Featuring the work of Deaf artists around the world, DAS sponsored “Let There Be Light” a De’VIA ARTivism exhibit at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington DC. Many people have never seen works of art produced by Deaf and Deaf-blind people specifically about the Deaf experience. Deaf visual expression has historically revolved around two central themes: resistance to oppression and affirmation of self-worth & liberation. Using a variety of mediums, works explored themes of imprisonment vs freedom – and darkness vs light was the the focal point of the exhibit at Pepco Edison Gallery. The exhibit also included art completed by Deaf people in who are in prison. Before the exhibition began, over 130 artworks were submitted by almost 50 Deaf artists. Over 80 works were selected by over 45 Deaf artists, names below.