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6/19/2012 at 3:07:50 PM GMT
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"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.

I 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.

Adaptable for 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 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 <>.

The 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 identity.

Paddy Bowman, Director
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