Verizon Thinkfinity partner, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Re-Launched its Website for K-12 arts education, ARTSEDGE to a Crowd of Thousands on Saturday, October 2

Verizon Thinkfinity partner, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Re-Launched its Website for K-12 arts education, ARTSEDGE to a Crowd of Thousands on Saturday, October 2

ARTSEDGE is one of ten Websites that make up Verizon's Thinkfinity.org program. As its name indicates, ARTSEDGE is dedicated to bringing the arts directly to K-12 classrooms across the country.

Howard Woolley, senior vice president, wireless public policy for Verizon Wireless helped launch the site by addressing the crowd, noting "...the importance of programs like ARTSEDGE is to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to prepare students with the skills they'll need to compete in today's highly competitive, global economy."

Howard Woolley, senior vice president, wireless public policy for Verizon Wireless helped launch the site by addressing the crowd, noting "...the importance of programs like ARTSEDGE is to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to prepare students with the skills they'll need to compete in today's highly competitive, global economy."

The site emphasizes Verizon's efforts to bring innovative technology to support the teaching of the arts and the changing trends in education. Thinkfinity's ARTSEDGE site is home to an amazing collection of free online resources including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules. The site is designed to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction.

The site also has an exciting new portal for arts-active families and young people, and a fully-updated digital library of arts-centered resources

"The redesign is a wonderful extension of the original ARTSEDGE mission, set over 15 years ago," says Darrell M. Ayers, Vice President for Education at the Kennedy Center, "to connect people to people, to provide arts-centered learning experiences, and to lead the way in digitally-supported arts learning for all citizens."

To help celebrate the occasion, Grammy Award-winning band, They Might Be Giants, performed an all-ages show on the Center's Millennium Stage following the announcement of the new site.

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