1. The project focused on identity and how culture, family, and community can influence and shape one’s identity. The students filmed interviews with people in creative fields to discover how their identity is represented through their chosen profession. Following the interviews, students analyzed the footage, researched information that added depth to their stories, and edited the content to the most essential information of their documentary’s theme.

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  2. The Apollo Theater Oral History Project, OHP, grew out of a larger initiative undertaken in 2006 to capture the oral histories of Apollo “history-makers” and others pertinent to the development of the Theater over the course of its history. At Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, 11th graders learn to document oral history interviews using video focusing on the connection between oral history, the humanities, and the arts, all of which are addressed in the curriculum.

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  3. Over the course of the school year, Apollo Teaching Artist Benton Greene worked in collaboration with Wadleigh’s African American and Latin & Caribbean American Studies Teacher Glenn Mason and English Teacher Dulyne Desmangles to engage 22 eleventh graders in the project. While examining topics that connect to their study of African American and Latin & Caribbean American cultures, the students explored foundational techniques, styles and materials used in documentary film making.

    The project this year focused on interviewing members of the community that have first-hand knowledge of the community’s changing arts, social, health & well-being, and cultural scene. As the students were conducting interviews, they explored both literature and films about the African American, Latin, and Caribbean American journeys. They came across writers such as Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Sandra Cisneros, and Gary Soto, and films such as Twelve Years a Slave, 42, The Motorcycle Diaries, A Better Life, and Small Island. Each of these authors and motion pictures presented a theme of belonging – a sense of community.

    Following the interviews, students analyzed footage and conducted research to add depth to the stories they collected. They then edited the content down to create Community: A Look Into Harlem.

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  4. Students from Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts held a special screening of their documentary Why Can't We on the Apollo Sound Stage on May 20th. Created through the Apollo Theater Video Oral History Project, the documentary explores the experiences of individuals who have exceeded societal expectations.

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  5. Students from Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts held a special screening of their documentary Through the Eyes of an Artist on the Apollo Sound Stage on May 20th. Created through the Apollo Theater Video Oral History Project, the documentary features interviews with three arts educators and was shot and edited by the students.

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Apollo Video Oral History Project at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts

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The Apollo Theater Oral History Project, OHP, grew out of a larger initiative undertaken in 2006 to capture the oral histories of Apollo “history-makers” and others pertinent to the development of the Theater over the course of its history. At Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, 11th graders learn to document oral history interviews using video focusing on the connection between oral history, the humanities, and the arts, all of which are addressed in the curriculum.

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