Written by Jim Eigo:
Videogames and Jazz:
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) announces a new
partnership with the World Wide Workshop to teach youth jazz and digital literacy
through Globaloria, the first-of-its-kind youth network for learning how to make
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the World Wide Workshop
team up for new youth program that blends music and digital literacy
Starting this summer and throughout the school year, NJMH will run a series of a
new kind of creative education workshops for youth ages 13-19. The workshops are
led by Jonathan Batiste, a music curator at the museum, who comes from a celebrated
family of musicians in New Orleans. At 24, Batiste has performed in 40 countries
and collaborated with Prince, Jimmy Buffet and Wynton Marsalis. He is a Juilliard
graduate, a Movado Future Legend award recipient and the youngest ever Steinway
Performing Artist. He is featured on HBO's "Treme" and has conducted clinics and
master classes worldwide.
"In my Globaloria workshops I want to collaborate with teens from Harlem and other
NYC communities to create games and programs about the history of Jazz," reflects
Jonathan Batiste. "The experience is going to be super-interactive, with live performances
and trips to historic jazz locations in Harlem to give us ideas about games and
programs we want to design."
"The special program we designed for Batiste blends jazz music appreciation and
game design skills in order to empower kids from the Harlem community to figure
out digital computational skills and jazz history at the same time. That's how they
get engaged these days," says Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, president & founder of the
World Wide Workshop.
"Jon Batiste and his Band will be an integral part of the learning experience,"
adds Loren Schoenberg, NJMH executive director. "Our overall objective is to create
a fun learning space inside our museum, and get Jon and the kids to create a playful
game together, that can teach young people and adults alike, with captivating ideas
and designs, and good facts about jazz."
This week, NJMH launched the first Globaloria-Jazz Summer Workshop. Batiste and
his young mentees formed a game-design team. Guided by the World Wide Workshop team
of experts and the Globaloria digital curriculum, they'll work together 3-hours
daily in creative sessions straight through mid-August. They'll listen to and play
jazz, and at the same time, learn how to imagine, research, design, and develop
their ideas into an interactive game demo with music and animations. On the final
day of the workshop, they will present their vision to a live audience, including
their parents. Later, during the school year, they'll have the opportunity to complete
and publish their games online, with the support of professional Flash and game
design experts from the World Wide Workshop. 3-4 such Globaloria-Jazz Workshops
are planned for 2011-12.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem(www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org) is dedicated to fostering
this spirit and music of jazz as a living, breathing entity that looks as far into
the future as it does into the past. The museum was founded to make the rich history
and experience of jazz accessible to all, and to ensure that the heart and soul
of the music remain forever entwined with the Harlem community. In the words of
jazz pianist and Duke Ellington mentor Willie "The Lion" Smith, "I'd rather be a
fly on a lamppost in Harlem than a millionaire anywhere else." NJMH offers a range
of free concerts, exhibitions and educational programs, and is thrilled now to include
the Globaloria-Jazz Workshops.
The World Wide Workshop(www.WorldWideWorkshop.org), creators of Globaloria-Jazz,
is a NYC-based educational foundation for developing applications of social media
technology and game production to enhance learning, innovation, entrepreneurship,
and an understanding of the world in economically-disadvantaged and technologically-underserved
communities. Committed to improving education opportunities for all youth, we work
with forward-thinking leaders, corporations, foundations, school systems, museums,
universities, and research centers to enrich existing formal and non-formal education
systems with the latest technology and innovative learning opportunities for all.
The National Museum of Jazz in Harlem is the newest participant to join the vibrant
Globaloria Network, which is currently active in many communities in 5 states--New
York, West Virginia, Texas, Florida, and California--within schools and after-school
programs, engaging over 2000 students and educators, and growing.
Funding for the Globaloria-Jazz at the NJMH was made possible by NJMH Board Member
Jonathan Scheuer and NJMH Member Jim Lecinski….. and donors like you….
NJMH welcomes support from people who care about jazz, children and computer literacy!
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem:Loren Schoenberg, 212-348-8300,
World Wide Workshop:Amber Oliver, 646-895-9167,
Jazz Promo Services 269 State Route 94 South
Warwick, New York 10990