6:55am

Mon May 21, 2012
Health and Welfare

State, National, and International Deaf Meetings in Kentucky

An art competition among students with impaired hearing is designed to draw attention to Kentuckians who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Six students from around Kentucky were recently named as winners of the ‘Communication…Every Word Matters’ art contest.  They’ll be featured on a fiberglass horse on display in Louisville during the Deaf-Festival in early July.  Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Director Virginia Moore says communication can be a problem when buying art.

“It is very hard for them to break into the field of art..professionally because you know you have the St. James Art Festival..we have several arts festivals out there..and communication is a barrier,” said Moore.

Also in July, the National Association of the Deaf and World Federation for the Deaf conduct meetings in Louisville.  Virginia Moore, who directs the State Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, says the events will showcase top American talent…

“And it will premiere performers from all over the nation… performing as in dance..poetry..story telling…a band…they’re all deaf,” added Moore.

The art contest winners will also work with Kentucky artist Melody T- Bock-Freeman.  The certified art teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing teaches at Eastern Kentucky University.