In 1986, Roger Duncan, Alan Gampel and Dr. William Teaford created a nonprofit organization to raise scholarship funds to support talented young artists and musicians. By 2000, that original vision was transformed from supporting a few young artists into the Joy2Learn Foundation, whose mission is to improve public education by creating and providing high quality arts content to schools free of charge, via a series of Internet based presentations, using live video and other multimedia elements in an engaging interactive format.
Each ePresentation is comprised of video clips of the artist who introduces his or her art form, discusses its history, background and specificity, presents personal insights, and performs or demonstrates. The ePresentations are supported by interactive multimedia materials such as pictures, maps, text and quiz games.
The Joy2Learn ePresentations were designed specifically for use in the area of the arts, but they are also useful to illustrate and reinforce basic reading and writing skills and the study of social studies, math, science, and English language arts. They are appropriate for elementary, middle and high school. Each ePresentation is accompanied by extensive teacher material including lesson plans, which are designed to support state curriculum standards.
The practical use of the Joy2Learn ePresentations is easy and flexible. They are for students working individually in a computer lab, in a classroom with only one or several computers, or by a teacher with an overhead projector.
The George Lucas Foundation featured Joy2Learn in a documentary that was presented to the United States Congress to demonstrate how technology and the Internet are transforming education.
Joy2Learn has received financial support from the California Department of Education, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Mattel Corporation, AT&T Foundation and other nonprofit foundations. In 2005, Joy2Learn received a substantial grant from the United States Department of Education.
Recent partnerships include the Kennedy Center and their ArtsEdge website and Lesley University, which offers a course for K-12 teachers on integrating the arts and creativity into classrooms based on the Joy2Learn presentations.
A new Joy2Learn presentation featuring Frank Gehry on Architecture will be available soon!