In the late 90s, world-renowned concert pianist Alan Gampel asked his tour manager to book free performances for him at public schools. Captivated by the consistently curious and eager students Alan decided all children should be able to spend time with, and learn from, great artists. Even before YouTube Alan realized the power of compelling video to engage and teach; and in 2000 he founded joy2learn to increase arts-based learning in public education using video.
In addition to Alan, joy2learn's video presentation collection now features these legendary artists:
- Gregory Hines - Dance
- Elizabeth Murray - Painter
- Wynton Marsalis - Musician
- Hector Elizondo - Actor
- Richard Serra - Sculptor
- Frank Gehry - Architect
These artists, delighted to participate and share their journey with children and educators, are eager to engage with the viewer and do so via discussions and demonstrations of their craft.
These video learning modules are designed to serve as a primary resource for the study of multiple subject areas, from the arts to history, literacy, math, science and more. While introducing students to great American artists, the presentations also bolster comprehension and retention of information across disciplines.