Amber Galloway Gallego, the pink-haired YouTube sensation who brought American Sign Language music interpretation into the mainstream, will present a free workshop at 6 p.m. April 19 at Niagara University's Clet Hall Dining Commons.
Sponsored by the university's ASL and Deaf studies program and ASL club, the event is open to the public.
As an American Sign Language interpreter who specializes in music performance, Gallego has interpreted hundreds of concerts, working with artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith and Snoop Dogg. She appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after a handheld video of her interpreting a performance by Kendrick Lamar at Lollapalooza 2013 became a viral sensation on YouTube.
Gallego's presentation at NU will offer attendees a glimpse into the world of deaf culture through the eyes of a certified ASL professional, educator and concert interpreter. She will provide ASL demonstrations of her signing to popular mainstream songs, and present a behind-the-scenes look at how she prepares and communicates at these major events.
Unlike many institutions, NU offers a full complement of courses in American Sign Language and deaf studies. The program focuses on the development of conversational sign skills, although students may move forward into ASL interpreting programs, deaf education programs and more.
The appearance by Gallego is the latest in a series of ASL-related events at NU. Last month, NU Theatre hosted members of the local deaf community, including several students from St. Mary's School for the Deaf, for its production of "Mother Hicks." The show featured deaf actor Sam Hemphill alongside a cast of signing artists.
Deaf Access Services, which is the advertising partner for the April 19 event, has employed interns from Niagara's program, as has WNY Independent Living, Mount View Assisted Living and St. Mary's School for the Deaf.
"At Niagara University, we focus our Vincentian mission on uniquely building the language to connect us with - and help - people," said Nanette L. Harmon, a faculty fellow at NU and coordinator of its ASL and deaf studies program.