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ARTSEDGE

People's Choice:
5 votes

Institution: 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Designer: 

ARTSEDGE, Blenderbox, Hedgehog Development

Category: 

Education

Why

ARTSEDGE is the Kennedy Center’s free digital learning platform for teaching and learning in the arts. Our resources-- including lesson plans, guides, audio stories, video clips, and interactives-- are designed to support active engagement with the arts, in the classroom, at home, and beyond. 

Thanks to a comprehensive redesign of our entire Web site, accessing and navigating our robust collection of arts and arts education resources will be faster, easier, and more intuitive than ever.

But improvements don’t stop with our new interface. You’ll see big changes in the ARTSEDGE philosophy and approach. We still offer comprehensive, standards-based teaching and learning resources for the classroom—to which we’ve added a wide range of materials for use at home, in afterschool programs, and other learning environments. All-new sections designed for families and students will bring new resources to support the creative lives of parents, kids, teens and communities.

To meet the needs of these different audience groups, our collection of free multimedia and digital resources, including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules, has been rebuilt from the ground up, streamlined for easy browsing, and aligned to best practices in educational media.

Users also have the option of personalizing their online experiences with myARTSEDGE, a feature that will allow users to save, organize, and share their favorite resources. Currently in Beta, this feature-- along with many new elements-- will roll out throughout 2011, as part of the Kennedy Center's commitment to fostering education and engagement with dance, music, theater and the visual arts.