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 #3: Jazz Music

 

This week we’ll focus on Jazz Music — examining objects like the painting Hommage à Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald's awarded Champagne Goblet. 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: Painting Jazz- Hommage à Bessie Smith

 

Can you hear this painting? "Hommage à Bessie Smith" (1987) by Senegalese artist Iba N'Diaye honored the legendary blues African American singer --- Bessie Smith. This art piece captures the charged atmosphere of the jazz clubs of Harlem and Montmartre and highlights the potency of shared artistic expressions of Black Jazz musicians from the early to mid-20th century.

 

 

Check out this post-lesson activity about What Makes the Blues: https://bit.ly/3hqCF7z

 

 

Day 2: The History of Ella Fitzgerald's A-Tisket-A-Tasket

 

Ella Fitzgerald (known as the Queen of Jazz), along with Van Alexander, took a children’s nursery rhyme about a little girl who had lost her little yellow basket and recorded it as a catchy popular song in 1938. Her version of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” became a huge hit. Did you know how Fitzgerald got the idea? Check out the below video! 

 

 

 

Check out this post-lesson activity about A Nursery Rhyme Craft: https://bit.ly/3cXEMMB

 


 

Day 3: Ella Fitzgerald's one of a kind Champagne Goblet

 

"Did your voice really shatter the glass?" This is a question that Fitzgerald was being asked so many times and still wondered by today’s people because of a famous advertising campaign of Memorex cassettes in the 1970s. 

 

 

 

Check out this post-lesson activity about Musical Water Glasses: https://bit.ly/2Bbp17v

 

 

Day 4: The First Lady of Song 

 

There are many reasons Ella Fitzgerald is called “The First Lady of Song.” One of them is because she rose against racism and sexism and broke down seemingly impossible barriers with her versatile voice and convictions. In this video, Dr. John Hasse tells us a little about Fitzgerald’s difficult early life.   

 

 

 

Check out this post-lesson activity about Jazz as A Civil Rights Movement: https://bit.ly/2AAFX7I

 

 

Day 5: Cab Calloway’s Jazz Profile 

 

Dr. Dwandalyn Reece introduces you to Cab Calloway and his great influences in American music history.

 

 

And we strongly recommend you to check out this historic video from the movie "Stormy Weather" (1943) featuring Cab Calloway and Nicholas Brothers.

 

 

Check out this post-lesson activity about Scat Singing: https://bit.ly/2zwQMqO

 

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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.

 

All videos and contents are for educational purposes only.