Using today's edition of Saturday Sharing, you'll learn where to go for free online courses offered by universities around the world, who is preserving the art of tap dance, what organization is providing educational programs in creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving, where to read 60 poems in celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, and how poetry mixes with politics and labor. Also included are two very short videos introducing several of the marvelous artists in the Renwick Gallery "40 Under 40" craft exhibition, which you won't want to miss if you're in Washington, D.C.
✦ Universities around the world have partnered with Coursera to offer online courses at no cost. Included are courses in the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, and more. (My thanks to TED blog for the link.)
✦ Another interesting educational venture is the nonprofit Destination Imagination, which offers programs in creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving.
✦ This is a momentous year in the United Kingdom, the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and it's being celebrated with poems selected by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. You will find Duffy's choices, a poem for each of the Queen's 60 years on the throne, at 60 Years in 60 Poems. Go to The Space, select a year or a theme, select a poem, hear or read the poem, and then explore the events that made the year's news. Hear Duffy's own Jubilee poem here.
✦ If you tap dance or just enjoy the art form, you should know about Tap Legacy™ Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, support, and provide the groundwork for the continued growth of tap dance. The foundation was founded in 2002 by Gregory Hines, Andrew J. Nemr (he studied with Hines and Savion Glover and is a TED Fellow), and Joseph Nemr.
✦ Poetry, politics, and labor all come together at the Poetic Labor Project. (My thanks to PEN American Center for the link.)
✦ I attended the delightful (and people-packed) opening on July 20 of the "40 Under 40 Craft Futures" exhibition at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. This is a terrific show that will be on view until February 3, 2013, so plan to see it if you're visiting the city this fall or early winter. Below I've posted two brief videos featuring the work of several favorite artists in the exhibition. You will find a selection of Renwick videos introducing other exhibition artists here. View up-close images of the artworks here.