Our Nation’s Generations: American Roots
February 22 – March 10, 2013
Our Nation’s Generations is a collaborative learning project that brings together students from diverse backgrounds to develop their own exhibition at the Fairfield Museum. This year’s theme, American Roots is inspired by the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation. Students explored the question of “what does it mean to be an American” through exhibit tours at the Fairfield Museum and the Aldrich Museum.
This initiative is designed to encourage students’ understanding of their family, community history and their own unique place in the world. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 project pairs 8th grade students from The Unquowa School (Fairfield) and New Beginnings Family Academy (Bridgeport). The students worked together in a process of historical research, reading literature, writing speeches and arts-based activities. The project encourages a broad understanding of freedom, equality and citizenship.
Our Nation’s Generations: Sustainable Cities
Student Exhibition Project
January 27 – April 22, 2012
“Our Nation’s Generations,” launched in 2009, is a unique, multidisciplinary program that partners teachers, schools and the Museum to challenge students to create their own exhibition which is displayed in the Museum’s galleries. The students tour the Fairfield Museum, view the exhibits and respond to an essential question through historical research, inquiry, writing and arts-based activities. The project encourages a broad understanding of family and the students’ role in their communities.
Sustainable Cities: What is your vision for sustainability and positive growth for the city of Bridgeport? How can an abandoned building or empty lot help to change the city for the future?
“Our Nation’s Generations: Sustainable Cities” partnered two schools from Bridgeport and Fairfield with the Fairfield Museum and History Center to challenge students to design and to create proposals for the city of Bridgeport’s urban planning initiatives. Over the past several months, a group of 5th grade students from New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport were partnered with and mentored by 8th grade students from The Unquowa School in Fairfield. The older students mentored the younger urban students in a series of activities that explored the history of the built environment, including the architecture of Bridgeport.
The students also looked to the future and became problem-solvers and urban planners to develop proposals for urban revitalization. The result is a 3 month exhibition that will open on Friday, January 27 showcasing the students’ work to develop sustainable plans for the empty lots and abandoned buildings on upper Main Street in Bridgeport. The exhibit features the students’ innovative ideas, computer models, writing, poetry and photography.
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View the Student Group Proposals