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Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Watford City

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Learn how the community of Watford City has moved old wooden structures to an historical park and preserved numerous downtown buildings with revenue from a one percent city sales tax in order to encourage tourism and economic development.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Arnegard

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Learn about the work of one former resident of Arnegard who returned home and overcame attitudes of some local naysayers to rehab the town’s 25,000-square-foot closed school, and reopen it as the "Old School Bed and Breakfast."

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands

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In this video, Dutch planners tap into their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a sustainable development in Amsterdam's abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg.

110: The Rise of Modern Georgia, Part I (Reconstruction and Growth) | Georgia Stories

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This episode tells the history of Georgia's culture from the Civil War onward. The first segment discusses the importance of trains to Atlanta both during and after the Civil War. The second segment tells the struggles of the Reconstruction era, with particular focus on the lives of sharecroppers. The final segment discusses Georgia music starting in the Civil War and the lasting impact the music of the south has had on American musical forms.

Career Connections | Hospitality Management

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Hospitality-related careers include bed-and-breakfast manager, wedding planner, and restaurant owner. Viewers will see how an understanding of both the fine arts and financial literacy are important in this line of work.

216: Modern Georgia, Part IV | Georgia Stories

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Major events and industry are vital to the Georgia economy. Each year, special events, such as conventions, trades hows, and sporting events, happen all across the state of Georgia and bring in millions of dollars. These events attract new people to the state every year, and while they are there, they can see a show that, perhaps, will feature a new up and coming artist in Atlanta's booming music industry.

Career Connections | Restaurant Management

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In this video viewers will learn why having knowledge and competence in customer service, world languages, fine arts, and financial literacy are critical for a restaurant manager.

209: The New South, Part I | Georgia Stories

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At the end of the 19th century, Georgia was undergoing many changes. The Coca-Cola company started up in Atlanta and through massive advertising campaigns came to be a worldwide brand. The Morton Theater provided a haven for African American performers to practice their craft before a crowd. And the tragedy of the lynching of Leo Frank shocked the city.

Art in the Era of the Internet | Off Book

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The Internet has created connections between people across the planet. In this episode, we take a look at the impact of this new interconnectivity on the art world. Traditional funding models are dissolving, new forms of expressing ownership have arisen to accommodate for remix culture, and artists are finding ways to connect physical art experiences and traditions to the Internet. In the digital era, the experience of art from the perspective of the artist and the art audience is shifting rapidly, and bringing more people into the creative process.

Singing with Angry Bird | Lesson Plan Clips: Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility in Cross-Cultural Exchange

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After he retired from his career in opera, Jae-Chang Kim relocated to the Indian city of Pune where he started the Banana Children’s Choir for children living in the city’s slums. Affectionately nicknamed Angry Bird by his students, Jae-Chang Kim is not attempting to train his youth choir members to work as professional musicians; instead he wants to introduce them to the world beyond Pune through music and performance. But the children’s parents, who are struggling in the economic margins, wonder if the time spent at choir practice could be better used studying and helping to earn money for the family. 

The film Singing with Angry Bird follows Jae-Chang Kim for a year as he attempts to involve the parents in the choir by inviting them to rehearse for and perform in a joint concert with their kids. As the project intersects with the choir families’ daily challenges, Angry Bird and the singers must collaborate to find new strategies to make space for the singing they love while respecting the demanding economic and cultural responsibilities of Pune’s community. 

Through the following lesson for Singing with Angry Bird, students will understand the significance of cultural competence in cultural exchange projects like the Banana Children’s Choir and assess its benefits and limitations. They will also explore the related concept of cultural humility and consider how they would integrate these approaches into theoretical cultural exchange projects of their own.

Art and Transformation | Waste Land Film Module

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In this Waste Land film module, students will meet some of the residents and works of the world’s largest landfill, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This module speaks to the theme of transformation, the power of art to transform society, and the connection between human dignity and human rights in Brazil.

Will Kickstarter Replace Hollywood? | PBS Idea Channel

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You may have heard about the recent overwhelming success of the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter, or you might have contributed yourself. This is a big moment for fan communities, with Kickstarter giving them the opportunity to challenge the closed gates of the Hollywood system. Although its funding is nowhere near the amount Hollywood invests in moviemaking each year, crowdfunding is a much better indicator of what the audience wants to see, the one area in which Hollywood has failed in time and time again.

Presenting Princess Shaw | Lesson Plan Clips

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“A free culture is one where everyone thinks of themselves as a voice in a huge choir, whose power and beauty comes from its size and diversity—where the many don’t bow to the few and the few aren’t responsible for the many.” 

- A definition embraced by the Free Culture Movement

This lesson will explore creativity and self-expression and the ways online culture has created new forms of artistic expression. Sharing and using online content in creative and new formats raises numerous ethical dilemmas regarding conditions and permissions, making it a ripe topic for classroom conversations. Through the lens of the free culture movement (sometimes identified as the open source movement or remix or hacker culture), students will explore how freely sharing music and other kinds of art on the Internet works with the notion that new art emerges from collaboration and iteration. Specifically, in the example of this film, an original song written and published on YouTube by Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery is built upon by Israeli sound artist Ophir “Kutiman” Kutiel to create something new and different that is then shared and celebrated around the world. 

Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Niche Farming | America's Heartland

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Learn how agriculture is feeding the demand of the country's growing diversity. Visit one of the county's successful niche farming operations. Over 3-dozen varieties of crops are grown here, tailored to a fast growing ethnic market. 

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