The Virtual Museum Activity began as an exercise in Ms. Ayanna Muhammad's Museum Studies classes. The idea was developed with the Ellington Innovations Team to inspire collaboration between classes and departments during distance learning. The museum features three galleries that feature the work of students from different classes.
The Art as Activism Gallery features submissions created by students in Ms. Muhammad's Art Appreciation and Art History classes. These works of art were created in response to the Living Through History Cornerstone that asked students to respond to the events of the last 6 months through art.
The second gallery, The Message, features a collaborative lesson for the 10th-grade Museum Studies students that spanned across Ms. Nekisha Durrette's Exhibit Design II class, Mr. Javis Grant's Museum Communications II and Digital Media I classes, and Ms. Muhammad's Art History class. This gallery serves as a teaser for the first full exhibition from the Museum Studies department in November which will showcase the work of students from all grades.
The final gallery, Be proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future honors the Hispanic Heritage Month theme for 2020. The junior and senior Museum Studies students in Ms. Muhammad's Musuem Communications III and Gallery Management classes created an interactive virtual celebration that featured mini-lessons and historical information for classes to participate in. Including Latin dance classes hosted by Ms. Nikki Sutton's Dance Composition class from the DESA Dance Department for Ms. Muhammad's Cultural Studies students to enjoy.
Special thanks to DESA Innovations Team members Thom Woodward, Robin Harris, and Kelli Anderson!