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August Wilson and the Blues
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In this video from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand the playwright discusses the influence that the blues has had on his writing. The clip also features a performance from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and commentary from several theater scholars.

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Art History
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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PBS Learning Media
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04/21/2023
Baby Carriers | Indigi-Genius
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Ever since there have been babies, there has been a need to carry those babies. The cradleboard is art meets science and function for parents and children. This unique design was made for easy transport and care of a child.

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Applied Science
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Engineering
History
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09/05/2023
Becoming an Orchestra Conductor | Treasures of New York: "Juilliard"
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In order to practice conducting, you need an orchestra! Learn about what it takes to become an orchestra conductor in this video from Treasures of New York: Juilliard. At Juilliard, the world-famous performing arts school located in New York City, students have the opportunity to work with musicians to hone their conducting skills.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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04/21/2023
Behind the Scenes of No Hablo Español | Drama Arts Toolkit
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“No Hablo Español” explores the conflicted cultural identity of a Latina high school student who can’t speak Spanish. Playwright Rosa Estevez explains why parents born in a Spanish-speaking country might prefer English for their children. People behind the scenes describe the play’s fresh pathways for discussing cultural identity, the importance of authenticity and language, and the role of the dramaturg in advocating for the playwright. The play was part of the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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03/13/2023
Behind the Scenes of the Balcony Scene | Great Performances: Romeo and Juliet
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Learn how the National Theater conceived a new version of the iconic Balcony Scene in this behind-the-scenes mini-documentary about the making of Great Performances: Romeo and Juliet. During the ongoing shutdown of London due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Theater created a compelling hybrid of theater and film that brings an exciting contemporary perspective to the play.

“Shakespeare’s potential for reinvention is endless,” said director Simon Godwin. “Over 17 days of filming, the company was united by a sense of shared exploration. As well as being given intimate access to the thoughts and feelings of characters, we were able to bring to life remarkable, forgotten spaces at the National Theatre. Desire, dreams and destiny came together to make Romeo & Juliet sing in an entirely new way.”

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Performing Arts
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04/25/2024
Ben Venom is a Punk Rock Quilter: What's Your Style? | KQED Art School
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San Francisco's Ben Venom creates punk quilts for everyday rockers who want to be cozy, as well as quilts that are a little less functional and sit more comfortably in a framed-art context. Venom takes his inspiration from the historical and social aspect of quilting, and particularly the Gees Bend community of quilters in Alabama, who are highly regarded as some of the most significant contributors to African American art history.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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PBS Learning Media
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01/05/2024
Bill Rice: Holocaust
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Bill Rice recalls how German soldiers began surrendering towards the end of the war in Europe. He also discusses how his platoon was involved in liberating prison camps in Germany in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War."

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History
World History
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10/23/2023
Black Roller Skaters Are Carrying Forward LA's Iconic Scene | If Cities Could Dance
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In Los Angeles, jam skaters draw from a community and culture built over generations at Venice Beach and at rinks across the city. Over the past year, roller skating hit the mainstream as a safe and relatively accessible pandemic-era pastime, its international popularity bolstered by people recording their shaky progress on social media. Skates were sold out for months, and skaters have become major influencers on Instagram and TikTok. But longtime skaters are quick to remind everyone: This isn’t a fad.

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03/06/2023
Blend Phonemes, Practice Long "I"
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Blend phonemes and practice long "i" sounds with NYCDOE Universal Literacy Reading Coach Anna Scretching-Cole. Students will practice blending and reading with the long "i" sound with a focus on the "igh" and "-y" spelling.

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Education
Elementary Education
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Date Added:
03/06/2023
Blue Corn Mush - Indigi-Genius
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When it comes to corn, Indigenous people have long known the benefits. Host Dr. Lee Francis of Laguna Pueblo discusses the health benefits of a classic Indigenous staple food: blue corn mush. What makes blue corn blue? Why is ash added to traditional blue corn mush? What makes it so healthy?

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Applied Science
Environmental Science
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
09/05/2023
Boal Behind the Scenes | Drama Arts Toolkit
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Andrew Branca, a high school student from Central Academy of Technology and Arts, in North Carolina talks about how he was inspired to write Boal after attending a summer theater workshop on Brazilian theater activist Augusto Boal. Cast members discuss what it was like to collaborate on the playwriting process and why they felt it was important to start a serious discussion on racism and Islamophobia.

Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.

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Arts and Humanities
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
03/13/2023
Bollywood Reinvented | If Cities Could Dance
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Dancer Amit Patel is reinventing Bollywood dance and making space for queer expression in the South Asian community. At 10, he began Bollywood dance training with Mona Khan Company and later started contemporary dance. He realized he could express himself outside of Bollywood’s traditional male roles. Today, he teaches "Bollywood Heels," a mix of Kathak gestures and jazz performed in 5-inch heels.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
03/06/2023
Boogaloo: The Dance That Defined Oakland's Culture | If Cities Could Dance
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Inspired by James Brown and the Black Panthers, the Black Resurgents are one of the dance crews who pioneered Oakland's boogaloo dance, the foundation of many other funk styles. However, their cultural contributions are little-known outside of the Bay. Meet these veteran dancers passing on their tradition to a new a generation, bridging the gap between boogaloo, pop-locking and turf dancing.

Oakland, California, home to the Black Panthers, also birthed the pioneering funk-driven freestyle dance Oakland Boogaloo, characterized by strong hits and poses. In the late 1960s and 1970s, before the emergence of hip hop, the city’s African American youth took inspiration from James Brown, the Temptations, Charlie Chaplin, cartoon characters, and sci-fi robots, and created a repertoire of original moves like the “Dime Stop,” the “Hit, the “Mack Pose” and “the Ditallion.” Youth in nearby San Francisco and Richmond soon developed variants of boogaloo, respectively known as strutting and robotting. Today, these techniques are collectively known as “the funk styles,” owing to their development during the funk era. Despite its pioneering status, Oakland boogaloo’s cultural contributions are little-known outside of Bay Area dance circles.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Date Added:
03/06/2023
Cartography | Indigi-Genius
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Cartography is the art and science of graphically representing a geographical area on a flat surface such as a map. For Indigenous peoples, cartography is more than just topography or mapping locations. For many Indigenous communities, it's about values, culture and traditional understandings.

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Cultural Geography
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
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Lecture
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
09/05/2023
Cartoon Style with Sirron Norris | KQED Art School
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Meet San Francisco artist Sirron Norris, who discusses his public and commercial art projects. Although he works on projects like "Bob's Burgers," he still makes time to teach a cartoon-drawing class for kids every Saturday. He says that the best part about drawing cartoons is that there's no expectations. He teaches the children this, and that as long as they are proud of what they've created, then what they've created is perfect.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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Activity/Lab
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
01/12/2024
Chad Hasegawa: How a Fine Artist Uses House Paint: What's Your Style? | KQED Art School
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Chad Hasegawa paints portraits of bears and notable artists, and his style is influenced heavily by the Abstract Expressionist movement, and a thrifty approach to materials. He has created murals throughout San Francisco and shown his paintings and sculptures in galleries. His work balances between abstract and figurative art, with dense, wild brushstrokes that are often pieced together to create recognizable forms.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
01/05/2024
Chicana Dance Crew Blends Tap and Mexican Footwork | If Cities Could Dance
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La Mezcla is an all-female San Francisco dance company rooted in Latinx traditions, Chicano culture and social justice. Founder Vanessa Sanchez and the other dancers blend tap dance and zapateado or traditional footwork from Veracruz, Mexico, to create a style they call “zapatap.” Watch as they perform dynamic choreography in front of iconic Mission District murals and landmarks, then bring us back to the 1940s West Coast Zoot Suit era (popularized by Bay Area playwright Luis Valdez) when young Mexican-Americans or “pachucas” proudly repped Chicana identity and resistance, while defying cultural and style taboos. Rocking big hair and flashy zoot suits, the women of La Mezcla reclaim this early history, combining tap with son Jarocho Zapateado.

If Cities Could Dance is a Webby Award-winning video series featuring dancers from cities across the United States. Step into the shoes of dancers from across the country who dare to imagine what it would look like if their city could dance.

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Arts and Humanities
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03/06/2023
Chompers | Media Arts Toolkit
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Chompers is a trio of abstract coyotes with levers to lift and lower their heads and open their mouths so that they can appear to be howling at the moon. They were built by the artists at Opera-Matic, a neighborhood art group from Chicago that specializes in community engagement. Opera-Matic was invited to bring Chompers to the BLINK festival in Cincinnati. The BLINK festival was a celebration of light and art with a focus on interactivity. The “coyotes” were a big hit with festival-goers, especially children. They are mounted on recycled ice cream bikes for easy mobility in parades.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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PBS Learning Media
Date Added:
06/08/2023
Climate Models
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This video explains how scientists construct computer-generated climate models to forecast weather, understand climate, and project climate change. It discusses how different types of climate models can be used and how scientists use computers to build these models.

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Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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ThinkTV
Date Added:
10/27/2014