Grand Rapids, MI – The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and Grand Rapids Public Museum School announced today a new exhibit created by GRPS Museum School students, titled Revolution: The Story of America, will open May 23.

The exhibit is a combination of student work from the Grand Rapids Public Museum School’s 7th grade social studies classes and art classes.

Visitors will see various sections highlighting important women, African Americans, and Native Americans and their roles in the American Revolution. It also includes a flag replica display, in which the students researched flags from the American Revolution, drew replicas, and completed summaries about their flag and its role.

In art class, Museum School students “musees” researched military uniforms, sketched them out, and then wrote a letter from the perspective of a soldier during the Revolutionary War, using special ink.

“The Museum is excited to showcase students’ work through the partnership between the GRPM and GRPS,” said Kate Kocienski, Vice President of Marketing & PR at the GRPM. “The Museum School allows students a deeper learning experience through place based learning and design thinking, while using the Museum’s Collections of more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens.”

This new exhibit will be free with general admission and be on display for a short time, through June 8. Visitors can find Revolution: The Story of America on the Museum’s second floor.  

Grand Rapids Public Museum School

The Grand Rapids Public Museum School is the product of an ongoing educational collaboration between the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. The school is a Grand Rapids Public School Center of Innovation, and will serve grades 6th through 12th. The school uses progressive teaching utilizing design thinking techniques, an immersive environment, and real-life experiences that inspire passionate curiosity, nurture creative problem solving, cultivate critical thinking, and instigate innovation.

The school currently serves 180 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. To learn more about the Public Museum School visit PublicMuseumSchool.org. 

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org

 

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