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Charleston Gaillard Center Releases Raising the Volume Episodes XI-XIII

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The Charleston Gaillard Center on Tuesday released three new episodes and lesson plans as part of the Raising the Volume series. Featuring conversations on music, race, art, activism, and more, the series is curated by Artists-in-Residence, Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton.

In Raising the Volume, Charleston’s Poet Laureate Amaker and Grammy Award winner Singleton explore issues through open, honest dialogue. Each conversation includes an in-depth conversation with local Black leaders, educators, business owners, and artists.

The following episodes and lesson plans were released Tuesday:

  • Episode XI – Kellen Gray examines classical conducting.
    • Topics include his journey as a Black conductor and diversity in classical music.
  • Episode XII – Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton talk about music, joy, and memory.
    • Topics include the influences of specific artists on their personal and professional lives.
  • Episode XIII – Regina Duggins discusses her role as a mentor, teacher, and community leader.
    • Topics include her leadership of Charleston Black Pride and her fight for those who do not have a voice.

Each video is accompanied by a lesson plan for both middle and high school students. The Gaillard Center’s on-staff educator, Sterling deVries, will facilitate cross-school virtual meetings for students in different areas to discuss the content of the interviews. Thirteen lesson plans are available now at gaillardcenter.org. The lesson plans highlight the following interdisciplinary themes: global awareness; civic literacy; working creatively with others.

Watch the episodes and download the plans here. All videos and lesson plans are available for free as part of the Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program.

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