ITC Students Partner with OHA, Everson to Organize Exhibition

     Published on 2/24/17   Tagged under:    District News    Academics    ITC   

Thanks to guidance from a historical curator, the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) and the Everson Museum, ITC Participation in Government students had a unique opportunity to help curate an exhibition at the OHA Museum.
Former SCSD teacher Qiana Kiane, now at the Everson Museum of Art, visited with Social Studies teacher Mrs. Argus’ students regularly to help prepare for the exhibition.
To begin, students learned about American culture through the generations – from the 1940s to the present – to help them learn about how cultural assumptions can create bias when telling a story. They learned the fundamentals of selecting artifacts, how to design an exhibition, how to write extended labels, how to create 2-D and 3-D models for the exhibition layout and more.
They took field trips to the OHA where they used the archives to conduct research and observe exhibitions, as well as to the Everson, where they learned how exhibitions tell stories.
Students decided to create their exhibition focusing on the cultural heritage of Syracuse through the lenses of fashion, athletic uniforms, music and innovation. They conducted interviews, researched in the OHA archives and wrote reports about their findings – then assisting in the layout and design of the exhibition.
“My group focused on sports clothing,” senior Tyrell Watson said. “We researched online and at OHA, and we looked at how bowling has progressed in Syracuse over time. It was something that really brought people together and was a community thing. I like history but I had never looked back into stuff like that. It feels good to do something that people outside of school will see!”
Classmate Dejanera Sharp also examined athletic wear and said that the fashion aspect was her favorite part. “The clothes were so different back then,” she explained. “For cheerleading, they wore long sleeves – sweaters! We were actually able to use a uniform from the 80s in our exhibition.”
Dante Geddes said the project helped expand his horizons. “My group looked at the musical aspect – we had a whole wall that was a mural of different artists from Syracuse,” he described. “It’s pretty extraordinary… how hip hop and jazz started in Syracuse, which I didn’t know, and I love music! I’ve never gotten to set up a museum exhibit myself before, and to be able to focus on something that I am interested in and relate to was really exciting.”
The exhibition, “Syracuse Snapshots: A Look at Style, Sound and Innovation,” will be on display at 321 Montgomery Street through May.