El Museo’s Making Connections is an extensive bilingual partnership program (10 sessions, 90 minutes each) that focuses on schools and community organizations. Making Connections uses art as a platform to approach, explore, and unpack a variety of cultural and socially relevant topics. These artist-in-residency programs begin with a series of conversations about the needs and concerns of the participants, utilizing art inquiry and object-based activities to develop unique programming and curricula to address those needs. El Museo identifies local bilingual teaching artists within the district and trains them to bring the richness of Latino and Latin American culture to their curricula. This program will include visits to El Museo, where the participants can have a transformative artistic experience through our programs, Talleres (art studios), and weekly hands-on workshops centered on visual explorations of various relevant topics.

2017 – 2018 Making Connection Partnerships Include:

PS 72 – The Lexington Academy
Fight for What’s Right!

Inspired by Aztec, Maya, Inca & Taíno sculptures, students studied their history, meaning and purposes to re-imagine how their own cultures could address contemporary needs. Students began by practicing carving techniques with soap, as well as practicing relief and 3-D techniques. Students then sketched and designed their own sculpture that could address or combat current social issues. The student’s self-selected social issues such as gun control, Trump, climate change, etc. that their sculpture could be a spiritual amulet or personal deity for.

Inspirados en esculturas Azteca, Maya, Inca y Taíno, estudiantes examinaron su historia, significado y propósitos para re-imaginar cómo pueden atender necesidades modernas. Los estudiantes comenzaron a practicar técnicas de tallado 3-D usando barras de jabón. Después, estudiantes dibujaron y diseñaron esculturas que podrían hablar de temas sociales como el control de armas, Trump, el cambio climático, etcétera, para que sus esculturas se usen como amuleto espiritual o deidad personal.

Participants/Participantes: B. Ariza, Y. Cabrera, M. Campohermoso, E. Cleto Montero, K. Cortes, H. Cruz, M.  DeJesus, J. Encarnacion, L.  Flores, J. Flores, A. Garcia, L.  Herrera, G. Moncada, J. L. Puntiel, A.  Reyes-Rojas, E. Rivera, R. Romano, S. Rosario, A. Santiag, A. Solis, J. Tejeda, L. Valdez, J. Vega, K. Zhagui

Educators/Educadores: Beto Sepúlveda, El Museo del Barrio and Jeff Zohn, P.S. 72

 

PS 83 – Luis Muñoz Rivera
El Museo de las Cabezas

El Museo de las Cabezas is a collaboration between PS 83 and El Museo del Barrio. It represents an examination of head shaped ceramic vessels from indigenous cultures of Peru. Third graders began this work by looking at images of vessels by Inca, Moche, Nazca, Wari and Chavin cultures. The students made drawings which form the backdrop of the exhibition. Working in pairs, students created papier mache heads. Students chose and agreed upon which art historical exemplar they would replicate as a team.

El Museo de las Cabezas es una colaboración entre PS 83 y El Museo del Barrio. Esta colaboración representa una exploración de buques que le pertenecen a varias culturas indígenas del Perú. Antes de crear sus obras, este grupo de estudiantes examinaron dibujos de las culturas Inca, Moche, Nazca, Wari y Chavin. Los estudiantes crearon las obras que formaron el fondeo de la exhibición. Trabajando en parejas, crearon cabezas de papier mache y juntos, eligieron cuál cultura indígena representar. 

Participants/Participantes: M. Alguhiem, N. A.  Robles, A. Ayala, G. Bermeo, Chowdhury, D. Pola, C. Delarosa, A. Diarra, Y.Esquivel, A. Feng, W. A. Griffin, M. Guerrero, L. M. Jones, J. Juarez, M. Lupercio, E. Perkins, A. Read, B. Reyes, S. Torres, P. Yu

Educators/Educadores: Paul Lambermont, El Museo del Barrio and Olga Tsoupros, P.S. 83

 

PS 180 Hugo Newman School
Community Quilt

In January of this year, two kindergarten classes and one first grade class at P.S.180 Hugo Newman School in Harlem set out to explore connections between Three Kings Day, which they had studied in class and celebrated with us here at El Museo del Barrio, the diversity within their classroom, and how we each mark the different celebrations in our various cultures.

Students at P.S. 180 have either immigrated from, or have family from all over the world, including Puerto Rico, Israel, France, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Zimbabwe, England, Japan, and so many others. In today’s political climate, we wanted to make a final art work that acknowledges and celebrates our diversity and unique classroom communities. To that end, each student created their own representations of their favorite holidays, using the Mexican repujado technique of embossing a soft metal sheet. These were all then connected into one class quilt, conveying the students’ appreciation for their own cultures as well as for one another.

En enero de este año, dos grupos de guardería y un grupo de primer grado de la escuela P.S. 190 Hugo Newman School en Harlem, exploraron las conexiones entre el festejo de Día de Reyes, el cual celebraron aquí en El Museo del Barrio. Los grupos exploraron las conexiones entre esta celebración, la diversidad de etnias en sus salones de clase, y la importancia de celebrar culturas diferentes.

Los estudiantes de P.S. 180 han inmigrado de varios países, o tienen familia de en otras partes del mundo, como Puerto Rico, Israel, Francia, República Dominicana, México, Zimbabue, Inglaterra, Japón, y muchos más. En el actual clima político, queríamos crear arte que reconoce y celebra nuestra diversidad y comunidades de la clase. Cada estudiante creó su propia representación de su celebración favorita, usando la técnica Mexicana del repujado. Las piezas fueron unidas para crear una colcha, la cual representa la apreciación de sus propias culturas y las de sus compañeros.    

Participants/Participantes: C. Binisti, A. Chandler, L. Diaz, S. Espinal, G. Felix, A. Guerra, S. Jimenez, M. Hinson, A. Hoyle, E. Hu-Au, E. Lopez, L. Manchelle, M. Magner, J. Martinez, N. Navarro-Balloch, F. Neiubuurt, A. Sierra, A. R. Tavarez, S. Tutalo, A. White, R. Vasquez, S. Zibi ZIbi, A. Abreu, E. Beauvais, S. Beauvais, J. Bueso, S. Clayton, A. Cofield, W. Hollington, K. Marega, N. Maull, A. Polanco, M. Rolle, A.  Rosario, C. S. Dolberg, T. Vanderhorst, K. Williams, Z. Williamns, J. Wright, S.  Ziah

Educators/Educadores: Hannah Heller, El Museo del Barrio and Tara Crean, Rebecca Choron, Rochel Most, Mildred Peguero, P.S. 83

 

Hunter High School
Belkis Ayon and The World of Myths

During the fall of 2017, a group of students from Hunter High School were immersed in the world of printmaking, specifically collographs. The exhibition “NKAME: A retrospective of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón” provided inspiration for the students to create their own prints based on a myth of their choosing. Belkis Ayón, a master printmaker from Cuba based her entire body of work on a myth from the Abakuá people, yet she infused her images with her own imagination, creating new meanings. Based on Ayón’s way of working, and a specific printmaking technique, students interlaced images of their myth with images of the Abakuá creation myth. This partnership with was done in collaboration with their Spanish teacher Amelia Betancour.

En el otoño del 2017, un grupo de estudiantes de Hunter High School se sumergieron en el mundo del grabado, con una especialización en ológrafos. La exhibición “NKAME: A retrospective of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón” sirvió como inspiración para que los estudiantes crearan sus propias obras motivadospor un mito que ellos mismos eligieron. La cubana Belkis Ayón,  maestra de grabado, inspirada en el mito del génesis de la cultura Abakuáy usando su propia imaginación para sus piezas creó nuevas definiciones. Usando el mismo estilo de grabado y técnica, los estudiantes entrelazaron imágenes de sus mitos con el de la cultura Abakuá. Esta colaboración se hizo con la maestra de español, Amelia Betancour.

Partner/En colaboración con: Hunter High School

Participants/Participantes: A. Beno, I. Best, E. Guo,L. Hixson, M. Horn, C. Huang, Mints, P. Ngai, L. O’Donnell, A. Obstler, J. Rosenberg, B. Rosenn, E. Schoeman, Sheinerman, A. Sui, B. Sullivan, E. Tso, I. Uribe Echevarria

Educators/Educadores: Polina Porras, El Museo del Barrio and Amelia Betancour, Hunter High School