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GA-250130-16Public Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc.Created Equal: Image, Sound, and Story (grant for professional development to help teachers teach civil rights history)3/1/2016 - 9/30/2016$39,759.38Edie Demas   Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc.PleasantvilleNY10570-2232USA2016 Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Public Programs39759.380396700

Created Equal: Image, Sound, and Story is an interdisciplinary professional development program that trains and supports
teachers as they implement a curriculum designed to inspire middle school students to learn the history of a seminal
moment of the civil rights movement, understand the power of people and the media to advance social change, and
share their own story about racial justice through the creation of multimedia arts projects. Created Equal: Image, Sound, and
is designed in collaboration between the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) and Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS).
As project leader, JBFC will draw on its mission to equip and inspire students of all ages to become active viewers and
inspired creators of visual media. BHS's vision for student-as-historian programming complements JBFC's approach.
BHS will provide teachers with essential strategies, content, and pedagogy to engage students in inquiry and research
with original primary sources. The mentor text will be Stanley Nelson's documentary film, Freedom Riders, about the
diverse group of young civil rights activists—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious,
northern and southern—who took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow
South in 1961. Through additional primary sources and first hand access to leading scholars of the Black Freedom
Movement in America, teachers will be well-equipped to contextualize Freedom Riders against the longer arc of
American history. Students will be empowered as historians, storytellers, mediamakers, and social activists as they
grow to understand how the past and the present are connected, shaped, and shared.

GA-256422-17Public Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc.Created Equal1/1/2017 - 6/30/2017$29,997.00Edie Demas   Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc.PleasantvilleNY10570-2232USA2017 Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Public Programs299970299970

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.