ASL Slam is a monthly event that offers the stage to audience members to come up and rap, rhapsodize and rehash or just relate in sign language.
We provide a safe space for Sign Language community to play with our language.
Mission of ASL Slam:
● to present and encourage new, and experimental work using poetry, performance art, improvisation, literature, visual art, language and music.
● to provide a venue for emerging and established artists to present their work in a safe and supportive environment
● We use video production as a means to preserve Sign Language and expose
artists to a wide audience.
● We preserve and enrich cultural experiences in both Deaf and hearing
● To make a difference and impact change.
In March of 2005 Bob Arnold, poet and creator behind the sign writing movement, founded ASLian Poetry & Storytelling Night at the famed Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan. Jason Norman co-hosted the open mic event monthly until Arnold relocated, changing the name to ASL Slam. Douglas Ridloff, then an emerging poet, artist and performer, joined the ASL Slam family in 2009. By 2010 Douglas became the sole host and ASL Slam became a brand, garnering national and international attention attracting eager audiences and performers from all over the world with its rotation of monthly events, ranging from open mic events to full performances. In 2013 ASL Slam kicked off its first tour visiting Michigan, Austin, France and much more. Today ASL Slam continues to grow officially launching monthly events in Boston and Chicago, D.C. and plans to expand to give a tour in 2018.
Special thanks to our sponsors for making the ASL SLAM Australia Tour happen.
ASL SLAM NYC
ASL SLAM BOSTON
ASL SLAM CHICAGO
ASL SLAM ORLANDO
ASL SLAM Tours: