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Friday, February 5, 2010

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Black History Month Comes to Life Through Kinsey Collection

~ Students around the world can gain first-hand knowledge about the renowned art exhibit ~

Tallahassee – The Department of Education today launched a new and exciting curriculum project based on The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey - “Where Art and History Intersect,” currently on display at the Mary Brogan Museum in Tallahassee, Fla. The project is the newest addition to Florida on iTunes U and contains an 18-image virtual excerpt of the full Kinsey Collection, along with a multitude of links to informative and interactive documents that students can use.

“The Kinsey Collection provides an amazingly detailed account of African-American history that every child should have an opportunity to experience,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “This new curriculum project uses the technology of iTunes U to provide that access and allows viewers to read first-hand accounts of the conditions slaves experienced, see vibrant art work, and experience the historical treasures Bernard and Shirley worked so hard to acquire.”

The Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey is a breathtaking collection of more than 100 rare books, sculptures, paintings, documents, manuscripts and vintage photographs which tell the story of African-Americans in the Americas from 1632 to present. The Collection’s artwork and historical pieces are brought to life through narration featuring prominent African Americans in entertainment and related fields, including Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Lou Gossett Jr., and Dennis Haysbert. The exhibit will remain on display at the Brogan Museum through March 23, 2010. As part of the Florida on iTunes U resource-sharing library, The Kinsey Collection materials will remain available to all of Florida’s students beyond that date.

The Florida iTunes U site provides free multimedia content to schools, parents, students, administrators and teachers in Florida and around the world. As part of iTunes U, an area of the iTunes Store offers free education content and provides access to audio, video and text files that are designed to enhance when and where individuals learn. To learn more about Florida on iTunes U, visit

For more information about The Kinsey Collection, visit or