Rivers On the Go!
UNITY PROGRAM - 2016
Program Description: ROG Unity was first piloted with two first grade classes at P.S. 47. Using fines arts classes, guest speakers, field trips, and an ending art exhibition for parents and caregivers, students explored how all cultures are connected to the environment. By using the history of the Bronx River and the Native Americans in the Bronx as a starting point, students investigated and researched how people from their native countries connect with nature. Students shared their research with classmates and used this knowledge as inspiration for both collaborative and individual artwork. Parents and grandparents visited the classroom to share stories of their native countries and the importance of nature in their culture. The main goal of the program will be for students (most of whom are from immigrant families) to feel good about their cultural roots and understand that art, nature and water connect all cultures together.
Activities included mask-making, pottery, and a field trip to the Bartow-Pell Mansion & Museum.
"I really enjoyed going to Bartow-Pell Mansion and learning about the Native Americans. It was a wonderful trip and my experience with the teaching artists was great. They were always welcoming. I live in the Bronx and I never went to the Bartow Pell mansion. I didn't know it existed and it's 15 minutes from my house." – Yulma (parent)
"I like all of the Bronx Children’s Museum activities. I liked the whole thing but one of my favorite times is when we met Bobby Gonzalez and he taught us Native American sign language. We got to touch the bones of animals at Bartow-Pell Mansion. Native Americans used the shoulder bones of deers to shovel and plant. I touched the bones and it was hard."
– Kevin Rodriguez, 1st grade student at P.S. 47
For more information on the Rivers On the Go! Unity program, please contact STEAM Program Manager Nicole Wallace.