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Call for Artists: 2016 Arts & Accessibility Showcase Event Series

Cultural, art & social events often rely on spoken, sung, performed or recorded sound to convey their cultural message or narrative experience. This is often inaccessible to those with hearing loss.

In answer to this, CymaSpace is announcing a formal ‘Call for Artists’ for paid artists for a special new performing arts program that furthers our mission to make performing arts inclusive and accessible to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing beginning Summer 2016.

Region Arts & Culture Council (RACC) LogoThis exciting program is made possible with thanks to partial grant funding generously awarded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and Work for Art. This funding allows us to cover event expenses and crucially, participating artists and event staff will receive fiscal support and compensation for their services.

This Arts & Accessibility showcase series of performing arts events will demonstrate how technology and the celebration of Deaf Culture can transform accessibility from an after-thought, into an art form of its own merit. This new project will also present new opportunities for underserved Deaf artists to develop their artistic practices and share their work with new hearing audiences.

If you are interested in participating in this program as a performing artist, please complete this brief proposal form below. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close May 15th 2016 whereupon final selections will be announced.

Part-time freelance grant writer needed

CymaSpace, a young but fast growing non-profit based in SE Portland is looking to hire a paid part-time freelance grant writer.

Our mission is to make performing arts more accessible & inclusive to the Deaf & Hard of Hearing through Technology, Education & Outreach.

If you have experience with creating proposals and grant-writing, and the idea of working with the cutting-edge intersection of arts, accessibility and technology in an inclusive, Deaf-friendly environment excites you, we want to hear from you!

Key responsibilities

  • Work directly with Board of Directors to familiarize self with missioon and needs of the Deaf community
  • Take on responsibility of submitting LOIs and applying for grants on a recurring part-time basis.
  • Maintain database and Google calendar of existing and new grant resources, deadlines and main points of contact.
  • Coordinate with volunteers and project collaborators to collect materials and documentation as needed for each grant application.
  • Submit letters of interest and grants both electronically and via postal mail.
  • Work with other volunteer grant writers collaboratively and in a mentoring role.


    • Interest in non-profit and charity work (especially in the arts and accessibility).
    • Experience submitting LOI proposals and grant applications (preferably demonstrable prior success in winning and securing funds).
    • Able to commit to working a large number of hours over consecutive days to meet deadlines as they come up on a semi-regular basis.
    • Outstanding English Reading/Writing abilities.
    • Excellent project management, communication, organization and time-keeping skills (Managing grants and projects in Google Documents/Spreadsheets and keeping track of hours worked).

Priority given to candidates demonstrating:

  • Keen interest in accessibility and technology
  • Fluency in ASL (American Sign Language) & familiarity with Deaf Culture.
  • Pro-active support of local arts and culture in Portland, OR.

To apply

Send your resume, a brief introduction about why you would be a suitable candidate along with samples of prior grant applications to .

Multi-sensory Environment / Snoezelen Therapy Room serving Portland, OR

Coming soon to Portland, OR is a new multi-sensory environment / Snoezelen room specially designed for sensory therapy treatment for autism, dementia and other sensory processing disorders.
Snoezelen or controlled multisensory environment (MSE) is a therapy for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury. It consists of placing the person in a soothing and stimulating environment, called the “Snoezelen room”. These rooms are specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc. The combination of different materials on a wall may be explored using tactile senses, and the floor may be adjusted to stimulate the sense of balance. The person is usually accompanied by an aide or therapist.
At CymaSpace we feel our self-developed multi-sensory technologies would have a direct positive impact in sensory therapy applications and are looking into partnerships to make an accessible and inclusive multi-sensory environment for therapeutic treatments a reality.
If you are interested in this development please visit the following link where there is a short form that can be completed in order to receive updates on the project:

Audiolux One | The first-ever effects unit for sound-reactive visuals.

CymaSpace presents the Audiolux One

The AudioLux One is a new kind of LED lighting controller developed by the team at CymaSpace that will intelligently translate sound and music into light, color and movement. The system is specifically designed for musicians, producers and small events and provides simple, plug-and-play functionality. No complex programming or electronics know-how is required.

Make it your own. Any size LED project is possible.

Digital individually addressable LED strips are thin, flexible, power efficient and can be cut to any length which allows lighting effects to be incorporated in tight spaces and even into your existing music equipment.

For ambitious projects, it’s possible to build interactive LED installations on a large scale, with the Audiolux One sending pixel data to hundreds (even thousands of LEDs!). see some examples of such projects that we have built below.

Modular Triangle Installation at PDX Pop Now! Festival (
Audiolux One used by Esperanza Spalding’s performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! show to drive a large-scale custom LED installation.
#seeingsounds piano, custom build for Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) in collaboration with Piano Push Play.
Audiolux System installed into a large guitar pedalboard for performing artist Misled Bayonets.
Audiolux One controlling digital LEDs installed in an electronic snare drum. (

Hackable, open-source software.

For the software programming-savvy, the hardware has been designed around the Open-Source Arduino architecture allowing for complete freedom to customize the visualization or modify the hardware functionality of the in-built knobs and footswitch. As the community of Audiolux One users grows, you can expect to see new visualizations being created and shared. If you don’t know how to program, you can still upload new presets over USB with any Windows/Mac/Linux computer and change up the visualizations.

Every purchase of an Audiolux One benefits CymaSpace.

A percentage of proceeds from every sale of the Audiolux One will be donated directly to CymaSpace to help our organization continue it’s mission of making performing arts more inclusive and engaging to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

To learn more or purchase an Audiolux One System head over to it’s dedicated website:

Cymatic Lighting – A Modern “Visual Sound” System for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

At CymaSpace, we are working to make performing arts more accessible and inclusive to the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing. The team behind our innovative Technology Program are proud to announce our newest development:

Cymatic Lighting – A Modern “Visual Sound” System for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

An open source Cymatic Lighting system that allows the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing to see music & alerts using the Arduino hardware platform & digital individually addressable LEDs. Source code and information on how to purchase or rent the system can be found at the bottom of this page.

1 in 8 Americans & 360 million people globally live in partial or complete silence due to hearing loss. Cultural events (performing arts & social gatherings) are a powerful way to bring communities together; however the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) are often excluded their benefits. When such events rely on sound to deliver their experience or message, organizations & artists often overlook equal access as they lack resources or awareness to ensure their event activities are accessible to those who cannot hear.

Deaf Want Music Too

To address this need, CymaSpace serves the community providing advocacy for DHH patrons as well as access to ASL interpreters, accessible technologies and Deaf awareness training to art organizations, venues, festivals and individual artists.

Through the CymaSpace Technology Program, we are developing hardware & software solutions to intelligently translate audio into light & vibration, sound can be seen & felt not just heard. When applied to performing arts; DHH & hearing audiences respond positively, reporting new appreciation for art mediums previously thought inaccessible. Many state the developments encourage them to attend events & socialize more. DHH artists could follow rhythms & perform alongside hearing peers. Others express a desire to use the technology at home for their entertainment system or even alert/safety systems.

LED strips up to 24 ft are easy and mostly "plug and play". Bigger and more complex installations, as well as permanent installations, are also possible.

The Cymatic Lighting System represents a significant first step in providing equal access to sound & music during performing arts & social events. Our affordable to purchase, rent or easy-to-build, open-source sound-reactive LED lighting system can be used in a variety of applications such as creating a visually compelling lighting addition to performance stages or integrated into architecture and even furniture. Incorporating Cymatic Lighting into your events has been shown to increase attendance by the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing community and is a great way to improve equal access.

A video posted by CymaSpace (@cymaspace) on

If you are interested in incorporating Cymatic Lighting into your own venue, event or artistic practice there currently several options available:

Cymatic Lighting System Rental
The system can be rented from CymaSpace and temporarily installed at your event. Please Contact Us directly for rental inquiries.

Purchase a System through Audiolux Devices
Audiolux Devices (, offer the system, built to order in a rugged, easy-to-use and compact kit that can be purchased and even customized to fit your unique needs.

Build your own
The source-code and basic getting started instructions on how to build your own Cymatic Lighting System have been released over on our Github page (

CymaSpace Seeks Part-Time Development Coordinator

CymaSpace ( is a young but fast growing non-profit based in SE Portland and is looking to bring on a Development Coordinator in a freelance capacity. This is a part-time position where you’ll ideally be available to work on-site for an average 15-20 hours per month with a flexible schedule of your choosing.

Our mission is to make the performing arts more accessible and inclusive to Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities by supporting the development of projects and education programs utilizing Cymatic technology (translating sound waves into visual and tactile phenomena) and presenting these works in live performance, workshops and exhibits.

We believe that when artists involve more of the senses, their work is not only more accessible and inclusive, but also more engaging and exciting.

Key Responsibilities

  • The Development Coordinator will be expected to contribute to the organization’s financial growth and ensure that all fundraising events and initiatives are in alignment with their mission and goals.
  • Develop and execute a fundraising plan to increase contributions from all sources, including foundations, individuals, and corporate gifts & sponsorships.
  • Plan special events, along with cultivation, marketing and recognition functions. These include the Annual Fundraiser and other events.
  • Oversee production of all print and virtual public relations and marketing materials, including newsletters and updates, and annual reports.
  • Assist with organizations website and public information communications.
  • Increase the donor’s base and direct the activities to diverse type of communities.


  • Qualified applicants will have one to three years of experience in fundraising and marketing for a nonprofit.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but will consider equivalent experience.
  • Experience submitting proposals and grant applications (preferably with demonstrable prior success).
  • Outstanding English Reading/Writing abilities.
  • Excellent communication, organization and time-keeping skills (We love Google Documents & Slack).

Not required but greatly preferred

  • Professional interest/experience with one or more of the following: Deaf Culture, Technology, Performing Arts & Accessibility.
  • Familiarity or fluency in ASL (American Sign Language)
  • Familiarity with WordPress CMS


$12 per hour plus bonuses for hitting fiscal targets.

To apply

Send your resume along with a brief introduction to yourself and your Development Coordination skills and why you are interested in working with CymaSpace to .

Special CymaSpace Discounted tickets “The Liar” ASL Interpreted Show on June 20th 2015 at Artists Repertory Theatre

In a special collaboration between CymaSpace & Artists Repertory Theatre, we are excited to offer a special discount to patrons of CymaSpace for an ASL interpreted theatrical production of “The Liar” on June 20th 2015.

Show description:

From the brilliant, comedic mind of David Ives (All in the Timing, Venus in Fur) comes a hilarious “translaptation” of this 17th Century French romp, replete with wild misassumptions, mistaken identities and tangled truths. Played out in outrageously clever verse, expect lightning-fast pace, anachronistic twists and a hip cast, with plenty of nods to Corneille’s neo-classical original.

To receive your discounted tickets:

Visit the Online Ticket Bookings Link:
Price: $10.00 (over 75% discount!)
Restrictions: Valid only for Saturday, June 20 2:00 PM matinee performance of “The Liar” at Artists Rep
Note: Seating will be assigned for all web sales. To request seating in our interpreted section or for any other special requests, please contact Artist Rep via email.