Five recipients received grants for the 2006-2007 year from the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association. Each recipient utilized the grant for his/her cultural-related project in accordance to LCCF criteria.
The summaries of this year’s recipients are described below:
Donald C. Baer, E-‘84 of Glendale, California works on the expansion of the Deaf World in Wax Museum collection by creating a new wax figure of Andrew Foster, ’54, the first black student to graduate from Gallaudet and the founder of 31 deaf schools in Africa.
Michelle A. Banks, E-’90 of Los Angeles, CA uses the LCCF grant to support her one woman show, Reflections of a Deaf, Black Woman. The show will be performed in winter 2006/spring 2007 at The Ivar Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Nebraska School for the Deaf Alumni Association focuses on the documentation and preservation of unique regional sign language found in the state of Nebraska with the money received from the LCCF. The Nebraska signs will be printed in a book form and digitized on DVD for the public.
David Riostto applies for the LCCF grant to implement his film project, "The Silent Natural – Dummy Hoy." The film is about Dummy’s life as the first deaf major league baseball player. It will be viewed in the National Hall o Fame’s First Film Festival on November 11, 2006.
Guy C. Wonder, a well known deaf artist, obtains his LCCF grant to create mixed media series of 26 artworks (letters of the alphabet) with historical deaf person’s highlights. It will eventually become a traveling exhibit.
Posted: 8 Sep 2006