Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop

Last month, approximately thirty K-12 teachers joined MIA staff and volunteers for a Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop at the MIA. Joe D. Horse Capture, Associate Curator of Native American Art and Amanda Thompson Rundahl, Innovation Engineer, introduced the 2011 expansion of “Young People’s Ofrenda: Expressions of Life and Remembrance” to include 4 partner high schools (Austin, Humboldt, Edison, and El Colegio). All four schools will make ofrendas and contribute videos to the blog. Each school will send 15 ofrendas by student artists to the MIA for exhibition November 1 through December 4, 2011.

Sheila McGuire, Manager of Learning Resources then walked educators from partner and non-partner schools through our brand new Young People’s Ofrendas Teacher’s Guide in English and Spanish. She encouraged teachers to adopt it as part of their fall curriculum in art, Spanish, or other subject areas. The workshop wrapped up with guided tours of objects in the MIA’s permanent collection that represent many world cultures and relate to the Teacher’s Guide overarching theme “honoring ancestors.” Docent led tours on this theme can be requested by all teachers by using this form.

As you follow the project via this blog throughout the fall, you’ll hear from Joe, Amanda, Sheila, and our intern Pati Hibbard, as well as from the students and teachers at the four partner high schools.