ARTSReach: Black History Month
February 15–March 14, 2021
Although COVID-19 has temporarily shut our doors, we remain committed to bringing an innovative, unique, entertaining, and diverse program of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions to our audiences. In these challenging times, we all need the joy and wonder the arts give to us.
For Spring 2021, we are pleased to present monthly ARTSReach content, centered around a specific theme. For the month of February, we will be focusing on Black History Month. After registering, you will receive content for use in your classroom or virtual classroom between February 15–March 14, 2021.
Our featured content will include:
- Fly Through My Window—a virtual concert featuring children's artist Jazzy Ash. Jazzy will perform with African American folk songs like "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain," "Miss Mary Mack," and "Hambone" (featuring juba master Uncle Devin) in an interactive and educational setting. (Performance Grade Range: K–4)
- A live Q&A with Jazzy Ash on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. PST.
- Artwork analysis.
- A poetry reading.
- An activity guide.
- And more!
ARTSReach content is free for teachers and schoolchildren in Los Angeles and Ventura county, but registration is required to access this content. Please register at the link.
February 15–March 14, 2021
Once registered, do teachers receive a link with a pre-recorded performance or will it be a “live” session?
We are planning to provide a mix of materials each month in spring, and each month will have a different focus! Some examples of what you might see month to month are: pre-recorded performances, activities in visual art or music, downloadable activities for the class, and "live" interaction with an artist or staff/students when possible (for example, we are planning a live Q&A with Jazzy Ash in March!). We're hoping that giving teachers more control of when they use the pre-recorded content mixed with occasional live meetings will make it possible for more schools to participate (even if they can't make the live events).
Can more than one teacher register for the same performance?
YES! We actually encourage every classroom to register separately. Since ARTSReach is grant-funded, having it structured this way will help us get an accurate count on the number of classes and students. So feel free to share the email with all of your fellow teachers, but please have every teacher register for their own students.
Is there a limit to the amount of teachers that are allowed to register from the same school?
No limit per school! Anyone who might have interest in the materials is encouraged to register.
How can I share this video content with my class?
Videos on this page can be shared in three ways:
- Share the video with students from your device.
Play the video on your device and share your screen with your students via Zoom or whichever video conferencing platform your classroom uses.
- Send students a direct link to the video.
This link can be found by clicking on the small < icon in the top right corner of the video frame. Select Copy Link to get a link that you can share with your students. Students will need the password that was shared with you via email to play the video.
- Send students a link to the Black History Month Activities landing page.
Students will need the password that was shared with you via email to play the video. Please note that sharing this page with students will give them access to the entire slate of activities for the month.
I'm a parent. Can I offer these activities to my child directly?
YES! You are welcome to register for these activities for your child/family. We also encourage you to share the registration information with your child's teacher or school.
Why is the video content blurry or pixelated? Why is there no sound?
For the best viewing experience, select the HD icon in the bottom right corner of the video frame. Select 1080p to view the video in high definition.
The volume slider can be found in the bottom left corner of the video frame, adjacent to the Play button.
Why won’t the video content play after entering my password?
Depending on the device and web browser you are viewing the video in, you may need to click on the black video frame once or twice after entering the password in order for the video to begin playing.
How can I download the printable activities and study guide?
If you're having trouble downloading the printable activities or study guide, we recommend right-clicking the "download here" link and selecting "Download Linked File." The documents should appear in the Downloads folder on your device.
I have more questions about ARTSReach. Who should I contact?
If you have additional questions or feedback about ARTSReach, please contact Monica Chapon, Arts Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Open Monday through Friday, noon to 5 PM,
and two hours prior to most performances.