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No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

April 4 - 22, 2022

Event Details

FORMAT:
ON-DEMAND VIDEO SERIES


Streaming April 4-22, 2022
Grades 3-12

Des Moines Performing Arts is proud to offer this education opportunity at no cost to Iowa participants.

By Manual Cinema (United States)

FREE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
GRADES 3-12

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(on-demand video series)

See a movie created right before your eyes!

No Blue Memories combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow, and original music to bring to the screen the story of Gwendolyn Brooks – the first African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize and to be named poetry consultant to the Library of Congress!

In addition to being known for her poems reflecting the civil rights activism of the 1960’s, Brooks was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.”

Weaving together poetry, storytelling, sound design, original music, and striking visuals, No Blue Memories is an exploration of how Brooks navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history.

No Blue Memories was commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Brooks Centenary. Viewers will be equally inspired by Brooks’ story and seeing in real-time how these remarkable multi-media artists work together to create the cinematic experience.

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INCLUDED IN THE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

This virtual field trip consists of two videos for you to watch with your students:

  • Film version of the stage show No Blue Memories (approximately 60 minutes), with suggested chapter breaks to view over multiple days if desired
  • Pre-recorded question and answer session with the artists
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Social-Emotional Learning, Literacy, Science, Social Studies, Music, Theater

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is the show? 
Total video content is about 75 minutes, divided into two videos.

How many times can I view it? 
Once you gain access, as many times as you wish!

When can my students view it? 
April 4-22, 2022

Can I preview the videos? What is it like? 
Teachers will receive access to full videos to preview approximately one week in advance of the field trip officially opening for students. Until then, check out the posted trailer.

Do you have any supplemental material to accompany the show?
Yes – we will send you additional materials to set context and help your students reflect on the virtual field trip experience.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Contact education@dmpa.org or 515-246-2355 with questions about content or the reservation process.

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Event Details

FORMAT:
ON-DEMAND VIDEO SERIES


Streaming April 4-22, 2022
Grades 3-12

Des Moines Performing Arts is proud to offer this education opportunity at no cost to Iowa participants.
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