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  • By: Wylene Rholetter
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Defined broadly, artist may refer to any person who practices any creative art in which accomplished execution is informed by imagination. Thus, artist may refer to people engaged in creating works of literature, music, and visual art and to performing artists, such as dancers, designers, choreographers, comedians, storytellers, and others. In the Deaf community, as in the hearing community, artists use their creative gifts in all these areas to communicate and to connect. Deaf storytellers use sign language not only to entertain deaf—and hearing—audiences but also to transmit Deaf culture. Deaf comedians also entertain Deaf audiences, with plays, stories, and jokes, but some also use humor to advocate for Deaf rights and acceptance. Deaf dancers may belong to dance troupes within the dominant culture and ...

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