Multi Media Informational Presentation: Business of the Arts!

GSE for Written & Oral Communication  GSE  W-12-8.2  In informational writing, students demonstrate use of a range of elaboration strategies by including sufficient details or facts for appropriate depth of information: naming, describing, explaining, comparing, contrasting, or using visual images to support intended purpose (Local).

GSE for Habit of Writing:  Writing Extensively (W-11) End of Grade 12 (Local) *W-12-11.4  [Student] Demonstrates the habit of writing extensively by writing in a variety of genres.

VAD-GSE (HS Extension-1a):  Students demonstrate the ability to communicate in the language of visual art and design by evaluating and applying media, techniques, process, and visual arts and design concepts to convey a specific feeling, idea, or meaning in a series of work with a common theme.

CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies and Technical Subjects p. 41
College and Career Anchor Standards for Writing:  Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7.  Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
8.  Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
9.  Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Organizations that present the performing arts or exhibitions of visual art and design are part of business or civic life in major cities or small towns not only in the United States, but also throughout the world.  Presenting the arts draws on creative work, business fields, and knowledge associated with the humanities (literature, history, architecture…for example).  Your appreciation and understanding of the arts presented on stage or in a gallery are made richer by knowing the “behind the scenes business” story of the theatre, museum, or art space of which you are a patron, in partnership with Big Yellow Bus Plus.

Methods / Materials: 

Mini Applied Learning Task Instructions for Students:  Review the Big Yellow Bus Plus field trip desitnationsand select one or more arts organizations about which to become an “expert.”  Using a range of information gathering strategies, learn about the following:

  • the organization’s location, architecture, interior design, and performance spaces 
  • the history of the of the organization to learn about its founders and current leadership (Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, Boards of Directors)
  • learn about its artistic staff (directors, conductors, curators, designers)
  • learn about the organizational mission and history of productions or presentations

Use the information gathered about the selected arts organization to create an informational presentation for youth audiences interested in the arts.  Choose ONE of the following formats and let your imagination as well as your research create a dramatic presentational tool.
Method/Materials Needed:

  1. Design a web page for your organization to use to explain their work to students coming to visit on a field trip.
  2. Power Point presentation about your selected organizationg using images recorded or made by you.  Be sure to get organization permission for any interior images or use of material from their web sites. (30 screens with images and text).
  3. Write a script for a 45 second commercial that could be used to inform youth audiences about your organization and its art.  Cast and produce your commercial and then archive for your PBGR work in the arts. 
  4. Design a new program for your organization to distribute to youth field trip audiences that includes the content from your research as well as supporting design and appropriate images.
  5. File of all research notes, history of web sites viewed; hard copy artifacts like programs or copies of reviews, etc. should be saved from your selected organization and/or your other arts field trips.
Time to Complete: 

Approximate time for completion varies; plan for several sessions of 2 hours, over the course of 2 weeks.

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