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WCTE Receives Grant for Ken Burns Leonardo da Vinci Film - Coming Fall 2024

WCTE is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $15,000 grant from WETA for engagement activities centered around their upcoming documentary, Leonardo da Vinci.  This two-part series is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C., and is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon.  

Sarah Savage, Education and Engagement Coordinator for WCTE had the opportunity in early May to attend an immersive workshop at WETA, where she met with other grant recipients for planning, and was also able to screen the film (pictured). 

With this grant funding, WCTE has many opportunities planned during the next few months!

We will be providing a “Leonardo Learning Workshop” during our beloved annual event, Stations of Imagination, taking place on September 7.  This workshop will consist of a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities and experiences targeted towards pre k through 5th grade children.  This fun and educational event will be free and open to the public!

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As students return to the classroom in the fall, we will be holding an art contest for middle and high schools across our region.  We will invite students to create artwork inspired by the life and work of da Vinci, and will be awarding cash prizes!

Finally, in November, we will be screening the film, and will hold a panel discussion with experts in art history and engineering to provide further context to the information presented in the documentary.  This enlightening event will also be free and open to the public:  more information coming soon!

About the Ken Burns Leonardo da Vinci Film - 

LEONARDO da VINCI, a new, two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon will air Nov. 18 and 19, at 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS, and the PBS App.

The film, which explores the life and work of the 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci, is Burns’s first non-American subject. It also marks a significant change in the team’s filmmaking style, which includes using split screens with images, video and sound from different periods to further contextualize Leonardo’s art and scientific explorations. LEONARDO da VINCI looks at how the artist influenced and inspired future generations, and it finds in his soaring imagination and profound intellect the foundation for a conversation we are still having today: what is our relationship with nature and what does it mean to be human. 

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