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National Jazz Museum in Harlem Launches Youth Program

Teens will listen to jazz and create video games

Jonathan Batiste

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) has announced a partnership with the World Wide Workshop to teach youth jazz and digital literacy through Globaloria, a youth network for learning how to make videogames.

Starting this summer and throughout the school year, NJMH will run a series of creative education workshops for youth of 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.

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 and the Globaloria digital curriculum, they’ll work together three 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. Three to four such Globaloria-Jazz Workshops are planned for 2011-12.

For more information visit Jazz Museum in Harlem.

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