MHC Takes "How to Remember" into Public Schools

Mary Grassetti, an FP who will graduate this spring, has designed a grade-school lesson plan to coordinate with the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum's How to Remember exhibit about the designing of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Grassetti, who is working toward teacher certification and will do her student teaching next semester, hopes to teach fifth or sixth grade starting next year. As an administrative intern at the MHC museum, she's involved in a variety of education-related projects, including designing a Web page for the museum.

"Kids get more out of their trip to the museum if they are prepared for it in advance," explains Grassetti. "I've designed a plan around the How to Remember exhibit which explains and explores why we create monuments and memorials. We present the lesson prior to the class's field trip to the museum." Grassetti, who worked with Amy Dane, art education coordinator at the museum, gave a training workshop for other MHC student-teachers who will also teach in the program. Six students and Grassetti will present the How to Remember program in communities including South Hadley, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, and Springfield beginning October 20.

If teaching art appreciation in area public schools sounds appealing, contact Amy Dane through the museum at x2245. She'll soon be training students to present the in-school component of a spring museum program on "Daily Life and Afterlife: Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome."