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[teacherartexchange] Arts and Culture related sites - from Scout Report


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 15 2005 - 09:40:51 PDT

Greetings List Members,

There were several arts related sites in the most recent Scout Report.
I am combining them into one post.

7. Traditions of the Sun: Chaco Culture National Historical Park
[Macromedia Flash, QuickTime]

Chaco Canyon is considered one of the most important National Historic Parks
in the Southwestern United States and the full import of the area is only
now being explored by researchers working in the area. This interactive site
was developed through a rather collaborative process between NASA's Sun-
Earth Connection Education Forum and the National Park Service at Chaco
Canyon, along with numerous other organizations and individuals. The key
tool afforded visitors to the site is the ability to explore a variety of
sites within the park that are not currently open to the public. This is
made possible through satellite photographs and aerial photos, and a
creative interface that allows users to toggle through the different areas
of the park at their leisure. The site also includes a detailed timeline of
events, numerous video clips, and an overview area which discusses the
importance of this site. [KMG]

10. The Life and Music of Celia Cruz [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]

Possessed with a remarkable voice and a flair for fashion, Celia Cruz was an
artist who brought the music of her native Cuba to millions of people around
the world for six decades until her death in 2003. Recently, the National
Museum of American History created this well-done online exhibit to
complement an in situ exhibit that is in place until the end of 2005. The
site offers three primary sections, including one that offers information
about Cruz' life (complete with rarely seen family photographs), and another
that discusses her music. In the music section, visitors can view her album
covers, listen to some of her songs, and view some archival video clips of
Cruz and her colleagues in performance. Appropriately enough, the site is
also available in a Spanish version. [KMG]

11. Art Explorer [pdf, RealPlayer]

An early innovator in the digitization of artwork (its CD of art images
"With Open Eyes" was published in 1995), the Art Institute of Chicago
presents Art Explorer, an interactive website where visitors can search for
art, save selections into scrapbooks with notes, and share the scrapbooks
with friends and students. Art Explorer focuses on the Art Institute's
Impressionist and Postimpressionist collections, and includes original
artworks, as well as additional resources, including texts, video clips,
artist biographies, activities, and games. For example, a search on the
artist Georges Seurat retrieves eight artworks, and 42 resources, including
a biographical text about Camille Pissaro, one of Seurat's contemporaries, a
classroom exercise on color mixing based on Seurat's pointillist style, and
a Postimpressionist bibliography, compiled by the Art Institute's Museum
Education Department. The scrapbook at is based on
this search. [DS]

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