The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

School Programs

Welcome to School and Teacher Programs!

  • Interested in scheduling a field trip? Call 831.429.1964 x 7020 or e-mail jamie@santacruzmah.org to book today!

 ** Attention Teachers:

  • The Santa Cruz County History Gallery is getting a refresh.The gallery is currently closed and will open again in September 18, 2015!
  • We have updated our field trip program to focus on community building! Please read below for a description of the new format. If you are interested in additional information please email jamie@santacruzmah.org

 

NEW!  Field trip Experiencevania

Price: $50     Duration: 2 hours

Grade level: 3rd- 5th

COME BUILD COMMUNITY WITH US

an integrative art & history experience

Students coming to the museum on a school field trip will have the opportunity to bridge art and history in a fun full-museum immersive adventure with a focus on community building.

Using art and history as the driving force, students will unpack Santa Cruz history to build a more connected and meaningful community. Taking on specific identity roles from Santa Cruz past, students will rebuild a stronger and brighter future through collaborative creative projects.

Here’s How:

  • Students will break into teams of three and be provided an identity relevant to Santa Cruz history and culture
  • Each group will receive a kit and guide for their identity that includes costumes, props  and a map to explore the museum. The map will lead students to investigate the past in order to collaboratively build a better future.
  • Along the way, students will encounter additional characters from Santa Cruz history, participate in interactive activities, complete a scavenger hunt, all in preparation for a final collaborative project
  • To conclude, groups will build and re-shape our community based upon the identity they explored by crafting their own structures to be displayed here at the museum.

 

Tombstone Tales

Price: $35     Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Want to know the stories behind the tombstones? Established in 1850s, Evergreen Cemetery serves as the final resting place of some of the Santa Cruz County’s earliest settlers. Our community’s history is uncovered as docents tell stories and share memories of those buried at Evergreen. Each tour is an hour and a half.

 

NEW!  Field Trip Experience for Teens IMG_0844

Price: $50     Duration: 1 hour

Grade level: 6th -12th

COME BUILD COMMUNITY WITH US

an integrative art & history experience

Students coming to the museum on a middle school or high school  field trip will have the opportunity to bridge art and history in a full-museum immersive adventure with a focus on youth empowerment and change making.

Using art and history as the driving force, students will learn about Santa Cruz history to build a more connected and meaningful community. Focusing on a few specific people from Santa Cruz past, and some amazing contemporary artists, students will learn about social issues in the community (past and present) and brainstorm ways to make a stronger and brighter future through collaborative creative projects.

Here’s How:

  • Students will break into small groups and be provided time to brainstorm specific individual skills and strengths, as well as issues that relate to teens in the community.
  • Each group will receive a guide to explore different identities throughout the exhibits and a map to explore the museum. The map will lead students to investigate the past in order to collaboratively build a better future.
  • Along the way, students will encounter additional characters from Santa Cruz history, participate in interactive activities, complete a scavenger hunt, all in preparation for a final collaborative project
  • To conclude, groups will choose one main social issue in the community and in a creative project, brainstorm possible solutions to make change. They will have explored different people who have made change in the past, and artists who are making a change currently and from this exploration they will find their own personal strengths and skills and come up with ideas to solve social issues they deal with in their community.

 

General Tour Information

All tours support Common Core State Standards by encouraging critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration.

Art & History tours are scheduled from Tuesdays through Thursdays beginning at 9am.

Tombstone Tale tours are scheduled on Mondays beginning at 10am.

All tours accept a maximum of 30 students.

A minimum of one chaperone for every 5 children is required; there is no charge for teachers or chaperones. Our school tours and exhibitions are designed for all grade levels. Tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance by calling the School Programs Department at (831) 429-1964 x 7020 or emailing jamie@santacruzmah.org. 

 

IMG_0897Why Community Building?

Our mission at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is to ignite shared experiences and unexpected connections. We accomplish this mission when we bring people together around art and history through dynamic exhibitions, events, partnerships, and programs. The heart of this mission is rooted in building bonds between people who share experiences, and bridges between people who make unexpected connections. When we build social bonds and bridges, we build social capital. We build community.

 

We strongly believe in including young people as meaningful contributors to community building.  Communities are not built by architects or city planners. Communities are built upon connections with one another, positive relationships, and a sense of belonging.

 

When students become involved in the design, creation, and exploration of a place, they develop a vested interest in using and improving it. We hope that our school program can inspire youth to feel a sense of ownership, responsibility, and connection both at the MAH and throughout our County.

 


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