty and frazzled but who cares when people are streaming in to see our art and bid on the Community Canvases? We sold almost every painting!! And we raised $1,200 in one night!

We are getting closer to raising $16,000 for 2016 than before. We can do this!!

Our greeting card idea was a hit. It’s not easy for everyone to be able to bid and buy a painting, so having a collection of all 8 paintings in one set of cards for only $20 was a great way for folks to have a piece of our art from the last two years. I know these will go quickly. We are definitely going to do this every year–and add more of the kids’ art next year!

The Gingerbread Quilt looked fabulous and the tickets really sold! We are so lucky to be able to have this as a fundraiser. We are going to have so much fun selling tickets all year and drawing a winner at next year’s Deaf Awareness Event. I hope we can raise $2,000-$3,000 with this quilt!

We were so happy to see old friends and meet new ones. There sure are some great people in our community. The Lion’s Club came and we were able to present them with an certificate of appreciation and get a photo with them.

We also had ASL students there and lots of people from off the street, plus our own friends and supporters.

The sign language cookies turned out totally great. Adrienne from Sweet Creations did a fantastic job and Kit Corby was a doll to donate these to us!

We can’t thank Tracey Cohn from The Renfro Studio enough!! She is so much fun to work with–we’re so glad we were able to use her studio and have her take photos for us. (Note to self: I think I’ll ask her to do our family portraits)

It was exciting to be on both KAKE and the Brett & Sierra Show to promote our event. A few people came to our event because they saw us on TV–mission accomplished! Our DeafKAN kids were so incredible being on TV. I couldn’t be prouder of those boys.

And our volunteers. Where would we be without our volunteers??

Sigh. I am one lucky director.

It was a beautiful Fall evening and we can’t wait to do this again in the Spring for Art Day of Giving (Art DOG).


Heidi Howard, Executive Director & Founder

Deaf Kids’ Art Network, DeafKAN

P.S. We still have two paintings available (but I know they won’t last long…)




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Bragging About Our Book Fair

DeafKAN’s 4th Annual Book Fair @Watermark Books & Cafe will go down in the history books as a great sucess!

Some BIG thank you’s are in order:


Thank you, Watermark Books for the generous use of your space, your friendly and helpful staff and making sure the titles we wanted were ordered and on the shelf in time for the book fair! We enjoyed working with you!

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Thank you, Sheena McFeely and Manny Johnson for making sure we had copies of Shay & Ivy: Beyond the Kingdom in our hands. You surprised us with some fun extras for our kids! We were able to give away posters, postcards and stickers. We look forward to bringing you to Wichita for a book signing and more!

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Thank you, Laurie Meyers and Audrie at ASL Tales for working with us so closely to help us have all the books we needed and sharing information about the incredible resources that come with your books! We look forward to working with you to make sure these books get in to the hands of our families.

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Thank you, Gumby and Akiko Smith for coming to visit! Spending time with you on such a perfect autumn day was delightful! We love you!

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Thank you, Donnie and Jayne Otis for your funny and original ASL Skit!

(video will be uploaded soon!)

Thank you, Molly Pourhussin, Panther Paws ASL Club of Derby High School and the ROTC for a beautiful performance of our beloved National Anthem. You did a great job on your ASL story books!

(video will be uploaded soon!)

Thank you, DeafKAN Volunteers for being amazing!


Keep reading! See you next year!

Final Days of Deaf Awareness Week with Final Friday

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(Watch our VIDEO!)

Dreams DO come true.

When I first started putting ideas together for what DeafKAN could eventually do and become, having an annual art exhibit of our children’s artwork was among those early ideas. You can imagine my joy and excitement that we are now realizing that dream this week.

On Friday, Sept. 25th from 5-8 pm we will be having our first-ever exhibit at The Renfro Studio. This is part of a city-wide monthly event called Final Friday. We will be celebrating Deaf Awareness Week by displaying the artistic talents the next Deaf generation. We were blessed with art loaned to us from Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) and from our very own kids in the DeafKAN program. It’s an intimate studio, so space was limited, but we think you will feel the purity of their creations.

We have 8 incredible paintings from our visits to the Old Town Farmer’s Market over the last two years. These will be available for purchase via silent auction.

We are also thrilled to offer two gifts of art for auction: an original painting by Knee High, an American Miniature Horse and by Shannon Trevethan.

Also availabe will be greeting cards from this year’s art. Limited supply!

Something We’ve Known All Along

It is incredibly gratifying to see articles and studies support what you already, instinctively know: deaf babies should be learning sign language.

We follow the Limping Chicken from time to time, a British blog that address Deaf issues. We think it’s worth a read and a share:

It is our desire to be offering sign language classes to families, professionals, and the community. We simply aren’t there yet. That’s why we have fundraisers and apply for grants–so we can continue our work of promoting sign language and Deaf culture. We would love your support. Your donation is tax-deductible and goes a long way in our program.

To learn how to donate, CLICK HERE.

Deaf Awareness Week with DeafKAN

DAW, or Deaf Awareness Week, is just around the corner. Typically celebrated during the fourth week of the month, Deaf Awareness Week is about honoring Deaf culture, folklore, traditions, and of course, American Sign Language. Everyone is invited to join us!

In Wichita, we will be celebrating with two fundraiser events. Both are FREE to attend. These are our BIG EVENTS of the year. We are not only raising awareness of the importance of Deaf culture, but enough funds for 2016 to bring Deaf artists and performers to as many deaf and hard of hearing kids in Kansas as possible.

Sept. 19th–4th Annual Book Fair @Watermark Books

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Follow this event on Facebook: EVENT PAGE

Sept. 25th–DeafKAN Presents Final Friday at The Renfro Studio

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Statewide Deaf Awareness Week Events

Olathe, Kansas City, Overland Park Area:

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Newton Area:

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For more details of this all-day event, visit this Facebook EVENT PAGE.