The Charleston Gaillard Center on Wednesday released the final four episodes and lesson plans of Season One of Raising the Volume. 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 today:
- Episode XIV – Dr. Bernard Powers analyzes life and Black history
- Topics include his experience marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the influence of Jazz Ambassadors, and the development of the International African American Museum.
- Episode XV – Jirah Perkins explores art and being you
- Topics include the importance of women creating Black art, what it means to be a Black woman, and being yourself
- Episode XVI – Osei Chandler describes discovering your Kuumba
- Topics include his experience founding the Black Student Organization, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kwanzaa principle, Kuumba.
- Episode XVII – KJ Kearney highlights Black Food Fridays
- Topics include the effect of the pandemic on minority-owned businesses, overcoming obstacles, and creating personal, qualitative goals for success.
“Season One was an opportunity for us to celebrate Black joy and introduce viewers to some of the powerful people in our community,” said Amaker. “I believe it’s my duty to use my privilege as an artist to share the microphone with others. And I’m happy that these episodes and conversations have been given new life in the classroom.”
“Raising the Volume has been an enlightening, educational, and extremely enjoyable experience for me,” said Singleton. “It is not everyday that you get a chance to talk with and share experiences with the leaders, movers and shakers, and pillars of your community. Again…I am grateful to the Gaillard Center and Team for all of their support behind this!”
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. Seventeen 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.
Previously released episodes include:
Episode I – A conversation on music, racism, art, activism, and more with Marcus Amaker & Charlton Singleton.
Episode II – A conversation on Charleston activism, past and present with former Municipal Court Judge for the City of Charleston for 33 years, Judge Arthur McFarland.
Episode III – A conversation on awareness and action with the Executive Director of YWCA, LaVanda Brown.
Episode IV – A conversation on growing up in Charleston and life as a journalist and author with Herb Frazier.
Episode V – A conversation on arts management with Dr. Karen Chandler.
Episode VI – A conversation on The Jazz Initiative and Jenkins Orphanage Band with Dr. Karen Chandler.
Episode VII – A conversation on his life and the health of our Black community with Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell.
Episode VIII – A conversation on entrepreneurship with Andrea Davis.
Episode IX – A conversation on finding your voice with Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton.
Episode X – A conversation on music and life with The War And Treaty.
Episode XI – Kellen Gray examines classical conducting.
Episode XII – Marcus Amaker and Charlton Singleton talk about music, joy, and memory.
Episode XIII – Regina Duggins discusses her role as a mentor, teacher, and community leader.
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