Off the Clock - Missouri Program Nurtures Traditional Arts, and ASL as Art Form | KBIA

Off the Clock - Missouri Program Nurtures Traditional Arts, and ASL as Art Form

May 13, 2019

Missouri has one of the oldest trditional arts apprecticeship programs in the United States. And every year, the Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program sponsors eight master artists and their apprentices - for teaching, sustaining and promoting a tranditional art form - here in Missouri. 

Smrita Dorairajan practices Bharatanatyam dance movements with Charunetha Murugeson on Friday, May 3 in the basement of her home in Columbia.
Credit Seth Bodine / KBIA

KBIA's Seth Bodine caught up with one of this year's master-apprentice duos to find out about a classical Indian dance being practiced here in the middle of Misouri: Bharatanatyam. 

Also on this edition - Producer Kassidy Arena explores the increasing popularity of American Sign Language, or ASL, as a foreign language option among college students, but finds that ASL is not always part of the deaf experience.

Credit Kassidy Arena / KBIA

Arena caught up with MU sophomore Sammie Davidson, who is deaf but doesn't feel she needs to learn ASL.

CORRECTION: The audio version of this post has been updated to remove an inaccurate statistic on the numbers of Americans impacted by hearing loss.