A local hearing impaired artist and activist will be part of one of the country's most distinguished future-looking conferences this week.
Sean Forbes, a Ferndale-based musician and rapper and co-founder of the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN), will perform and speak at the annual TEDxNASA conference on Thursday, Nov. 4, in Newport News, Va. Forbes, 28, will join more than 20 scientists, engineers, artists and others as part of a day-long discussion of "What Matters Next" in education, technology, lifestyles and the arts.
The conference will be webcast at www.tedxnasa.com.
"It's really an honor to be part of such an amazing event such as TEDxNASA, which brings together artists, engineers, rocket scientists and musicians," says Forbes, a graduate of the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology. "I'm really excited about it."
Forbes and Joel Martin, owner of 54 Sound studio in Ferndale, started D-PAN in 2008 with a goal of making music available to hearing impaired audiences through sign language videos and other technologies. D-PAN has produced videos of songs by Eminem, John Mayer and Christina Aguilera, among others, and Forbes released his first single, "I'm Deaf," earlier this year.
Other speakers at this year's TEDxNASA include "Linger" author Maggie Stiefvater, National Geographic magazine designer Oliver Uberti, app manufacturer Josh Koppel and a team of NASA researchers.
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