Thursday, December 2, 2004

State of the Arts Reaches Out to Educators

As you saw in the September issue of Pipeline, Georgia Public Broadcasting Television and Education recently collaborated to produce a brand new program called State of the Arts. The program, which premiered in June, features a variety of art forms and artists across Georgia. The second installment of the quarterly program was released in October, and covered the following topics:

* The Morris Museum
* Jack Leigh, Savannah photographer
* The Color Purple
* Atlanta Ballet
* West African Drumming
* The Fabulous Fox Theater
* The Funky Chicken Arts Project

The first and second episodes of the program may be streamed online at or recorded from satellite on Channel 420. See the listings for air dates and times.

GPB recently launched a special "For Educators" section on the State of the Arts website. This site allows educators to link to additional resources about the pieces, places, and artists explored in the show. Depending on the suitability of the topic, the format of these resources will range from direct Internet links to existing educational materials, to links to Georgia arts and cultural institutions, to lesson plans enriching the elements of the written word with video and audio clips from the show, and to material commissioned from leaders in Georgia's arts and education community. Look for connections to the Cherokee Indians in Georgia as part of the Betty Foy Sanders segment, lesson plans on the Science and Art of pottery for the Mark of the Potter and Dale Chihuly segments, Music and Language Arts lesson plans for West African Drumming, background information from The Atlanta Ballet, and much more.

All of the educational resources selected for the site are based upon the state and national curriculum standards and include a method for measuring student learning. In developing these resources, GPB has collaborated with Georgia's existing arts and education organizations whenever possible.

Educators, parents, and students are encouraged to make multiple visitors to the State of the Arts website at to view the dynamic addition of educational material and resources.