Museum of the Moving Image Features Conversation with Joan Ganz Cooney Tonight, 5/2


Museum of the Moving Image presents a conversation with television pioneer Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Workshop and originator of Sesame Street. Moderated by CBS reporter Lesley Stahl, the program will take place tonight, May 2, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Museum's main theater. Cooney will discuss her career and talk about her current work with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which is dedicated to advancing children's learning in the digital age.

Tickets for "Children and Television: An Evening with Joan Ganz Cooney" are $25 public / $15 Museum members (free for Silver Screen members and above). Advance tickets are available online at or by calling (718) 777- 6800.

"Mrs. Cooney's work has had an enormous influence in the world of education and entertainment," said Carl Goodman, the Museum's executive director. "Her innovations in children's television have shaped generations of people here and abroad. She shares the Museum's common interests in education and the moving image, and we are thrilled to present this special conversation, moderated by Lesley Stahl, one of the most respected journalists in television."

In 1968, Joan Ganz Cooney co-founded the Children's Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop), "the single largest teacher of young children in the world," and created Sesame Street. The show has been broadcast daily since 1969 in the United States on the more than 300 stations of the Public Broadcasting Service and is seen by millions of children in more than 150 countries. One of the first television shows with a multicultural cast, Sesame Street addresses a wide spectrum of children's issues using the power of media and the appeal of humor, music, and the Sesame Street Muppets to engage children.