Pop-Up Children's Book Museum, University Campus
Digital Repatriation: 100 Maori Artworks from 5 University Collections
About the Project:
- Role: Project Lead
- Artist: Faith Ringgold
- Partner: Yelle Elementary School 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades
During my undergrad college days, I headed a “A Children’s First Art Gallery” with the goal of attracting young students from the surrounding community to the university campus and provide them with a “first look” at works of original children's book art. The ad-hoc gallery space, designed especially for this young audience, allowed for maximum understanding of how to help tell a story through artistic practices, and the different mediums artists chose to use. This, in turn, showed these young students that (pop-up) art museums are not just places for adults but fun spaces for their own enjoyment and education.
We chose to highlight the work of Faith Ringgold through her book Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky. It combines imaginative storytelling, the history of Harriet Tubman's life and the realities of slavery. At the local Yelle elementary school students has been studying the Underground Railroad, slavery, abolitionists and biographies of that time. According to 4th grade teacher Sara Horton, "The students talked about [Ringgold] all the way back to school…we have never gotten the chance to put our social studies text to current events. This was amazing…. I took lots of pictures of the field trip. We are going to use them to create our own story quilt and showcase it on the bulletin board outside of our classroom."