|6/19/2012 at 3:07:50 PM GMT
"Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide" Available Online
"Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide," by Paddy Bowman, Betty Carter, and Alan Govenar. Documentary Arts, 2011.
am happy to announce the online publication of an education guide that
calls upon the artistry and mastery of the National Endowment for the
Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellows to integrate folk arts across
disciplines. In addition to introducing vital music, crafts, stories,
and people from all over the U.S. and the world, "Masters of Traditional
Arts" asks, "What do you know about your sense of place? Who are
masters of tradition in your community? How can you discover more about
your traditions as well as those of other cultural groups in your
community?” By getting to know a diverse array of traditional artists
and art forms in this guide, young people and adults alike can think
more about themselves and their own traditions.
4th-12th grades across academic subjects, chapters include a variety of
activities and lessons. "Opportunities for Learning" charts content and
skills that the guide addresses in six discipline areas. "Tools for
Learning" shares overarching activities and mini-lessons that teachers
and librarians designed to reinforce higher-order reading and thinking
skills and to use rich multimedia resources in any educational setting.
This section also includes exercises on decoding different media as a
means of improving literacy. Three units ― "Sense of Place," "Sense of
Wonder," and "Sense of Discovery "― offer ways to use the materials in
the guide as separate curriculum components or integrated lessons. "Resources" include printable student handouts and annotated
bibliographies of folk arts in education publications, web sites, and
related student readings, both fiction and nonfiction.
A multimedia version of the 80-page guide at www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org
includes media clips for 26 Heritage Fellows to illustrate how
educators and students may integrate the study of the 368 artists
featured on the DVD-Rom that accompanies the free NEA publication, "National Heritage Fellowships 30th Anniversary."
A PDF version
of the "Masters of Traditional Arts" education guide is downloadable on
the NEA web site, where free copies of the anniversary publication and
DVD-Rom may be ordered at www.nea.gov/pub/pubCat.php?cat=Folk%20and%20Traditional%20Arts <http://www.nea.gov/pub/pubCat.php?cat=Folk%20and%20Traditional%20Arts>.
DVD-Rom is an interactive learning experience and the most
comprehensive documentation of the National Heritage Fellows, 1982-2011.
It includes 368 bios, 4,643 photographs, 1,724 music and interview
segments (39.75 hours), and 553 videos (10.79 hours). Whether
researching a particular art form or artist or randomly exploring this
vast cultural landscape, it is a journey across America through the
lives of people whose creativity is rooted in a deep sense of cultural
Paddy Bowman, Director