Inspiration Station

  • Nov 24, 2015


It’s a sad fact that in schools where space or funding are an issue, arts education suffers. Fortunately, though, there’s always plenty of room for arts ed on Ovation TV’s web site, and money’s not an issue because it’s always free of charge!

From music and theater to fine art and design, Ovation’s Arts Ed Toolkit offers free, curated content for your high school classroom. Each unit is comprised of a streaming video presentation culled from the network’s high-quality library of series and documentaries, and accompanied by a downloadable lesson plan supporting National Core Arts Standards.

Featured resources available right now include The Art Of: Photography; Raiders of the Lost Art: Leonardo da Vinci, a lesson in art history built around the theft of the Mona Lisa, and a look at music and songwriting with recording artist Sheryl Crow.

And that’s really just the beginning of what’s available. Check out the Arts Ed Toolkit and see for yourself.

And to learn about other great free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

Note: Ovation TV is channel 274 in your DIRECTV SCHOOL CHOICE programming package.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio


Challenge, Triumph, and Ovation

  • Mar 27, 2015


Bravo to Ovation TV!

Television’s only 24/7 all-arts-all-the-time network appreciates the unique role it plays on the cultural landscape, and proves it consistently with a diverse lineup of curated programming covering all aspects of creative expression.

Which is why the channel also occupies an important place on our DIRECTV SCHOOL CHOICE channel lineup (ch. 274).

Case in point, Ovation’s “Arts Ed Toolkit”, a series of themed packages prepared specifically for students and teachers, comprising streaming video and standards-based lesson plans free for download.

Currently available is a real gem entitled NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, a documentary that chronicles the ambitious global tour of Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes’ production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. From the formation of the theatrical company to the stresses of travel and performance—with all the requisite drama, both on-stage and off—the film offers students a candid glimpse into the rigorous theatrical process, backed-up by lesson plans designed to Core and other theatre arts standards for grades 9-12.

A highly-recommended resource for the high-school theatrical community.

To access the materials visit Ovation TV, then scroll down to the bottom for the EDUCATORS tab and start your free account.

And to find out about other great educational shows and resources, simply bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio