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Censorship Still Apparent as Cuba Forges Place in the Art World

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Explore the challenges facing Cuban artists with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 30, 2015.

MN Original | Sculptor Alexa Horochowski

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Watch how multidisciplinary artist Alexa Horochowski’s work integrates unassuming materials such as Arctic sea kelp to create grand installations that speak to globalization and environmental decline.

Horochowski’s 2014 show, Club Disminución (or “Club of Diminishing Returns”), featured sculpture, installation, photography and video, and was created specifically for the Soap Factory. The work was inspired and informed by an artist residency in Chile.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Brings Back Beloved Characters and Record Ticket Sales | PBS NewsHour

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Discuss the factors that make the "Star Wars" franchise such a success with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 17, 2015.

New Underwater Vista Requires Art Lovers Take a Dive | PBS NewsHour

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Learn about a new underwater adventure for art lovers with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 5, 2016.

The Beaded Bag | A World of Stories

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Kentucky-based storyteller Mary Hamilton tells a haunting tale set in Victorian times, about a man who gives a young lady a ride across the Ohio River to her home in Louisville. When she disappears, he learns that he has become part of a sad and ghostly tradition.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories collection.

Shakespeare Inside the Classroom | Experiencing Shakespeare

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In this clip we visit a 9th grade class that is exploring the language of Romeo and Juliet by hurling Shakespearean insults at each other, and by looking at how reading the lines in different tones affects what meaning is conveyed.

Performing Shakespeare | Experiencing Shakespeare

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Student reporters meet on stage to try two different approaches to the same scene from Romeo and Juliet in order to examine the various interpretations that are possible.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

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This video segment from A Walk Through Harlem features Arthur Mitchell, the artistic director and former dancer who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  In 1968, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King had a profound impact upon Miller who decided to return to his old neighborhood to teach dance, thinking the discipline, focus and technique would energize African American children in their everyday lives. Often considered to be an excellent classical ballet dancer, Mitchell was also thought of as an exception to the rule. He believed, however, given the opportunity, African American dancers could also excel in classical ballet. The school now has more than 1000 young people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

Ancestors Talk Through Drums

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This video segment from EGG:the arts show documents Camilo Molina Gaetan, a fourth grader from Spanish Harlem, as he works to become a master drummer. He is learning to play many styles of Afro-Caribbean music like the Rumba from Cuba and the Bomba from Puerto Rico. He has been playing drums since he was four years old. Camilo wants to play all kinds of drums. His teacher enjoys teaching Camilo because he says it is important to pass the tradition down to the next generation.

White House Hosts Poetry Jam

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Poets perform their work at the first-ever White House poetry jam.

Poet Creates Identity in Verse

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Poet, playwright and editor Nathalie Handal creates identity in verse.

Actors Brush Up on Their Shakespeare

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NewsHour Arts Correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports on a school where actors go to brush up on their interpretations of Shakespeare's works.

The Last Conquistador: Should Tax Dollars Fund Controversial Art?

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This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, The Last Conquistador, the story of a controversial public arts project that some view as a monument to culture and others as a glorification of genocide. Classrooms can use this lesson to role-play how city leaders might make a decision about spending tax dollars on art that is divisive. Students can also consider public art in their community and develop proposals for new art projects that would provide the perspectives of underrepresented communities.

Public Art in the Gilded Age | Treasures of New York: "Stanford White"

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Learn about the famous statue sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, “Diana of the Tower,” that sat atop Stanford White’s Madison Square Garden during the Gilded Age in this video from Treasures of New York: Stanford White. Through video, discussion questions, and classroom activities explore how public art reflects society and serves as a vivid connection to history.

Will Development Overshadow Myanmar’s Rich Cultural History?

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Let students learn about the culture of Myanmar and its attempts at modernization with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from April 17, 2014. There is no urban landscape like Myanmar’s Yangon city in the world. Largely isolated from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar's capital city has been frozen in time, filled with temples and grand buildings from the colonial era. But as the country embraces a more open society, how will it manage to preserve its past while building its future? For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials below.

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