The year began with the conclusion of one major national production and
the start of another, both with special educational components for students
Scenes from Modern Life was a widely viewed look at the life and
work of the 19th-century Philadelphia artist. The final component of the
high-definition television production was an online
teachers resource guide keyed to a DVD of the program. Lesson
plans were designed for grade levels nine through 12, and covered Social
Studies, History, Art History, Language Arts, Studio Art, Technology,
and American History. They are available free to teachers everywhere.
Another project with a significant educational component is Denyce
Graves: Breaking the Rules. This jazz, gospel and classical music
concert, staged and recorded by WHYY in June at the Mann Center for the
Performing Arts, is scheduled for national broadcast in March 2004. Teachers
in the School District of Philadelphia used WHYY-produced lesson plans
in the weeks before the concert and hundreds of students attended a free
dress rehearsal, getting lessons in music as well as television production.
Teachers nationwide this spring will have access to those lesson plans
on the Internet, just in time for the broadcast.
Eakins and Graves. Fine art and spectacular music. Both share WHYYs commitment to education and entertainment and to seeking out the best there is in arts and culture and sharing it locally and nationally, to distributing programs in multi-media packages that can capture the imagination, and provide all with a front row seat to excellence.