Virtual Professional Development - Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea

with Special Presentations by Curator Mirelle Luecke and Teacher Christina O'Brien

The Education Department is excited to announce our upcoming Teacher Virtual PD, which will highlight our newest exhibit, Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Sailor Made highlights more than 200 objects from the Museum’s collection, many of which have long been hidden from public view. Each artifact has its own story, and through the work of exhibition curator Mirelle Luecke, Ph.D., much new information has been uncovered about the objects in the show.

When stuck in the difficult, dangerous, and sometimes monotonous environment of the ship, sailors used art to express themselves. The designs they inscribed on scrimshaw, the types of household items they made, and the ways they used different materials were all intentions, and tell us something about the sailors themselves, their experiences, and the world they lived in,” said Luecke.These stories show how creating art enabled sailors to differentiate their labor and leisure time in the otherwise all-consuming work environment of the ship.

During the PD, we will unveil our newest Mystic Seaport Museum for Educators exhibit resource set, developed by history teacher Christina O’Brien of North Providence High School. Tina will share stories from these artifact treasures and share ideas for how your students can interact with and learn from the primary sources found in the exhibit and online. We’ll also be joined by Curator Mirelle Luecke and Exhibits Director Elysa Engelman who will share some behind the scenes details about the exhibit. Finally, Education Staff will share our virtual offerings with participants.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2020
4-6 pm
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