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(Red WingMinnesota) Five Deaf Community artists arrive at the Anderson Center this week for a monthlong residency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The five women — writers, artists and a scholar — represent the second artist residency at Tower View for Deaf artists. The NEA awarded a similar grant two years ago for individuals whose native or adoptive language is American Sign Language.

“I am deeply grateful to the NEA for supporting this second residency for Deaf artists,” said Christopher Burawa, executive director of Red Wing’s artist community.

“Two years ago the Anderson Center, under the guidance of Cynthia Weitzel, established the first monthlong artist residency in the country devoted to supporting Deaf artists,” he added.

“This was a groundbreaking event because this community has not received the benefits of the services and resources available to hearing artists.”

Weitzel, a Deaf visual artist, is a year-round studio artist at Tower View. She conceived the program and is overseeing outreach activities as well as a public presentation at the end of the residency.

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By Michelle Diament, September 17, 2013

A group of emerging artists with disabilities from across the country will take center stage at the Smithsonian Institution this fall.smithsonian

The Washington, D.C. landmark will feature works of photography, painting and sculpture, among other mediums, from 15 artists with disabilities ages 16 to 25.

Pieces were selected for the exhibit organized by VSA by a jury of art professionals and those chosen to participate in the show will each get a share of $60,000.

All of the works focus on the theme “In/finite Earth” and the intersection of environmentalism, contemporary creativity and the disability experience, organizers said.

VSA is an international organization founded by President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, that promotes opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.

The exhibit will be at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian from Oct. 1 through Jan. 5, 2014 before traveling to other museums and galleries throughout the country for display.

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