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henry fonda in the grapes of wrath

Series

The Grapes of Wrath: Voice and Vision

Help students build a framework in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Article

Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Explore the most popular ballet of all time

Conducting choir

Article

Understanding Different Voice Types

A look at vocal types and the various colors and textures of the human voice

Earworm

Your Brain On Music

Earworms

When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains

Great white shark

Your Brain On Music

Chills and Thrills: Music That Goes Bump in the Night

Music that goes bump in the night

Skeleton Story

Article

The Skeleton of a Scary Story

Have you ever wanted to scare your friends around the campfire? This article will tell you how!

Halloween Spooktacular

Cuesheet

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular!

Is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? It is on Halloween!

Hip-Hop artists

Series

Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice

Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?

Words of Love

Article

Love in Poetry and Words

Love: the wit, wisdom, and poetry it inspires

Poetry

Audio Series

Poetry Out Loud

How does poetry change when it transforms from written to spoken word?

Bessie Smith

Article

Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art

How to hear Bessie Smith “sing” in Romare Bearden’s art

Alvin Ailey's Revelations

Master + Work

Alvin Ailey and Revelations

Find out how Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance

Jazz In DC

Audio Series

Jazz in DC

Jazz musicians Billy Taylor and Frank Wess lead you through their hometown's music scene in this six-part audio series

Teens on Laptops

Collection

ARTSEDGE Flash Interactives

Legacy tools built in Flash, which is not supported on some popular mobie devices.

Article

Norman Rockwell and The Problem We All Live With

In The Problem We All Live With, artist Norman Rockwell took a stand against racism

We Shall Overcome mural

The Story Behind The Song

We Shall Overcome

In this story, find out how a song helped steel the courage of African Americans as they struggled for civil rights

President Obama

Article

Picturing the Presidency

Shadowing the president is difficult, but White House photographers must capture every moment for history

Loie Fuller

Article

The Rebellious Streak: Dancing to Different Rules

Early modern dancers were rebels who weren't afraid to redefine dance

USMC Memorial

The Story Behind The Song

The Marines' Hymn

This article gives you the stories behind the words—“From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli”

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Kathryn Bostic

Article: Q&A with Kathryn Bostic
Kathryn Bostic, music arranger for Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, shares her thoughts on sharing stories through music and music’s central role in the Civil Rights Movement.

pointe shoe

Gear: Pointe Shoes
What makes dancing en pointe possible? Footwear called pointe shoes. With their flat, stiff fronts and special construction, pointe shoes give ballerinas the footwear that helps them stay on their toes and wow audiences

Ear buds in love

Article: Perfect Harmony: Singing the Love
Nothing sings romance like a love song. And people have been singing them for thousands of years.

Little Dancer

Article: On Stage: Little Dancer
This feature includes background about the musical Little Dancer as well as an interpretive piece for younger audience members about the play’s more sensitive themes

Singing at Piano

Article: No Singer is an Island
Some thoughts on being a musical teamplayer

Conductor at Concert

Field Guide: Musical Must-Do's
Everything you need to know before you go to a symphonic, orchestral, or jazz concert performance

Article: Music as Dance’s Muse
Music is a muse for four different American choreographers

Merce Cunningham

Master + Work: Merce Cunningham and BIPED
Discover how Cunningham's abstract choreography was inspired by his innovative use of technology

Martha Graham

Series: Master + Work
Meet the masters...the talented artists who have created some of the most outstanding achievements of the twentieth century

Martha Graham

Master + Work: Martha Graham and Appalachian Spring
Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language while exploring the depths of human emotion

Words of Love

Article: Love in Poetry and Words
Need the right words for Valentine's Day? Let the great poets, writers, and thinkers share their thoughts

henry fonda in the grapes of wrath

Series: The Grapes of Wrath: Voice and Vision
This collection of suggested lessons and activities aim at helping students build a framework, from various perspectives of the 1930s, in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Theater collage

Article: It's Not Just a Stage
How to find your way around a theater, onstage and off

Children Singing

Article: Singing in an Ensemble
Learn how to sing with a group of friends, family, or classmates

Hip-Hop artists

Series: Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice
Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?

Bessie Smith

Article: Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art
Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting

American Flag

The Story Behind The Song: God Bless America
In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit

George Balanchine

Master + Work: George Balanchine and Agon
Discover why Balanchine has been called "the father of American Ballet" and even the greatest choreographer of all time

Kennedy Center Opera House

Field Guide: A Field Guide to Theaters
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a theater

Children Observing a Painting

Field Guide: A Field Guide to Galleries
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a gallery

Music Festival

Field Guide: A Field Guide to Festivals
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a festival-style setting

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Field Guide: A Field Guide to Concert Halls
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a concert hall

Jazz Trio

Field Guide: A Field Guide to Clubs
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a club setting

Aaron Copland

The Story Behind The Song: Fanfare for the Common Man
After the U.S. entered World War II, this brass and percussion piece sounded the call to service and sacrifice.

Earworm

Your Brain On Music: Earworms
When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains

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