To support: "Access the Planet," an unprecedented arts presentation pilot program. Using innovative advanced videoconferencing technology, we will bring multicultural performing artists into interactive relationship with students and teachers in outstate Minnesota, including rural areas and Indian reservations. Our program will significantly expand the arts experience of students who, up to now, had limited access to high quality
performing arts and related learning experiences. Participants will not only witness a live performance, they will be able to immediately interact with the artists and with other audiences even though all may be separated by hundreds of miles. Supported by study guides and artist residencies in the schools, "Access the Planet" will open students' world views to new perspectives and cultures, provide a catalyst for students' own creative projects, help energize arts activities in local communities, and be a springboard to dialogue and shared experience for groups of students who live vastly different lives in different parts of the state.