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On October 6, 2017, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools began a nine-month nursery school to high school educational program based on the American Epic films. The program is a multi-disciplinary course across 15 grades. The school founded by progressive educator John Dewey in 1896 has over 2,015 students. The program features film director Bernard MacMahon and co-writer and producer Allison McGourty as Artists in Residence.

"The program is designed to further Lab's mission by bringing practicing artists to campus, in various capacities, to work directly with Lab students. The artist in residence concept—successfully tested in other ways at Lab—has the potential to ignite creativity in entirely new and unexpected ways. By working side-by-side with leading artistic practitioners, our students and our faculty benefit. It is absolutely consistent with how John Dewey envisioned a community of learners."

- David Kistenbroker, Lab Board Chair -


"American Epic is more than a music documentary, this is history."

- Sir Elton John -

"A feast of musical and educational riches."

- The Hollywood Reporter -