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The Role of the Arts

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The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a wonderful organization that provides funding to various arts groups and artists throughout the state. The story examines how arts impact areas such as quality of life, economic development and well being in a community. Come along now as we travel to Wahpeton, New Town, Watford City, Langdon and Jamestown to see the impact the organization is having on our state.

The Big Leagues | Georgia Stories

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When people think of film making, they normally think of Hollywood, however, Atlanta is has become a prominent area for the filming of movies and television programs. Atlanta has grown from small railroad town to a bustling metropolis. No matter what you are looking for you can find it there: sports, TV, news, arts, entertainment, music. Atlanta has them all.

116: Modern Georgia, Part I | Georgia Stories

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Life in Georgia has changed drastically in the past 60 years. What kids did to pass the time in the 1950s doesn't look like how kids relax today. But the ideas and emotions are the same. It is all still modern Georgia. This episode looks at how childhood activities have changed in the past 60 years, Atlanta's 60 plus year love of baseball, and, more, recently, how three Georgia kids became part of the state's growing movie industry.

Indian Pride | Treaties and Sovereignty | Part 3

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Sister Betty Jean of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut tells the story of a Mohegan elder who made a basket as a gift for a relative. On the way, he needs to quench his thirst and asks a farmer for some cider. When the farmer tries to deny the elder some cider by trying to trick him, the elder uses resources around him to teach the farmer a lesson about respecting elders and avoiding violence in conflict resolution.

The Muppet Show | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how the Muppet Show got it's start in 1976 in this exerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. This biography of Henson shows how the weekly variety format starring Kermit the Frog became the #1 show in America. Jim Henson's growing cast of characters of both puppets and humans became a sensation.

The Muppet Movie | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn about the box-office success of the first Muppet Movie in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After the success of the first two Muppet movies, Henson creates "The Dark Crystal." Thought the "Dark Crystal" fell short in ticket sales, Henson continued to push the boundaries of feature films and worked with animators for recognition as an artist and not simply an entertainer.

Primetime Puppets | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how Jim Henson's puppet work on "Sam and Friends" in college influenced his creation of Kermit and the Muppets in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson meets his future wife and fellow puppeteer Jane Nebel. As Henson's television career takes off in the spring of 1956, his brother Paul dies of injuries suffered in a car accident.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Hatsu-Obon Firing and Apprentice Reunion

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This video clip offers a detailed description of the firing of the kiln, during which several alumni come back to volunteer in honor of three women who were significant to the development of the pottery program at Saint John's University.

Indian Pride, Economic Development: Part 4

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The Rawhide Singers from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana offer a traditional song on drums. Singers include Paul Wendy Old Chief, Kenneth Old Person, Earl Old Person, and Victor Sure Chief. They are followed by Joe Garcia, a member of the San Juan Pueblo of New Mexico and president of the National Congress of American Indians. 

Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 5

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JuniKae Randall introduces Metis Dancers, dance group from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, demonstrate their craft.

Prairie Churches | A Hammer and a Nail, A Shovel and a Pail

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Learn about Father Phillip Ruhe, self-taught architect, who was responsible for the building of over 40 churches, including the elaborate Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception at Cooks Creek, Manitoba, built over 22 years by volunteer hand labor.

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota | Scenic State Park

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Learn about Scenic State Park, that has one of the most distinctive collections of decorative arts in Minnesota.

Picturing America - Dorothea Lange

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In this video from Picturing America on Screen, cinematographer Dyanna Taylor shares her earliest childhood influence: her grandmother, the renowned photographer Dorothea Lange. Taylor travels to the Library of Congress to see her grandmother's collection of photographs, including Migrant Mother, an iconic image of the 1930s. The photograph shows a poverty-stricken mother with her children and is best known for its emotional imagery and symbolic representation of Depression-era America.

Picturing America - Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Winslow Homer

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Learn about the Civil War through the art of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Winslow Homer in this video from Picturing America on Screen.  Saint-Gaudens's Robert Shaw Memorial in Boston Common depicts a resonant, courageous act of the Civil War, in which the first regiment of African American soldiers recruited in the North for the Union Army fought a doomed battle on a South Carolina fortress.

The Winslow Homer image of a soldier returning to his farm after the Civil War in The Veteran in a New Field refers to both the desolation of war and the country’s hope for the future. While the farmer’s scythe called to mind the bloodiest battles fought—and lives lost—in fields of grain, the bountiful crop of golden wheat could also be seen as a Christian symbol of salvation.

Lego Art | Off Book

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Off Book examines the growing popularity of Lego art. Lego blocks have been one of the most beloved toys in the world for decades. But, for some creators, Lego has evolved from toy to art form. In this episode, we talk with three Lego artists who have made beautiful mosaics, amazing stop-motion videos, thoughtful sculptures, and have turned these tiny building blocks into a true artistic medium.

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