Online Research Lab with Dr. John Edward Hasse: Why We Need the Arts More than Ever
Dates via zoom:
22. November 2021 - 16:00-18:00
13. December 2021 - 16:00-18:00
24. Januar 2022 - 16:00-18:00
Why We Need the Arts More Than Ever as clean air and water are to the human body, art is to the human spirit. Art feeds our souls, expresses our creativity, stimulates our imaginations, and inspires us to reach for excellence. There are so many ways the arts help us accept and bridge our differences—giving people a voice, making room for everyone, spurring creativity, and energizing our souls through tough times.
In this stimulating presentation, Hasse lays out an invigorating and compelling case for why, more than ever before, we need the arts in our lives. And, if the arts are vital to the lives of adults, why they are especially critical to teaching our children. Illustrated with audio and video clips.
Dr. John Edward Hasse
During his 33-year tenure at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Curator Emeritus John Edward Hasse developed exhibitions on Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles. He also founded the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, and international Jazz Appreciation Month, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Hasse led the Smithsonian’s efforts to build the world’s largest museum collection of jazz history, with artifacts and documents from Ellington, Armstrong, Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Herbie
Hancock, and many others.
Hasse’s books include an acclaimed biography of Duke Ellington and a history of jazz. He writes monthly articles on music for The Wall Street Journal, and has contributed to eight encyclopedias. His media appearances include CNN, CBS, PBS, BBC, NPR, the Voice of America, and several documentary movies. He is the recipient of two Grammy Award nominations, two honorary doctorates, and two ASCAP awards for excellence in writing on music. The Jazz Educators Network named him a “Legend of Jazz Education.” Hasse has lectured on leadership, the arts, and music in 25 countries.
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