Joy2Learn (https://www.joy2learn.org/), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving K-12 education by integrating the arts throughout the curriculum.
Created in 2000 by world-renowned concert pianist Alan Gampel, Joy2Learn aims to increase arts-based learning in public education by using technology to bring the arts into the classroom. With this vision, Joy2Learn has produced interactive, online video presentations featuring the legendary artists Gregory Hines, Elizabeth Murray, Wynton Marsalis, Hector Elizondo, Richard Serra, Frank Gehry and Alan Gampel. Through the video presentations, the artists engage with the viewer, both discussing and demonstrating their art. These presentations 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.
In addition to the artists’ presentations, the Joy2Learn website offers lesson plans in the visual arts, social studies, science and math, all based on the video presentations, as well as other free resources for educators.
Joy2Learn’s newest offering is an online professional development course, Bringing Joy to Learning through Creativity, for teachers in any discipline. This six-week, facilitated course uses the video presentations as the foundation to explore creativity and the creative process as described by the different artists. The course then helps educators learn to incorporate creativity into their own teaching methods as well as nurturing the creativity of their students.
While a small, virtual organization supported by a Board of Directors who provide volunteer administrative and staff support, Joy2Learn has received national recognition for its pioneering work in the use of technology in education. Joy2Learn was featured in a documentary by the George Lucas Foundation that was presented to the U.S. Congress as an early demonstration of how technology could transform education. Sharemylesson.com, the American Federation of Teachers’ website, features Joy2Learn’s lesson plans and the Kennedy Center’s ArtistEdge website has included Joy2Learn in its arts resources for educators.
Joy2Learn has also received financial support from major funders including the U.S. Department of Education, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, AT&T Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and others.
Joy2Learn would greatly appreciate your support as well. You can donate here to help advance Joy2Learn’s mission. All contributions are tax deductible. The Joy2Learn Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Corporation. Tax ID #95-4132244.
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