FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids with the Smithsonian
As our thoughts turn to summer, our FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids series also shifts from in-depth virtual classes to lighter online learning. In affiliation with the Smithsonian, FTH EDU will be exploring their Year of Music collection and video archive: #1 Blues, Rock & HipHop; #2: Latin Music; #3: Jazz; and #4: Folk & Country. Students of all ages will enjoy viewing items from the Smithsonian, such as bomba drums and Ray Charles’ keyboard, and then digging in with post-video activities. Flushing Town Hall is pleased to be a Smithsonian Affiliate and hopes you enjoy investigating their collection as much as we do. Special thanks to Jennifer Brundage, National Outreach Manager for assisting us with this project.
All videos come from the Smithsonian's Year of Music website, at music.si.edu.
Week #2: Latin Music
This week we’ll focus on Latin Music — examining objects like Celia Cruz’s Cuban Rumba dress and Poncho Sánchez’s congas. Students of all ages will enjoy viewing items from the Smithsonian and then digging in with post-video activities. Flushing Town Hall is pleased to be a Smithsonian Affiliate and hopes you enjoy investigating their collection as much as we do.
Day 1: Celia Cruz- Her Legacy at the Smithsonian
All Cubans know Celia Cruz (1925-2003) and she was celebrated internationally as the “Queen of Salsa.” Marvett Perez (1961-2013), curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, introduces you to who Celia Cruz was and presents stage wardrobe collections once worn by Cruz.
Check out this post-lesson activity about Singing All Pains Away: https://bit.ly/3dJ5YQp
Day 2: Why Is Celia Cruz Called the Queen of Salsa?
Mincy, a student, speaks with Ariana A. Curtis, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, to discuss how Celia Cruz celebrated her Cuban American identity as one of the first women salsa singers.
Check out this post-lesson activity about A Cuban Cookie Recipe: https://bit.ly/2Yb6ssd
Day 3: How is the Puerto Rican Bomba Drum Created?
From lively Mariachi to poetic Jíbaro music to the rhythmic Bomba and Plena, Latino music is marked by its longstanding traditions and unceasing creativity. This video introduces one of the first music genres in Puerto Rico --- Bomba.
Check out this post-lesson activity about Puerto Rican Music: https://bit.ly/2XGv5hm
Day 4: Are there different types of congas?
This video explores the differences between two congas which are owned by two professional congueros --- Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaría (1917-2003) and Mexican American singer Poncho Sánchez (1951-present).
Check out this post-lesson activity about Birds of Cuba: https://bit.ly/2MGZYMo
Day 5: Oral History Interview with Juan Gutiérrez and his daughter Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera
Founded in 1983 by Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros De La 21 (LP21) is an East Harlem-based performing ensemble that strives to foster the awareness and appreciation of traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music in the continental United States. You may have seen LP21’s performances on stage at Flushing Town Hall. This oral interview will present how LP21 celebrates the traditional music while fuses it with other genres of their urban soundscape.
Check out this post-lesson activity about Call and Response: https://bit.ly/37aAYqd
Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids.
Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.
Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.
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