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What is CymaSpace?

CymaSpace is a Portland, OR based non-profit that focuses on making cultural events inclusive for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We develop art and performances that largely feature the synergy of sound, light, and vibration – some of which have been featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, in the Oregon Museum Science and Industry (OMSI), and the Portland Winter Light Festival.

CymaSpace was founded by Myles de Bastion, because as a musician and visual interaction designer who also happens to be Deaf, he experienced first-hand the challenge of participating in a world, that for most part takes for granted the accessibility of sound.

CymaSpace serves to create bridges between the Deaf and the Hearing in a positive way that open doors for underserved minorities, changes misconceptions about Deafness and is striving to make a real, socio-economic difference. Through our work, we show that by lowering barriers that prevent equal access to art and culture, everyone benefits.

CymaSpace is an entirely volunteer-run organization that consists of a thriving community of engineers, artists and forward-thinking partnering organizations who are pioneering the next generation of accessibility, as it pertains to arts and cultural events.

A CymaSpace event is something that needs to be experienced first-hand, all art technology and modern accessibility implementations are developed in-house and cannot be not readily found anywhere else. Whether you are Hearing, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, young or old, all of your senses will be engaged!

ASL Hideaway receives attention and critical acclaim from Kiesza herself.

ASL Hideaway was seen by Kiesza and got their seal of approval when she tweeted, “Wow, this is amazing.” to her followers.

If you have not seen the video yet, you can watch it here. Share with anyone who would enjoy watching too!

CymaSpace is committed to facilitating projects that showcase #Deaftalent and the positive perspectives of Deaf culture.

Volunteer Registration For Gala 2016 Now Open

To mark the beginning of our third year, CymaSpace is pleased to announce a spectacular showcase of our major accomplishments, in an inaugural fundraiser celebration, and you’re invited!

H_DSC3806_medere is a great opportunity to get involved! Do you want to learn more about what goes on behind-the-scenes, have you always wanted to learn ASL? Or perhaps you’d like to simply give back to the community. Donating your time and skills is a wonderful way to show your support and will earn you (and your +1 companion) complimentary tickets to the event.

CymaSpace is an entirely volunteer-run organization that consists of community members like you, who are pioneering the next generation of accessibility, as it pertains to arts and cultural events. We simply cannot do it without you!


Your volunteering commitment helps CymaSpace open doors for underserved minorities, by working together, we lower the barriers preventing equal access to art and culture, and everyone benefits.

We have volunteer roles to match every kind of personal background or commitment level. From greeting guests with a smile as reception host, assisting performers as stagehand, to more technical audio-visual engineering roles. There are many hands on learning opportunities to gain experience and bolster your resume.

If you are interested in getting involved with this program, please read and complete the proposal form.

We ask that volunteers commit to attending 3 or more of our Fundraising Committee / Volunteer Orientation sessions and complete the volunteer registration form by March 21st. Thank you!