A Peek Into the Museum's Education Department
For the past few years, the Museum's Education Department has been gathering a collection of objects, specifically to use for programs with school students. The collection is mostly comprised of deaccessioned objects from our main collection and reproduction objects. These objects are used in a variety of programs, including primary source workshops like the Curator's Challenge.
In the Curator's Challenge workshop, students work in teams to design an exhibit. Prior to the program, our Museum Teachers carefully select and place objects on tables in the Howell Classroom. When the students arrive, they work in small teams to do the following:
-study the objects at their table,-decide if the objects are connected in any way,-write exhibit labels for the objects on the Curator's Challenge worksheet,-name the exhibit (creativity encouraged!).
At the end of the program, each team reports out to their classmates, sharing their exhibit and objects. This activity paired with the education collection gives students hands-on experience with analyzing artifacts, documents, photographs and other types of resources.
We continue to add to the education collection every year. Just this month, we've acquired several fascinating new objects including swordfish and sawfish bills!
If you are interested in booking a primary source workshop in the Museum's Howell Classroom or in YOUR classroom (yes, this program travels!), please contact Rebecca Shea to make a reservation: 860.572.5322 ext. 1 (weekdays between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mystic Seaport is currently looking for creative, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers to participate in the Mystic Seaport for Educators (MSE) website research and content creation program.
MSE is a collaborative website, created by educators and featuring hundreds of primary sources from the Museum’s world-class collection. Maritime-focused artifacts, documents, maps, lectures, scholar interviews, and lesson plans come to life on the website and serve as easy to access tools for any teacher’s classroom.
The MSE Summer Fellowship program focuses on the research and development of features for the website. Educators selected for the program spend time in training, and working with Museum staff to explore the collections and write content for the website. Completed projects are then transformed into website features by Museum staff, the following school year.
Check out this short video about the program. Application found here. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Mystic Seaport Museum is currently accepting applications for a Teacher Fellow position to create online materials for students and teachers, for our upcoming exhibit, Sailor Creators and the Sea as Studio. The materials will be featured on the Mystic Seaport for Educators Website.
The ideal candidate will have a background in interdisciplinary learning and an interest in history and material culture. The project would begin in January 2020 and would involve working with the exhibit’s curator as well as other Museum staff in exhibits, collections, and education. The project will involve the creation of materials in an online resource set, including artifact articles, videos, maps, and lesson plans. The fellow contributions should be completed by the end of April, to prepare online materials before the exhibit opens in June of 2020. The fellow will also participate in leading a teacher professional development program in the exhibit. There is a $1,000 stipend for the completed project.
Summary of Exhibit
Sailors have created art on long voyages for centuries. Sailor-made art exploded in the 1800s, as more merchant vessels plied the world’s oceans, whaling voyages took men away from home for years at a time, and naval crews responded to conditions on ships in war and peace. In the harsh working environment of the sea, self-taught sailor artists used the materials on hand to create decorative and utilitarian objects to express themselves, stave off boredom, and engage with the wider world.
This exhibit will explore the reasons why sailors made art at sea, and will emphasize the skill, creativity, and intentionality involved in the creation of these objects. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will be introduced to the ways that the working world of the ship and the social environment of shore inspired the art that sailors made. They will be encouraged to think about the common human impulse to create.
How to Apply
Candidates must currently be employed as a teacher in a K-12 classroom. Preference will be given to teachers who have not been involved in any other content creation programs at the Museum.
To apply, please fill out this Google Form and attach you resume: https://forms.gle/Yh29ce3ttUVVLwcSA
Applications will be accepted through December 20, 2019.
If you have difficulty completing the application form and uploading your resume, please contact Krystal Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org.