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Anderson Center Receives Funding for First-ever Deaf-Artists Residency Program in the U.S.

Red Wing, MN – The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN is pleased to announce that it recently received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host five Deaf American artists as part of its annual Residency Program.  Two visual artists and three representing other disciplines, whose native or adoptive language is American Sign Language (ASL), will be in residence at the historic estate throughout the month of June, 2014.  

“We at the Anderson Center are absolutely delighted by the NEA’s decision to support this important project,” says Robert Hedin, Director of the Anderson Center. “Deaf artists rarely apply for, and are accepted for residencies at artist communities. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a Center like ours will devote an entire residency period to artists of the Deaf Culture. Art itself is a universal language, but there remain many natural barriers between visual and spoken languages. In our on-going attempts to make the Anderson Center as diverse as possible, I couldn’t be more pleased to break some of these barriers down.”

The largest residential retreat in the Upper Midwest, the Anderson Center provides residencies of two to four weeks to enable writers and artists of all kinds to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress.  As a fully accredited member of the Alliance of Artists' Communities and RES ARTIS: International Association of Residential Arts Centres, the Center serves creative people of all kinds. Its interdisciplinary nature inspires creative dialogue among the disciplines and places the Center at the forefront of thoughtful exchange. Since it opened in 1995, the Center has hosted scores of visual artists, writers, performers, and scholars, from more than 45 states and 35 foreign countries.

Accepted artists will be provided room, board, a quiet work space, and travel expenses.  In addition to working on a clearly defined project, they are invited to make a substantive contribution to the community by visiting schools, senior centers, detention centers or other civic organization in Red Wing and its nearby rural communities. Each event or activity will be made accessible to engage both signers and non-signers alike.

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