Joy2Learn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving arts education in public schools by providing free, interactive web-based presentations featuring legendary artists from different art forms discussing and demonstrating their work. The ePresentations, designed for use in grades K-12, serve as a primary resource for arts education and can be incorporated into the study of math, science, history, social sciences and more, to bolster comprehension and retention of information across disciplines.
Created by world-renowned concert pianist Alan Gampel, along with founding board members Roger Duncan and Dr. William Teaford, Joy2Learn was launched in 2000 to address the growing lack of the arts in public education. While arts education has been shown to have a positive impact on student performance and behavior, arts education is nearly absent from public schools today. Research indicates that at-risk youth and students from low-income communities may particularly benefit from access to the arts. Still, budget cuts, changing priorities and high stakes testing in core subject areas have forced difficult decisions to minimize, even eliminate, the arts in many schools. Joy2Learn aims to address this issue by using technology to provide free access to celebrated artists through compelling presentations.
Joy2Learn currently hosts seven presentations including At the Piano with Alan Gampel, Painting with Elizabeth Murray, Theatre with Hector Elizondo, Dancing with Gregory Hines, Jazz with Wynton Marsalis, Sculpture with Richard Serra and Architecture with Frank Gehry.
Joy2Learn has been featured in a documentary by the George Lucas Foundation that was presented to the United States Congress to demonstrate how technology and the Internet are transforming education. The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge website includes Joy2Learn in its arts resources for educators, and Lesley University oﬀers a course for K-12 teachers on integrating the arts and creativity into classrooms based on the Joy2Learn presentations. Joy2Learn has received ﬁnancial support from the U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Mattel Corporation, AT&T Foundation and other funders.