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UAM Exhibit Wins National Art Critic Association Award

On March 15, the American chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) announced the winner of its annual AICA Awards honoring artists, curators and institutions for excellence in art exhibitions of the previous season (June 2010-June 2011. The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach was recognized for “Best Show in a University Gallery” for its 2010 exhibit “Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg.” Read More

Official University Art Museum Media Release (includes images from the award-winning exhibit)

CSULB Film Student Newest "Daily Show" Correspondent

Jessica Williams, a student in the CSULB Film and Electronic Arts Department, has been appearing on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart since mid January. She joins the Emmy Award winning show as the “fake news” show’s newest correspondent. Video of her appearances can be found at this link.

Cole Conservatory Alum Selected as Adler Fellow by SF Opera

Marina Harris, a recent alumnus from the Cole Conservatory of Music, was named as one of ten 2012 Adler Fellows. The Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage season. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. Read More

CSULB Artists' Influence on Display in Los Angeles Exhibit

Long Beach State and its visual artists – both teachers and students – played a vital role in the emergence of Southern California and the greater Los Angeles region as a major force in the art world. That role and the influence of Long Beach-based and trained artists is currently on display at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles. “The Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985” is in the final weeks of its celebration of the vibrant California craft movement. Read More

CSULB Cole Conservatory to host Film Music Symposium in April

From 19th Century Stage Melodrama to 21st Century Film Scoring:
Musicodramatic Practice and Knowledge Organization.

Event is presented by the Society for American Music and the California State University, Long Beach College of the Arts and will be held April 12-14, 2012. Read More

CSULB College of the Arts 2010-2011 Faculty Highlights

ART Department Faculty Accomplishments and Recognitions

 Kendall Brown (ART) published two books and edited multiple exhibition catalogues.
Kendall Brown published two books through Dover Press in New York: Japanese Warriors, Rogues and Beauties: Woodblocks from Adventure Stories and Dangerous Beauties and Dutiful Wives: Popular Portraits of Women in Japan, 1905-1925. He edited exhibition catalogues slated for publication in 2011-2012: “Japan Deco: Shaping Art and Urban Culture, 1920-1943” and “Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and the Japanese Landscape Print.”

Dominic Cretara (ART) held a solo exhibit and created cover art for a book.
Dominic Cretara held a solo exhibit of paintings and drawings at The Schomburg Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica in 2010. He created the cover art painting for the soon to be published book of poems by Tina Datsko titled “The Delirium of Simon Bolivar” (Floricanto Press).

Linda Day (ART) exhibited in solo shows and group exhibits.
Linda Day showed her work at the Long Beach City College Art Gallery in both a solo show and as part of a group exhibition she curated. “Another Year in LA” was her solo exhibit which ran from March 22-May 14, 2011. A mini-book exhibition catalogue was created.

Laurie Gatlin (ART Education) was the keynote speaker for the Utah Art Educators Associations annual conference in St. George, Utah, in February 2011.

Jen Grey (ART) participated in multiple group exhibitions and performance art projects.
Jen Grey’s work and participation was part of “Earth” and “Celebrating a Decade” at the 2nd City Council Gallery in Long Beach, “The Global Art Report” in Fort Myers, Florida, “Lost but Profound” at the PS Zask Gallery in Palos Verdes, and “The Figure Unframed” at the Halden Art Gallery in Lake Tahoe.

Jay Kvapil (ART) held a solo exhibition and participated in a subsequent group show at Courtuier Gallery in Los Angeles.

Tony Marsh (ART) took part in the Group Exhibition at Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud in Brussels at the Design Miami/Basel art fair in the Summer of 2011.

Chris Miles (ART) had a solo show and participated in several group shows.
Chris Miles showed his work at a solo exhibition at the ACME Gallery in Los Angeles in the summer of 2010, and participated in two group exhibitions at the gallery in January and July 2011. His work was also part of the Actual Size Gallery group show in March 2011 in Los Angeles. He wrote the catalog essay “Bad Painter! Charles Garabedian and the Discourse of Painting in Doubt” included in Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective, for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Kimiko Miyoshi (ART) had multiple solo and group exhibitions.
Kimiko Miyoshi participated in 13 different solo and group exhibitions between 2010 and 2011. Her work was seen in Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Illinois, Utah and throughout California.  She was a visiting artist at CSU Chico and an artist in residence at Frans Maserrel Centram, in Kasterlee, Belgium, and had two articles published in the Albuquerque Journal. In 2010 she donated work to the Boston Origami Project, an organization in Boston that raises funds for the victims affected by the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan. 100% of the funds raised go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Catha Paquette (ART) had two essays published.
Catha Paquette’s “‘Revolutionary’ Ideologies and Discursive Struggle: Diego Rivera’s 1934 Mural Commission at the Palace of Fine Arts,” appeared in The Latin Americanist in December 2010. While her essay “Moral Certitudes, Policy Questions: Rivera’s 1934 Fresco in Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Art,” appeared in the Independencia y Revoluciones en Nuestra América, Volume II in Mexico.

Robin Richesson (ART) continued her work in Hollywood as an illustrator and storyboard artist.
Robin Richesson created costume illustrations for the ABC pilot, “Grace,” starring Eric Roberts, created set design conceptualization illustrations for the HBO series “True Blood,” and was the storyboard artist for I Am Number Four and for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine. She was an invited visiting artist at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, and was an invited panelist for Comi-Con 2011 for the “Illustration for Film” panel. She regularly creates illustrations for journals, books and other print and publication pieces, and this year created illustrations for the UCLA School of Nursing Commencement Program, for the CSULB School of Social Work Journal, and for the invitations to the Costume Designer’s Guild Awards.

Mark Ruwedel (ART) participated in multiple prestigious group shows and opened a solo exhibit in Arles, France this summer.
Mark Ruwedel showcased his photography at Les Rencontres d’Arles photographie this summer, and will have work at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago later this summer. His work was also seen at the Joslyn Museum in Omaha Nebraska, and in the California Museum of Photography. A show at Raid Projects co-curated by David DeBoer includes Mark Ruwedel’s work alongside that of Aaron Giesel and Brian Borlaug.

Roxanne Sexauer (ART) had a survey solo show.
“Sight Readings: A 35 Year Survey of Work by Roxanne Sexauer” was sponsored by the Central California Museum of Art and took place in the Art Space Gallery in Fresno in 2011. Her work was also part of the invitational exhibition “Printmaking, Printmaking, Printmaking” in Huntington Beach. Her woodcut for the book Charles Olson: Some Early Poems is included in the AIGA Design Archives.

Fran Siegel (ART) showed work in exhibitions in Wyoming, California and New York.
In 2010-2011, Fran Siegel participated in 8 separate group exhibitions, and held her solo show “Transient Borders” in New York City. She earned fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy, and was awarded an Individual Artist Getty Grant from the California Community Foundation.

Matthew Simms (ART) presented in British Columbia and received a new book contract
Matthew Simms’ article, “Sound and the sublime in the critical reception of Antoine-Louis Barye’s animal sculptures,” appeared in Word and Image, vol. 26, no.4. His conference paper “The Market Street Program: Mapping the Los Angeles Art Community, 1971-74” was presented at the Modernist Studies Association annual conference in British Columbia in November 2010, and again at CalTech in Pasadena in April 2011. He received a new book contract from Yale University Press for “Robert Irwin: Art and Experience.” The expected delivery date is 2013.

Rebecca Sittler Schrock (ART) showed her work at Texas Woman’s University.
Rebecca Sittler Schrock’s solo exhibition, “How Watson Learned the Trick” was on display at Texas Woman’s University. She was selected for the exhibition by Corey Keller, Assistant Curator of Photography at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This summer she is exhibiting at the Sam Lee Gallery.

Marian Stewart (ART) completed her sixth book project with J.P. Getty Publications.
Marian Stewart provided 37 in-wash paintings illustrating antique glass mold making processes. These illustrations are for a book which accompanies the Getty Villa exhibit of antique glass objects from around the world. The collaboration is her sixth book project with J. P. Getty Publications.

Marie Thibeault (ART) had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Paintings by Marie Thibeault were seen in solo exhibits in Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and also as part of group shows in Los Angeles and San Pedro. She served as a guest lecturer and artist for the UC Davis Graduate Program.

Yu Ji (ART) was in China for much of the academic year.
Yu Ji exhibited his work in China at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He served as a guest lecturer at both institutions and met with the heads and staff of their International Exchange Programs to discuss how to improve the exchange program.


DANCE Department - Accomplishments and Recognitions

ACDFA Conference (Susan McLain, Andrew Vaca cohosts):The SW American College Dance Festival Conference was hosted by the Department of Dance during March 23-26, 2011 on the CSULB campus.  The four-day conference welcomed 31university dance programs in the Southwest region (Arizona, California, Nevada) totaling approximately 510 participants. Ninety-seven classes were offered along with three adjudicated concerts, Gala concert, 3 Informal concerts and multiple social activities.

Fusion Concert at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center: This dance concert was produced in conjunction with the Cole Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Müller-Stosch and was held November 19-20, 2010.  Several dance faculty choreographed for this unprecedented concert and collaboration: Colleen Dunagan, Lorin Johnson, Holly Johnston, Sophie Monat, Susan McLain. Additionally, a dance film made by Keith Johnson and Gregory Crosby was shown.

 Karen Clippinger (DANCE) presented and taught at a variety of international conferences and workshops.
In Summer 2010 Karen Clippinger was invited to return to work with Pilates instructors in Munich, and taught continuing education workshops for the instructors of the highly respected Alan Hedman Pilates studios in London.  During the 2010-2011 academic year Karen taught workshops at education and rehabilitation conferences for Pilates instructors throughout the United States, including Florida, Northern California, Arizona, and Montana. 

Colleen Dunagan (DANCE) reviewed to proposals for Oxford University Press publication and was an invited speaker at ARC in Pasadena.
Colleen Dunagan served as reviewer for “The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies,” and for “The Oxford Handbook of Theater and Dance,” proposals submitted for publication to the Oxford University Press. In April 2011, she was an invited speaker at ARC – A Room to Create – addressing the topic of “Dolling Up the Dancing Body: Representations of Femininity in Dance.” She is a member of the Program Planning Committee for the Annual Conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, taking place in Toronto, Canada summer 2011.

 Keith Johnson (DANCE) had multiple professional performances and choreographic commissions.
Keith Johnson danced with Victoria Marks at the Redcat, and with Bill Young/Colleen Thomas and Dancers on tour in Cleveland and at the Harkness Festival in New York City. Commissions include Scottsdale Community College, Surfscape Dance Company, Conder/Dance, Loyola Marymount University, and Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company. Keith Johnson’s dance film “Life in Security” screened at six different venues around the country, including the International Screen Dance Festival at the American Dance Festival at Duke University.

Lorin Johnson (DANCE) had multiple publications, invited appearances, and recognitions.
Lorin Johnson's article “More Than Skin-Deep: The Enduring Practice of Ballet in Universities” will be published by Routledge in the peer-reviewed journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training in fall 2011; his article “Teaching Ballet in Universities” will be published by Dance Teacher magazine in the September 2011 issue.  Lorin Johnson’s company, Body Current Dance, was invited to perform his choreographic work “Elegy (What Rises Can Fall)” at the Los Angeles Dance Invitational, Ford Amphitheatre, on August 6, 2011, and his 2010 work, “My Breath Comes Differently,” was nominated as a finalist for a Horton award in choreography. Lorin is in his eighth year as faculty for the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive program, and this summer is teaching and choreographing in the program at the University of Alabama. He was the guest choreographer for the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and the pre-performance guest speaker for the Eifman Ballet from St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, April 26-30, 2011.

Susan McLain (DANCE) Co-presentation at the Bowers Museum
 At the end of the summer of 2010, Susan McLain joined  Cyrus Parker-Jeannette in presenting “The Fabric of American Dance” as part of the quilting exhibit at the Bowers Museum. The topic of the presentation dealt with Americana themes that shaped modern dance in the United States during the early 20th Century. She is also the Vice President of Nominations and Elections for the national organization, American College Dance Festival Association.

Sophie Monat (DANCE) and her company invited to Celebrate Dance 2011
Sophie Monat’s dance company, Monat Dance, was one of 8 companies invited to perform at the Alex Theatre’s Celebrate Dance 2011, and the company also presented an evening of repertory and new work in Santa Monica in May 2011. Sophie was invited to choreograph a contemporary ballet for Loyola Marymount University dancers.

Andrew Vaca (DANCE) served his sabbatical in Fall 2010 and created Jazzworks—Long Beach.
Jazzworks—Long Beach, created by CSULB Dance Faculty member Andrew Vaca, is a dance company honoring jazz dance as a viable form for the concert stage and has performed in three different venues since September 2010. He continued his work with NBA, NFL, and collegiate dance teams, including work in 2010 with the Boston Celtic Dance Team as a choreographer and consultant on their reality series Celtic Dancers: The Dance for 18, seen on Comcast East. Additionally, he was elected to Regional Director of the new Baja Region for ACDFA.


DESIGN Department - Accomplishments and Recognitions

Dorothy Ottolia (DESIGN)
Dorothy Ottolia has donated time and design services to design and prepare construction documents for a new Band Shell for the City of Redondo Beach (at Veteran’s Park), immediately adjacent to the Redondo Beach Pier.

Shelley Takahasi (DESIGN)
Shelley serves as chair for the Los Angeles chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and was an invited speaker at the IDSA Western Conference in San Jose in May 2011. She was part of the Career Storytelling Panel Discussion.


FILM & ELECTRONIC ARTS - Accomplishments and Recognitions

Tom Blomquist (FILM and ELECTRONIC ARTS)
served as writer, director, and videographer for Kellie Coffey: I’m Still Here, a feature documentary on the famed country singer, and was production supervisor for “The Sonnet Project” and for “The Belarus Free Theatre Awareness” videos, both produced by the Global Theatre Project. Tom Blomquist also served as creative consultant for The Call Me Mr. Fry, a “Best of Fest” honoree at the Hollywood Fringe Theatre Festival.

had several articles and essays published, including “Steve Martin and John Candy: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish” in Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s from Rutgers University Press. “An American in Paris: John Frankenheimer’s Impossible Object” was part of A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American Film, published in Summer 2011 by Rutgers University Press, and “Philip Seymour Hoffman: Jesus of Uncool” was submitted and accepted as a chapter in Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s, coming in November 2011.  Jerry Mosher presented “John Bunny’s Stardom and American Silent Comedy in Transition” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in 2010.

Micheal Pounds (FILM and ELECTRONIC ARTS)
was published in “Explorers” – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative, eds., Sandra Jackson and Julie E. Moody-Freeman, New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

José  Sánchez-H. (FILM and ELECTRONIC ARTS)
wrote the “Bolivia” section for the International Film Guide 2010 and 2011, published by Wallflower Press in London, and prepared the catalogue for the 14th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in Hollywood. He directed the multimedia event and poetry performance “The Delirium of Simon Bolivar” presented at Chapman University in December 2010 and at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in August 2010. José served as a member of the Film Acquisition and Preservation Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and presented a new 35mm print of Façade,  directed by Jacobo Morales, at the Egyptian Theater as part of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

COLE CONSERVATORY of MUSIC - Accomplishments and Recognitions

The Cole Conservatory faculty and facilities hosted the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Conference, a series of events focusing on suppressed composers, and a complete (20 hours) performance of Vexations by Erik Satie.

Faculty published 2 books, 4 compositions, released 1 DVD. There were 15 on campus faculty performances, 75 on campus student ensemble performances, 84 on campus student recitals and 25 on campus guest recitals.

CSULB Wind Symphony invited to National College Band Directors Conference in Seattle

CSULB Sax Ensemble invited to North American Sax Alliance Conference in Las Vegas

CSULB Flute Choir invited to National Flute Association in Anaheim

CSULB Concert Jazz Orchestra competes regionally and nationally.
The CSULB Concert Jazz Orchestra competed in the Western Jazz Festival winning 1st place, and in the Next Generation Festival, winning 2nd place. CSULB bass player Katie Thiroux, earned an Outstanding Soloist recognition.

Pacific Standard Time named best Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the University level by Downbeat Magazine, continues winning streak at the Next Generation Festival in Monterey.
Pacific Standard Time, the premier vocal jazz ensemble at CSULB, has won the Next Generation Festival competition every time it has participated. Score sheets from the trio of adjudicators at this year’s contest showed an overall score of 299 out of a possible 300.  As the winning ensemble, Pacific Standard Time will return to Monterey and perform as part of the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2011.

John Carnahan (COLE CONSERVATORY) was elected Vice-President of the Western Division College Band Directors National Association.

Kris Forney (COLE CONSERVATORY) released the 11th edition of The Enjoyment of Music. This is the 6th edition Kris Forney has edited.

Martin Herman (COLE CONSERVATORY) conducted in Germany.
Martin Herman conducted a concert of Mozart Concerti, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and Cimarosa in the Kleiner Saal with das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in March at Philharmonie, the home of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Johannes Müller-Stosch has been named Director of the Michigan Conducting Institute, a 6-day summer workshop with the Holland Symphony which explores the relationship between the conductor and the performer.

Christine Guter conducted the MENC All-Northwest Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Seattle, WA.

Alicia Doyle was elected President of the Pacific/Southwest Chapter of American Musicology Society.

 John Van Houten performs with the LA Philharmonic and on the score for “Cars 2.”
John Van Houten and CSULB alumnus Justin Jerome (tuba) performed Messiaen's "Illuminations of The Beyond" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Thomas Ades conductor. John also recently played principal tuba on the score for Pixar's "Cars 2."


THEATRE ARTS Department - Accomplishments and Recognitions

Anne D’Zmura (THEATRE) directed at the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory Theatre.
Anne D’Zmura continued her strong professional affiliation with one of the most respected theatres in Southern California, directing both Sideways Stories from Wayside School, a stage adaptation of the popular children's book series by Louis Sachar, and the World Premiere of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson. She wrote an essay included in the Anthology on Ecology and Theatre being published by Pelgrave, is the course coordinator for a CSU Summer Arts Cornerstone Course, and is developing and teaching a CSULB Study Abroad Course in Tanzania. Working with Karimu International Help Foundation to build a primary school, D’Zmura and her students will be developing a community-based arts project with Bacho village children.

Craig Fleming (THEATRE) devised a new class on censorship and presented or participated in regional and national conferences.
Craig Fleming has devised a new class on 20th century theatrical censorship to be offered in Fall 2011. He also presented an address at the California Educational Theatre Association’s 65th anniversary conference, and was invited to attend the TCG national conference in support of his proposal (which was published to the TCG website and inspired a breakout session): “What if the specialization of college theatre departments was replaced by integrated, multi-disciplinary arts training?” Locally, he directed Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s expressionist play, The Underpants, for the Long Beach Playhouse, and devised an original work to be presented as an afterpiece.

Nicki Genovese (THEATRE) produced a backers’ audition and new play reading.
Nicki Genovese produced a 4-day workshop and backers’ audition for China: The Whole Enchilada on board the Queen Mary. She also produced a 1-day rehearsal and reading of The Quest for Don Quixote in Los Angeles, and coordinated the Brain Bank at the 2011 Theatre Communications Group National Conference in Los Angeles.

Joanne Gordon (Chair, Department of THEATRE) was recognized by two local theatre groups for her outstanding contributions to theatre.
The Southern California group “Women in Theatre” honored Joanne Gordon with a Red Carpet Award, saluting her decades of work in theatre and her contributions to increased opportunities for women in the art form. The Long Beach Playhouse presented her with the DIVA Award at the Playhouse’s 80th Anniversary celebration. Joanne Gordon’s essay, “Something Just Broke,” appears in The Sondheim Workbook from Oxford University Press.

David Jacques (THEATRE) designed stage lighting for a host of national and international the operas
David Jacques served as resident lighting designer for Central City Opera in Denver, CO, providing designs for Three Decembers, Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, and others. He also designed Tosca for the Norwegian National Opera, The Tsar’s Bride for the Royal Opera House in London, and La Finta Giardineira at USC.

Danila Korogodsky, (THEATRE) is artistic director of Theater Pokoleniy in St. Petersburg.
For the fourth year in a row, Danila Korogodsky is heading a semester abroad program, taking students first to Berlin, Germany for two weeks and then to St. Petersburg for 3 months for classes and practical involvement with Theater Pokoleniy. Students are occasionally invited to directly participate in the production of shows. This is a collaboration with Cal Arts faculty and students.

Hugh O’Gorman, (THEATRE) published second edition of his text and founded a theatrical production company.
Hugh O’Gorman recently published a second edition of The Keys to Acting with Kendall/Hunt Publishing. It is currently used by a dozen universities nationwide. He partnered with Karl Baumann of Cirque du Soleil to form a theatrical production company, Electric Dream Productions LLC, and has been signed as a producer/director with the William Morris Endeavor theatrical agency. Hugh was invited to participate on two different panels at the 2010 AHTE conference in Los Angeles – one examined how to equip your students with business and career strategies, and the other looked at the effects of the multi-media marketplace on traditional acting programs.

Nancy Jo Smith, (THEATRE) exhibited her work in multiple group shows.
Nancy Jo Smith’s work appeared in San Bernadino Valley College’s show “California Fibers 40 Years,” “Liminal Spaces” in San Diego, “Marks on Cloth” in Santa Fe, and “Convergence” in Albuquerque. She was invited to speak about her work and wearable art in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Santa Fe.


Carpenter Center - Accomplishments and Recognitions

The Carpenter Center presented 30 performances on campus and 7 circus performances in downtown Long Beach, and received a prestigious grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Fund.
The shows included five complete sell-outs (Garrison Keillor, Pilobolus, Joshua Bell, Pink Floyd and Glenn Miller), and several master classes for CSULB students which accompanied performances (Pilobolus, Parsons Dance, Dorfman Dance and Alpin Hong).

The Carpenter Center hosted special events with Amnesty International (honoring the Dalai Lama) and Long Beach Rotary.

The Carpenter Center was awarded a Creative Campus grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Doris Duke Charitable Fund. The grant is to fund a two-year, campus-wide initiative on censorship. Called “Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It” (or the “B-Word Project” for short) the project involves 14 departments and organizations on campus and will bring artists to many different classrooms and venues. The project website,, is already live.