The Adelaide L. Sanford Institute for Research Presents: The Harriet Tubman Art Exhibit
Featuring the artworks and writings of local students
Saturday, March 29 at P.S. 5
The Adelaide Sanford Institute for Research (ASI) continues its journey to instill a sense of cultural awareness among the youth in our community with new ideas, strategies and a constant focus on the needs of our students and the lack of resources in our schools.
This weekend’s Harriet Tubman Art Exhibit, sponsored by ASI, opens this Saturday, March 29 at P.S. 5, 820 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY. It features artworks and essays on the life and works of the “fearless ‘conductor’ of the Underground Railroad, created by students from six Central Brooklyn schools. And, in many ways, it is a first of its kind. The public — particularly families, students, educators — are invited to attend, experience and share in the celebration of Ms. Tubman and these young artists and writers.
“It is important that students learn the rich history of African-Americans rooted in the founding principles of this country, freedom, liberty and democracy,” says Adelaide Sanford of this cultural event that combines the themes of Black History and Women’s History in this event.
Earlier this month, ASI, guided by the community’s distinguished educators Drs. Renee Young and Linda Patterson, invited the schools of Central Brooklyn to participate in the art exhibit highlighting the life of Ms.Tubman. Students were asked to interpret the life and beliefs of this heroic figure in American history through two-dimensional art form in mixed media (oil, acrylic, craypas, pencil, ink, charcoal). Works could be realistic or abstract representations, not to exceed 18″ x 24″.
Participating artists and writers attend: P.S. 11 Purvis J. Behan Elementary School; P.S. 133 William A. Butler School; P.S. 5 Dr. Ronald McNair; P.S. /I.S. 73 Thomas S.Boyland; P.S. 21 Crispus Attucks School and City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
ASI assisted in project development including lesson planning and artistic design. ASI also mounted and framed the work, which was delivered earlier this week. A one-paragraph written description accompanied each work. For additional recognition, ASI accepted essays around various topics:
“What I learned about Harriet Tubman” (Grades 2-3), “Why is the life of Harriet Tubman important to American History?” (Grades 4-6), “How is the life of Harriet Tubman a major influence in the fight for freedom, respect, equality and dignity?” (Grades 6-8), “Given the lifelong beliefs and activities of Harriet Tubman, how would she respond to current issues in women’s rights, education, health care and the United States military?” (Grades 9-12).
A fearless “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman led others to the North leaving a life of slavery. She worked with abolitionist and military officials to foster her beliefs in freedom and equality. She continued her fight against slavery as a Union scout in the Civil War and later lived in Auburn, New York until her death in 1913.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The exhibit closes. For more information, contact: Dr. Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site for the Adelaide L. Sanford Institute@ www.sanfordinstitute.org.