Fairfield and Bridgeport students collaborate on museum exhibit

Fairfield Museum and History Center will host its annual collaborative exhibition between Fairfield’s Unquowa School and New Beginnings Academy of Bridgeport, “Our Nation’s Generations: American Roots,” through Sunday, March 10. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the museum on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“For the past five years, Fairfield Museum and History Center, which created the concept for Our Nation’s Generations, a collaborative learning project that brings together students from diverse backgrounds to develop their own exhibition at the museum, has coordinated the joint effort between schools,” said Christine Jewell, director of education and community programming for the museum. “This year’s theme, American Roots was inspired by the Fairfield Museum’s current exhibition, ‘Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation’ and students explored the question, ‘What does it mean to be an American?’ through tours of exhibits at the Fairfield Museum and the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield.”

This project encourages students’ understanding of their family, community history and their own unique place in the world. This 2013 project pairs eighth grade students from The Unquowa School and New Beginnings Family Academy. The students worked together on historical research, reading literature, writing speeches and developing arts-based activities. The project encourages a broad understanding of freedom, equality and citizenship, Jewell added.

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