LOUISIANA HERITAGE EDUCATION RESOURCES AT TEACHER EXPO AND OPEN HOUSE -- 05/02/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2006
LOUISIANA HERITAGE EDUCATION RESOURCES AT TEACHER EXPO AND OPEN HOUSE
BATON ROUGE, LA - The new Heritage Education Program of the Office of Cultural Development in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism will host a Teacher Expo and Open House at the new Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on Saturday, May 20, 2006 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Louisiana Heritage Education Program is a collaboration of the educational programs of the Louisiana Folklife Program, Division of Archaeology, and Division of Historic Preservation.
Teachers will be able to tour this exciting new museum, observe Louisiana folk artists at work; meet teachers doing creative, standards-based heritage programs in their classrooms; help build a palmetto hut; and learn ways to enhance their fieldtrips to Capitol Park. Lunch will be provided. K-12 educators who would like to participate are invited to contact Eileen Engel, the Louisiana Voices Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-902-1638. Reservations are required.
"This teacher expo is a new opportunity for teachers to link the museum exhibits to classroom curriculum through the Heritage Education Program's resources," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, who oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Our youth need integrated, hands-on learning techniques, and this is the perfect opportunity for teachers to learn about resources that teach skills needed to fully utilize our state's exceptional cultural resources." The Louisiana Voices Educator's Guide, www.louisianavoices.org, offers lessons that feature some artifacts exhibited in the museum, and more. Louisiana archaeology educational resources, www.crt.state.la.us/archaeology, has activities related to the State Museum's exhibit on Poverty Point. Louisiana Studies in Historic Preservation, www.laheritage.org, helps teachers and students make connections to the architectural features of the museum exhibits. All materials are free or online.
The new Louisiana State Museum - Baton Rouge opened to the public on February 1, 2006. It is a part of the Louisiana State Museum system under the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and features thematic exhibits on the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry, and culture. Topics range from the Louisiana Purchase to Sportsmen's Paradise to Mardi Gras traditions throughout the state. Artifacts include a 48-foot wooden shrimp trawler, a Civil War submarine, a record-breaking Marlin, a krewe of lawnmowers, a New Orleans Lucky Dog cart, and music artifacts from Fats Domino, Buddy Guy, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Aaron Neville, and much more. Visitors will also be able to see Alexander Tylevich's 30-foot suspended sculpture, "River of Memory" in the three-story atrium lobby, awarded through the Louisiana Percent for Art Program.
In addition to the museum exhibits, displays from educational programs within the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and an affiliated organization will be available for teachers to learn about other innovative resources, including Louisiana State Museum education programs, Louisiana State Parks curriculum-based materials and interpretative programs, State Library of Louisiana, and Louisiana Office of Tourism. In addition, information about three grants programs open to Louisiana educators will be available. Louisiana Division of the Arts-Arts in Education Program provides funds to make arts basic to learning. Louisiana Learn and Serve provides funding for service-learning programs in K-12 public schools. Heritage Education--Louisiana, a program of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, provides funds for teachers to use a wide variety of heritage-based resources in the classroom.
This event is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts granted to the Louisiana Voices Folklife in Education Program.