Benjamin Franklin – Statesman, Inventor
Meet the uniquely fascinating entrepreneur, inventor and founding father. With humor and drama, Ben shows his youthful days as a compulsive reader with a hungry mind, his tremendously successful rise through the printing trade, his scientific experiments and his triumphs as an inventor of items as diverse as bifocal glasses and swim fins. He demonstrates the spirit and industriousness that lead to American’s first circulating library and innovated postal service, and relives his elder days as a revolutionary who helps craft our founding documents. Ben’s story will ignite the natural curiosity of all students and challenge them to ask, “Why?” “What if?” and “What can I do to make a difference?” This performance can be tailored for older or younger audiences.
Note: For SY2022-2023 this program is only available as a pre recorded video with a follow up Artist Visit on your school's online platform with the program creator.
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: U.S. History/Founding Fathers, Inventors, Character Education, Science, Technology, S.T.E.M.
Video: Remote Arts Learning Showcase (Historical Perspectives begins at 35:13)
For SY2022-2023 this program is only available as a pre recorded video with follow up Artist Visits on your school's online platform with the program creator.
Video Program (one week access+ one virtual artist visit): $600
Additional Artist Visit (30 min): $150
Note: Pricing may vary for weekends and after-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
Remote (pre recorded):
School has access to the video for one week unless otherwise stated in contract. Do not distribute video link outside of the agreed upon parties. Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.
Remote Q & A:
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artists co-hosts. A representative from the school must be on the call to facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.
- Long (6-8 foot) table
- Kids’ desk
- 8 chairs
- 1 projector screen
- 1 Audio Visual Cart
- A/C outlet
Arrival time before first performance: 60 minutes
Strike time: 60 minutes
Time needed between performances: 10 minutes
Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.
Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.