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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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