When & Where
The 2018 Special Weekend for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing will be held April 6th – 7th
Tarrant County Community College
3000 Trinity Campus Circle
Registration Open: November 1, 2017
Payments Due: February 23, 2018
Accommodations (please note it has changed from last year)
→ Don’t Forget to Buy a T-shirt!
This year’s Special Weekend for the Deaf shirts, displaying the winning students’ artwork, will be on sale for $12 at the event. Supply is limited.
Necessary Paperwork for Imagination Texas (2018 Paperwork Coming Soon)
The paperwork below is not due at the time of registration, but will be needed before the event, please check back for an update on the deadline.
- TEKS & Texas Education Code for the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
- Insurance/Community & Industry Form (fill in red boxes only)
- Pizza Order Form
- Parking Pass
- Bus Map
- Name Tags Instructions
- Name Tags Template
- Expectations and Guidelines
- Media Release (English)
- Media Release (Spanish)
- Medical Release (English)
- Medical Release (Spanish)
- Permission Form (English)
- Permission Form (Spanish)
- Medication Rules
DJ & Song Requests
The DJ for the dance on Friday Night will be DJ Marvin.
Students, please use the form below to submit a song that you would like played at the dance.
Learn More About the Program
Imagination Texas’ Special Weekend for the Deaf celebrated its twenty-fifth year in April 2015! This program began when a zealous Deaf Education teacher named Dianne Fisher endeavored to find funding to bring the National Theatre for the Deaf’s performance of Treasure Island to her students in Fort Worth. What began as a single performance turned into a weekend of fine arts workshops, a dance, and the bringing together of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students all over the state of Texas.
During the past twenty-five years, we have seen the talented performances of artists such as the late Chuck Baird, and Phyllis Frelich. We’ve Experienced Deaf Culture with Anthony Natale, Ty Giordano, Peter Cook, Troy Kotsur, Deanne Bray, Keith Wann, J. J. Jones, and Bernard Bragg. We’ve danced alongside Fred Beam and the Wild Zappers, and felt the heart pounding music and sign performance of Sean Forbes. We have painted, sketched, and sculpted with Matt Daigle, Janet Morrow, Charles Wildbank, Alex Wilhite, and Tony McGregor. We’ve shaken the foundations with the Taiko Drummers, the Mondo Drummers, Judy Holloway, and Tom McDermott. We have walked in the shoes of Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), been entertained by the genius of Pixar animators, gazed at the stars with the Fort Worth Science and History Museum, seen the Elizabethan era unfold with Dianne Simons, and been introduced to Native American culture as well as our own rich Texas Heritage by the many passionate historical preservation groups of Fort Worth. We have borne witness to the inspiring stories of Heather Whitestone, the first deaf Miss America, and Justin Osmond, who both overcame familiar but nonetheless challenging obstacles. We have been to the stars and back!
Workshops Information & Notes
The 2017 Imagination Texas, Special Weekend for the Deaf will had an amazing lineup of the most engaging, hands on workshops. The year’s theme was Art in Motion. The 2018 year will be filled with another great lineup! To get an idea of what type of workshops are available, please see below:
Confirmed artists Workshops for 2018 include:
- STOP Motion Animation with Johnny Villarreal
- ASL Performance with Windell “Wink” Smith, Jr.
- DEAFinately Dope
Imagination Texas T-Shirt Contest – 2018
Our annual t-shirt contest is back! The winner’s design will be displayed on the
official Imagination Texas shirt and various other promotional items throughout
the weekend. We look forward to seeing all of the great entries again this year!
- All artwork submitted for the contest must be on 9” x 12” white paper.
- The design MUST depict the theme- I.T.’s About Time
- Include the words “Imagination Texas 2018” and “IT’s About Time” as a
part of the design. Artistic lettering is very important!
- The design must have color.
- Please sign your name to your artwork.
Winners will be announced at the opening ceremony and monetary awards will be given to the winners.
- 1st place $75
- 2nd place $50
- 3rd place $25
Submit entries to:
Rachel Parnell/Imagination Texas
8008 Camp Bowie
West Suite #111
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
Programs available this year, free of charge, for the students to collect
names and autographs of friends and artists met.
If you would like to view the Special Weekend for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing information in our newsletter form, you can do so here:
View the Newsletter
If you would like to access ImagineNotes from past years, please click the link below.