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Happy National Arts and Humanities Month

The arts bring us together, tell our story, teach us history, and give us a vision for the future. Without them the world would be very dull and uneventful. To celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month, here are some resources to explore and use in your classroom. This is just a tiny sample of what’s available in PBS LearningMedia, so take a look around to discover more! These resources are accompanied by teacher materials and can be used in various ways and content areas.

Contact your KET Education Consultant if you have any questions or want to learn more about PBS LearningMedia. Also, don’t forget about the free KET Virtual Media Lab workshops. Due to the pandemic, the KET Media Lab is still closed to visitors, but there are many virtual media arts-focused options. 

Arts of Kentucky 
Suggested grades 6-12

Kentucky is known as the home of bluegrass music, but there’s so much more to discover here. Explore the diversity of art and music made by Kentuckians from all backgrounds.

Arts Toolkits
Suggested grades K-12

These toolkits combine multimedia resources designed to provide teachers with high-quality teaching resources that align to academic standards while bringing the excitement of dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts into the classroom.

Art School 
Suggested grades K-12

Empower folks of all ages to engage with contemporary art, and discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series.

Sugguested grades 3-8

Welcome to Artsville, where learning about art takes center stage! Learn dance, drama, music, and visual art concepts by watching these fun animations.

Kentucky Virtual Art Museum 
Suggested grades 3-12

Museums and institutions from across Kentucky participated in this Kentucky Virtual Art Museum educational collaboration. Museums were asked to select artwork that represent the scope of their collections while relating to Kentucky academic content. The goal is to provide teachers with and exciting array of images for classroom use, while making them aware of the rich resources available in Kentucky museums.

Social and Emotional Learning: The Arts for Every Classroom 
Suggested grades 9-12

This collection offers resources to help educators and parents understand emotional development and lead students in art projects that build those skills—projects that can be incorporated into almost any classroom subject. Background information on adverse childhood experiences and racial trauma is also included, with the goal of helping teachers prepare students to be caring, responsible citizens in diverse communities. Grades 3-12

Suggested grades 9-12

Explore lesson plans and video to accompany the PBS series, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.

Sound Field 
Suggested grades 6-12

Hosted by LA Buckner and Nahre Sol, accomplished musicians and music teachers exploring the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles. Pop, classical, rap, jazz, electronic music, folk, country and indigenous music are covered with highlights on the connections between genres.

Suggested grades K-12

In short video pieces that are under fifteen minutes, Spark takes you backstage at performances and into artists’ studios to witness the creative process firsthand.