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Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc. (Pleasantville, NY 10570-2232)
Edie Demas (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Created Equal

Created Equal is an interdisciplinary professional development program that trains and supports teachers as they implement a combined historical inquiry and media arts curriculum focused on the Civil Rights Movement. Created Equal was designed by JBFC and the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) to provide middle school students with the key tools to read and interpret current events as part of a larger conversation of American culture, history, and progress – contextualizing the past, analyzing the present, and inspiring the future of the civil rights movement within the larger arc of American history. In the pilot year of implementation, 2015-16, using Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders as a mentor text, JBFC and BHS brought Created Equal to three under-resourced schools: Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field Middle School and East Flatbush community research school, and Bridgeport’s Roosevelt school, all of which are part of the  Turnaround Arts Network, a public-private partnership of the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities which brings arts education programs, resources and supplies to the 5% lowest-performing schools in every state. 160 students in 7 eight grade classrooms participated in Created Equal in spring 2016. In our second year of implementation, Created Equal is continuing in our established school partners and expanding to two additional Brooklyn Turnaround Arts Schools; PS/IS 284 Gregory Jackson Community School and PS/IS 165 Ida Posner School. We anticipate that approximately 230 students will participate this school year. After the success of the pilot project and continual reflection and refinement, JBFC and BHS are dedicated to maintaining the momentum and forward motion of Created Equal. A second Year of funding from the NEH will assure that the exciting momentum continues through the winter and into implementation in the spring.

Project fields:

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$29,997 (approved)
$29,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2017