The Fairfield Museum and History Center presents student-curated exhibition, Our Nation’s Generations: The New Beginnings Family today through Sunday, March 6.
This Black History Month program was developed by fifth-grade students from New Beginnings Family Academy, a charter school in Bridgeport.
Faith Ringgold’s narrative quilts and illustrated children’s books inspired the students’ projects. according to Christine Jewell, Museum Director of Education.
The show includes two of Ringgold’s quilts, Tar Beach 2 (1990) and Our Ancestors (2007) and the complete illustrations from children’s book, Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky (1995).
This project is part of a larger outreach effort begun in 2008 by the Fairfield Museum to develop new school partnerships.
New Beginnings students selected an individual who serves as role model and has made a positive impact on their lives, Jewell explained.
Guided by art teacher Jennifer Strausser, students painted individual quilt squares and border compositions with imagery inspired by their relationship to a special person and their life and interests. Combined with vibrant border blocks, the squares make up a large, engaging paper quilt that is on exhibit. Excerpts of their essays, student photographs and cases displaying the objects connected with the person they selected are also in the show.