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NEH Grant to Support 2009 Summer Teacher Institute

A four-week, 2009 Summer Teacher Institute at UMass Dartmouth will use Winslow Homer's paintings as the point of departure for a voyage of discovery about maritime history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A four-week, 2009 Summer Teacher Institute at UMass Dartmouth will use Winslow Homer's paintings as the point of departure for a voyage of discovery about maritime history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded UMass Dartmouth a "We the People" grant of $168,805 to support the project, "Maritime America in the Age of Winslow Homer," led by Dr. Arlene Black Mollo, professor of art education, and Dr. Mary Malloy, a maritime studies faculty member at Sea Education Association, Woods Hole.

The "We the People" designation recognizes initiatives that strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America.

"Through this project, we believe a richer picture of both experience and perceptions of that experience are possible when the broadest possible range of sources is examined," Mollo said. "For teachers, maritime culture, especially as understood in the broader context of American history and society, provides a genuine entrée into multiple subject disciplines."

Twenty-five teacher participants will be selected from a pool of national applicants. They will study a range of materials such as works of art and literature, objects, landscapes, the built environment, descendant communities and historical documents.

In addition, they will take several trips to do close viewing of specific artworks and artifacts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard University museums, the Sterling and Francine Clark Museum in Williamstown and at the Portland Museum of Art. By special arrangement with the Portland Museum of Art, teachers will visit Winslow Homer's studio on Prout's Neck, Maine. Also planned is a viewing of the cartography collections at Brown University's John Carter Brown Library.

"As participants, teachers from across the nation will develop cross disciplinary lessons and teaching materials for classrooms that will be posted to the project's web site for global use," Mollo said. "My hope is that this project will be sustained in future years to encompass new themes and new opportunities for teachers' intellectual enrichment. My true joy would be to have youngsters across the nation benefit from their teachers' new experiences and knowledge."

The institute will take place from July 12 through August 8, 2009 at Woodland Commons on campus and also make use of resources at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  All teachers selected to participate in the institute will be awarded a fixed stipend based on the length of the institute to help cover travel costs, books and other research and living expenses. Application materials for teachers will be available in late October at www.neh.gov/projects/si-school.html

Also involved will be a number of national scholars and consultants, including: Chancellor Professor Emeritus of Art History Thomas Puryear (UMass Dartmouth); Prince of Asturias Professor of History Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Tufts University); Professor Marc Simpson (Williams College and Curator of American Art, Sterling and Francine Clark Museum); Captain Peg Brandon (Maine Maritime Academy); Dr. Stuart Frank (Senior Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum); Stacey Rodenberger (Portland Museum of Art, Department of Education); Marcia Kessler (Old Rochester Regional School District); and Lori Bradley, New Bedford, Project Web Design/Coordinator.

"I am absolutely delighted to be working with such a bright and innovative group of people who will share their love of art and the sea, a collaborative spirit, a deep knowledge of their fields and a quest to forge new relationships centered on educational discovery," Mollo said.

For more information about the institute, visit www.neh.gov/projects/si-school.html or contact Prof. Arlene Mollo at 508.999.9204.

 

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  10-Oct-2008
Department:   College of Visual & Performing Arts

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