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|KQED's EdNet Brings Visual Arts into the Classroom|
San Francisco, November 8, 2006 -- SPARKed, the innovative educational outreach component of KQED's award-winning television art series, SPARK, announces two educational offshoots: "Visual Arts in Action: East-West" is now in its successful second year, and the first of 96 SPARK Educator Guides was approved by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), a service of the California Department of Education. At a time when funding for arts education is steadily dwindling, SPARKed extends the benefits of this unique television series into the classroom, directly servicing both students and teachers.
"Visual Arts in Action: East-West" project is funded by a grant made to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by the Cooper Family in memory of their son, artist Ruffin C. Cooper, who lived and made art in and about both San Francisco and New York City. Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York City and KQED Education Network have partnered together on this digital media project for the second year, providing groups of young people on both coasts of the United States an opportunity to express themselves using the visual arts.
In Northern California, the project pairs two Bay Area schools, Berkeley High School and Mission High School with artists that have been featured on SPARK. The artists conduct lectures, presentations, performances, workshops, or any combination of these activities, with the students in the classroom. The first year of the program serviced approximately 165 students from both schools. The program has since doubled, with 180 students participating from Berkeley High, and 150 from Mission High.
Upcoming "Visual Arts in Action: East-West" projects are:
November 9 -- Sound artist and former SPARK narrator Pamela Z will perform and lecture for 150 students at Mission High.
November 21 -- Australian musician Stephen Kent will do a presentation and performance at Berkeley High. Following the presentation, 30 music students will make their own didgeridoos with Stephen Kent.
December 7 -- Keith Knight, will work with Berkeley High's Leadership class by expanding on selections from his book A Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts, and brainstorming with them about their participation in upcoming community arts projects.
December 12 -- John Chiara, a photographer who turned a giant truck into a camera that takes huge pictures, will perform and lecture at Berkeley High. The students will be able to go inside of the camera and see how it works. He will also talk to them about making their own pinhole cameras.
February 15 -- Musician Wil Blades and his colleague, Peter Falacio of the Jazz Organ Fellowship will lecture and perform at Mission High. They will do the same presentation at Berkeley, date tbd.
March (date tbd) -- Naomi and Zak Diouf of Diouf Diamano Coura West African dance company will perform and lecture at Berkeley High.
CLRN is a statewide education technology service of the California Department of Education that provides educators with a "one-stop" resource for supplemental resources aligned to the State Board of Education academic content standards. KQED's addition to CLRN highlights political cartoonist and musician Keith Knight's story and art. Knight was featured on the second season of SPARK, and is currently SPARK's narrator.
The newly approved SPARK Educator Guide follows Knight as he peddles his comic strip, "the K Chronicles," at a massive comic convention. This Educator Guide explores the history and form of the cartoon. The SPARK video resource provides introductory information in Visual Arts specifically in the area of cartooning for ninth through twelfth grade students who are at grade level in a small group, individual user, large group, or computer lab situation. To download the Educator Guide, please visit CLRN's Visual and Performing Arts website, http://clrn.org/vpa/.
SPARKed is comprised of KQED staff, arts educators, artists, and partnerships with local arts organizations. To download Educator Guides or for more information about SPARKed and SPARK, visit www.kqed.org/spark.
Major support for SPARK is provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, supporting creativity and innovation in the arts since 1967, and by the KQED Campaign for the Future Program Venture Fund. Additional support is provided by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, Koret Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Helen Sarah Steyer, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and Diane B. Wilsey.
KQED Education Network works to ensure that programs have a life beyond broadcast, extending the impact of KQED's resources into the community through a range of media-making opportunities, workshops, teacher trainings, public forums and community events.
KQED Public Broadcasting, a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and KQEI 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.