Arts Education Documentaries

Dismantling Public Education 2011 – 2013 / This 3-part documentary series examines cultural and religious disparities in the East Ramapo school district in Rockland County N.Y.


Parts 1 & 2: A Study in Altruism and Advocacy

Part 3: Cutting Sports Programs full length video: excerpt:


The Legend Of Super Monkey 2013 / 3:26 (excerpt) / Students at P.S. 28 in Paterson, New Jersey created their own original story with Indonesian gamelan, dramatic narration and puppets they designed, constructed and manipulated themselves.

Gamelan Orchestra 2  #1 for vimeo

Facilitated by teaching artists Lisa Karrer and David Simons, the students made a multimedia video performance of their story, which was screened at the school’s culminating spring concert program.


Living Amongst Us In 3010  2007 / Commissioned by Young Audiences New York, featuring teachers and teaching artists (including Karrer) from 753K and Manhattan New Music Projects, with footage shot by teaching artist Betty Bastidas. full length video: excerpt:

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Interdisciplinary music-theatre program for Special Needs students, at Brooklyn School for Career development (B.C.S.D 753K) in Brooklyn NY. 


21st Century Learning Program  2006 / Commissioned by Manhattan New Music Project.

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Karrer’s Music and Performing Skills residency with Manhattan New Music Project’s 21st Century Learning Program, at PS 21 in Staten Island, NY.


The Creative Process  2005 / Commissioned by the Avampato Museum, for their permanent collection. full length video: excerpt:


Instrument building, music and performing skills residency sponsored by Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston West Virginia, with funds from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Featuring artist-educators Ken Butler, David Simons, and Lisa Karrer. The soundtrack was recorded in collaboration with David Simons.