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Nebraska History Moments in Language Arts and Fine Arts

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Nebraska fun facts that are historical, arts related, science and literature based. This content falls under Nebraska State standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

Into the Field | Archaeology Field School Abroad: Art Lesson Clip

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Learn about the graphic art found at the Chavin de Huantar archaeology site in Peru, and how this art was used to help develop “the idea of authority” in this region, setting the social structure “that certain people had a right to rule and a right to make demands and a right to basically run the world…” (Into the Field: Archaeology Field School Abroad, 2015). 

The Lancers Quadrille | The Civil War Era

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In this video, the Berea Festival Dancers perform two sets of The Lancers Quadrille, a social dance that was popular in Civil War-era America.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin | The Civil War Era

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This is a reader’s theater performance of a scene from George Aiken’s 19th-century dramatization of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this scene, the escaped slave Eliza reunites with her husband George and their friend Phineas. She recounts how she crossed the Ohio River with their child while escaping from slave hunters. Phineas warns them that the hunters are still in pursuit. Their exaggerated language and performance are characteristic of melodramas, which were popular at the time.

Islamic Art | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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The Islamic Empire once stretched from the Atlantic Ocean in the West, to India and the borders of China in the East. Over many centuries, the artistic traditions of these different regions merged into an identifiably Islamic style. The traveling exhibition "Palace and Mosque" features a world-renowned Islamic art collection. In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a guided tour of the exhibition by Tim Stanley, senior curator for the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, provides a historical perspective and cultural context for understanding Islam through religious art.

For more resources like this, visit the collection Promoting Understanding: Islam.

Duke Ellington Plates | History Detectives

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THE DETECTIVE: Tukufu Zuberi.

THE PLACE: Brooklyn, New York.

THE CASE: 1941, Manhattan bustles, and New York City’s newest subway line – the "A" train – is moving people in more ways than one. A new instrumental "Take the 'A' Train," rolls up the charts and will become the signature song of pianist Edward Kennedy Ellington. The song, written by Billy Strayhorn, will bring financial success to a pioneering music publishing venture, owned by Duke Ellington. More than half a century later, Garfield Gillings, of Brooklyn, New York, has made a discovery, boxes of sheet music in a dumpster. Among the paper scores are metal sheets that look like printing plates for “Take the 'A' Train." History Detectives sets out to find the story behind these plates and to determine the role they played in this jazz classic.

Si a la Cultura: El Tango

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Video que presenta aspectos históricos socioculturales de la evolución del Tango, mencionando los elementos musicales y culturales que se identifican en este género. También, presenta elementos de movimiento corporal asociado al baile e identifica y menciona elementos coreográficos para el manejo de cuerpo. Permite la integración con Bellas Artes, Educación Física y Estudios Sociales al analizar una destreza, con elementos estéticos, perteneciente a una cultura específica de una región, con una diversidad cultural e histórica representada en el Tango.

This video presents historical and sociocultural aspects of the evolution of Tango, mentioning the musical and cultural elements that identify this genre. It also presents the elements of the movements associated with the dance and identify and mentions choreographical elements for the body's movements. This video permits the integration with the arts, physcial education, and social studies, analysing the dexterity with aesthetical elements belonging to a specific culture from a region with history and cultural diversity represented in the Tango.

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Dunseith

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The closing of the former San Haven Tuberculosis Sanitarium in 1989 resulted in the loss of 400+ jobs. While efforts to rehab that beautiful building failed, it did result in attracting other businesses to replace the jobs in Dunseith, Rolla and Rolette.

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 | Jamestown

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Trying to create an inviting downtown that draws residents and tourists alike, developers, including The Marcil Group, have led the way in rehabbing downtown buildings in Jamestown for a variety of uses. The Franklin School is a prime example of preserving an historic landmark building.

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.”

The Artistry of Charly Hamilton

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Examine the career of visual artist Charly Hamilton.  The content coordinates with the video and lesson plan "Zany Human and Animal Portraits in the Style of Charly Hamilton".

MN Original | Photographer David Bowman

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Watch how in a search for the headwaters of Lake Superior for his narrative landscape project, LAKEHEAD, photographer David Bowman further connects with his family roots.

In addition to fine art photography, Bowman works editorially and commercially. His work can be seen in Vanity Fair, TIME, Glamour, Target, National Geographic, ESPN and Dwell. In 2013, Bowman became an independent member of National Geographic Creative, and in 2014 he was named Best Of ASMP by the American Society of Media Photographers.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Leav Interactive Art App

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Learn how the Leav iPhone app, a project of Six Impossible Things, allows people to unlock art experiences throughout the Twin Cities based on environmental factors like location, season and time of day.

Leav’s team commissions work from local artists, including writer and man-about-town Andy Sturdevant, that ranges from self-guided artist studio tours to dance performances to literary readings.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

The Artistry of Dan Pleska

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Learn how woodworker Dan Pleska creates works of art from raw materials. The program supports the demonstration video Fabulous, FUNctional Furniture like Dan Pleaka's

Jane Frenke l Fabric Artist

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Learn how Jane Frenke uses fabric, a sewing machine, and her creativity to create works of art.

Prairie Churches | Count Berthold von Imhoff (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn about a German immigrant artist, Berthold von Imhof, who began in eastern Pennsylvania, then moved to Saskatchewan, his base for work that spread to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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