Each month, Hands On publishes a comprehensive Cultural Calendar of the many and varied cultural offerings available in New York City for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences. These include:
- Interpreted theatre performances produced by Hands On at major theatres, both on and off Broadway, including shows for young audiences.
- Interpreted or signed/sign language talks, tours and readings at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum, New York Botanical Garden, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum, Historic Richmondtown, Intrepid Museum, Jewish Museum and the Bowery Poetry Club.
- Open captioned theatre performances made available by the Theatre Development Fund/Theatre Access Project (TDF/TAP).
Hands On Interpreted Performances
Hands On offers the Deaf community a diverse range of quality interpreted performances at some of the city’s most popular venues, including the Roundabout Theatre, New Victory Theater and Public Theater as well as Radio City Music Hall and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For each interpreted performance, Hands On does the following:
- Consults with theatres and works with their production staff to make their shows accessible to deaf audiences.
- Contracts interpreters for the selected performances.
- Conducts outreach to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences through its Cultural Calendar and links to community organizations, thereby helping to increase attendance.
Previous interpreted performances by Hands On include Waiting for Godot, Sunday in the Park with George, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet, Mary Poppins, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Children of a Lesser God.
Hands On’s interpreted performances include the Theatre Offers a Lifetime of Adventure (TOLA) Program, which was established in memory of James Tola, a Deaf Parent, Actor, Teacher of the Deaf and supporter of Interpreted Theater. The program was developed to expand accessible theater experiences for Deaf school-age children and their families (both Deaf & hearing) in the New York City area.
Working with the New Victory Theater – New York's first theater for kids and families – Hands On presents a full season of interpreted theatre, dance, circus arts and puppetry for Deaf schools and families with Deaf and hearing members. By providing free or discounted tickets to audiences who do not have the economic resources to attend interpreted theatre performances, the TOLA program works to expand the experiences of Deaf and hearing children and their families.
The Hands On web site features a comprehensive directory of links and resources targeted to Deaf and hard of hearing populations. In addition to arts and cultural offerings, it features information on interpreters; national and international organizations; Deaf media and communications; schools for the Deaf, including colleges and universities; camps and other educational resources for Deaf children; relay links; and other Deaf-related associations.