MAKE HISTORY:COMMUNITY AS CLASSROOM

Make History: Community as Classroom.
April 7-May 19, 2018
Opening Reception, Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., first and third Saturdays of each month.
For more information, please contact us at 207-384-2454, JewettHouse@historicnewengland.org or visit the website www.historicnewengland.org
Historic New England presents Make History, an exhibition featuring the work of Marshwood High School art students in Ceramics and Mixed Media, at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the site. At the opening reception, student artists will have an opportunity to talk about their work with event attendees. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
Make History: Community as Classroom is an exhibition to run from April 1-May 19, 2018 at Sarah Orne Jewett Visitor Center. The exhibition is the result of creative collaboration of shared teaching and learning experiences between Historic New England Education Program Coordinator Julia Einstein and Marshwood High School Visual Art Faculty, Jeff Vinciguerra, and Rebecca Poliquin. We’re proud to have faculty from Visual Art Department Head Patricia Sevigny-Higgins who was chosen by The Maine Art Education Association to receive the 2018 Distinguished Educator Award for the state of Maine.
Jeff Vinciguerra describes this project, “Everything about the project fits perfectly with my own philosophies as an educator. This process has been a great way to shake up my routine and make meaningful connections between my classroom, the community, and local history. As someone interested in the local history we are fortunate to have well documented around here I was thrilled to begin this process. I’ve noticed my students seem to appreciate the magnitude of this project and have been deeply engaged while building their ceramic objects and managing the various deadlines they are under.”
Rebecca Poliquin was inspired to use this project as a model in her current studies for a degree in a Master of Art Teaching. She says, “My Mixed Media class developed big ideas that were inspired by their visit to the Sarah Orne Jewett House; themes included history, nature, time, and place. Some of the students had previous experience with the Sarah Orne Jewett house because it is such a notable part of the community. Many of them had been to the museum during the Hike Through History in elementary school so this was a nice opportunity to return to the house and relive their past experiences.”
For more information please contact:
Julia Einstein
Maine Education Program Coordinator
Historic New England
Sarah Orne Jewett House
5 Portland Street
South Berwick, Maine 03908
207-384-2454 ext.2
www.historicnewengland.org

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