Workshops

And Still We Rise-associated workshops including $2 per person Make & Take activities

The museum offers engaging workshops developed for children from preschool to high school grade levels. The interactive workshop settings complement the long-term and short-term exhibitions, and thereby encourage exploration and appreciation of the histories and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. The workshops enhance and/or reinforce the participant’s knowledge base in social studies, language arts, geography and visual arts.

Ring of Genealogy – High School through Adult

Visitors will become the genealogical researcher of their own family history. Beginning with a tour of the Ring of Genealogy art mural, techniques are discussed that can help anyone become the family historian.
 

Treasure Hunt – Grades 6 - 12

A comprehensive search and answer quiz for use while on tour of the “And Still We Rise” exhibit encourages students to use their problem solving skills to determine the meaning of words, phrases and techniques used to enslave Africans. Discover what led to slavery, how slaves escaped, and even secret codes and the development of the African American Culture.

Underground Railroad Pictograms – Grades K - 3

Pictograms are simple pictures without words that everyone can understand. By using contemporary pictograms as examples, children will create their own Underground Railroad pictogram communicating a message of their choice.

Album Cover Workshop (Grades 5-12th)

To provide a fun activity intended for students to use their imagination and work independently to design their own music album cover, as if it were their own band or solo album. In addition, this workshop will introduce several different examples of popular music from their community as well as discussions of musicians, old and new.  This workshop is directly related to the “Sound Effects Store” gallery featured in And Still We Rise exhibition.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Satisfies Eras Representing National Standards (5-12); Post-World War II United States, and America in a New Global Age. Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.    

Literacy Component: Each student will use key vocabulary words to create the back of the album cover. Students will write out song titles and credits on the back of the album cover.

Diabetes in Our Community(DOC) Workshop (Grades 5th-7th)

The DOC workshop is targeted toward middle school and high school students. In this workshop, the students play the role of pre-medical students attending a conference focused on Type 2 diabetes.  Moreover, the students learn the importance of diabetes prevention and work in teams to prepare a diagnostic question board about their patient.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Inquiry involves generating questions, conducting investigations, and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation.

Literacy Component: The students will read and annotate a brief article focused on diabetes, symptoms and treatment. The students will learn the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, the students will generate questions about their patient (Case Study) to create a diagnostic question board.

Science in Motion Workshop (Grades K-5th)

Science in Motion is an activity intended for very young students, likened to an interpretive dance activity. Using a series of pictures with science concepts (states of matter for example), students will dance and act out notable characteristics of said scientific elements.  This energetic activity highlights different science concepts found in our Inspiring Minds exhibit, which students will then act and dance out in a game of science charades.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Inquiry involves generating questions, conducting investigations, and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation.

Literacy Component: The students will write and tell a brief personal story about their “role” as a particle in a substance that changes from solid to a liquid then finally a gas. What happens to me during the changing of states?

Young Futurist Workshop (Grades 5th-12th

Young Futurist is a drawing workshop where students will complete a self-portrait, along with descriptions of accomplishments and/or aspirations that will make their mark on the world. Using examples of leaders in Inspiring Minds, students can use this workshop as visionary workshop to chart their own dreams. A follow up activity may be conducted when students return to their classrooms to help devise a plan for accomplishing their goals, or a research activity which might help them further refine their initial idea. Teachers may also choose to use the completed pieces to be utilized in the classroom space.  In this workshop, students will complete a drawn self-portrait, review their aspirations, and acknowledge all the possibilities their bright futures hold. 

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Explore and experiment with materials and processes while creating artwork based on personal routines, activities, or environments.

Literacy Component: The students will write descriptions of their future accomplishments and discuss their reasons behind their personal artwork to the class.

Restoring the Dream (RTD) Workshop (Grades 5th – 12th

In this workshop, the students will explore the role of marches and peaceful protests in the Civil Rights Movement. The students would create a picket sign that expresses social changes in their community. We focus on everyday issues: promoting education, preventing drug usage, ending violence and many more. 

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Satisfies Eras Representing National Standards (5-12); Post-World War II United States, and America in a New Global Age.     

Literacy Component: The students learn about peaceful protests from the Civil Rights Movement and vocabulary to create their own picket signs.

Pictogram and Children’s Discovery Room (CDR) (Grades K – 3rd)

This educational experience is specifically targeted toward K – 3rd grade audiences is entitled Underground Railroad Pictograms, along with a Children’s Discovery Room (CDR).  Pictograms are simple pictures without words that everyone can understand. By using contemporary pictograms as examples, children will create their own Underground Railroad pictogram communicating a message of their choice. Thus, our core exhibition and workshops focus on teaching racial tolerance.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Temporal Thinking, Historical Analysis and Interpretation, Historical Inquiry, Historical Understanding, The History of the United States, The History of People’s from Many Cultures around the World. 

Literacy Component:  Children take away the encouragement of their pursuit of knowledge and reiterates what they have learned with their visit to the museum in an entertaining and comfortable environment.  

Visualizing African American Art (Grades 4th – 12th)

This fun activity is intended for a broad audience (youth and adults) where the audience builds their own narrative about African American art displayed throughout the Wright Museum. This workshop utilizes art and visualization thinking strategies (VST) to develop critical thinking skills, communication and visual literacy skills. Adults and youth will develop their own individual narrative about the African American art work and discuss their ideas as a group discussion. Our Museum Educators facilitate learner-centered discussions of selected African American Art.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Satisfies Eras Representing National Standards (5-12); Post-World War II United States, and America in a New Global Age.     

Literacy component: This workshop uses art to develop critical thinking skills, communication and visual literacy skills.