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A Look at Deaf Artists

June 26th, 2012 Inspirational

Art is often used as a vehicle of self-expression. One of the greatest things about art is its accessibility to anyone, and that no matter who you are or where you come from, as long as you have the passion and the drive, you can indulge and create something. The deaf community has taken this sentiment to heart and they have rallied together to form the Deaf Professional Arts Network, or D-PAN.

The group, originally started by the deaf rapper named Forbes, includes a slew or artists that range from musicians to painters. One of their most recent achievements was a cover song of the White Stripes song "We're Going to be Friends," in which they utilize both singing and sign language to convey the lyrics. Their music video for the tune has gone viral on the internet and has already garnered more than 600,000 hits on Youtube.

Not all of the D-Pan artists are musicians. Nate Quall for example, is a talented illustrator and graphic designer who is slowly building a reputation in the visual arts community. There is also a group called Deaf Women in Film, which came together via the internet so that they could share information and support for deaf women involved in the movie industry.

Forbes is a Detroit native and also a skilled drummer. According to MLive, he lost his hearing as a baby, but his parents continued to play music throughout their home when he was a kid and he learned to enjoy it with his own individual sensory perception. The source reports that in 2010 Forbes inked a record deal with Web Entertainment, the same label that signed renowned rapper Eminem.

According to Science Daily, deaf people are able to sense music in the forms of vibration. This happens in the same place in the brain where people usually use for hearing.