Local Learning "Dress to Express" Museum Modules Launched
Friday, February 6, 2015
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
conjunction with Volume 1 of the Journal
of Folklore and Education, "Dress to Express: Exploring Culture and
Identity,” Local Learning proudly announces the launch of three museum modules
that extend this theme in our new online Discovery Studio found at www.locallearningnetwork.org. Because dress and
adornment carry such deep, complex meaning, they present exciting opportunities
for learning across disciplines and age groups and in various settings. Dress
and adornment create accessible portals to culture and community as well as to historical
and contemporary identity.
images and lesson plans made available by our museum partners connect to
literacy, art, and social studies learning and make diverse collections accessible
online. These modules offer new ways to think about history, identity, art, and
culture as well as encourage close observation and interpretation. Activities
suitable for grades 4-12, university, museum, and community settings accompany the
Exploring Dress, Culture, and Identity in Asian Art by
Joanna Pecore, Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson University, Towson,
What do art objects from
distant times and places express about the identity of the people and the
cultures depicted in them?
Exploring Dress, Culture and Identity in American Indian
Dress and Objects by
Lisa Falk, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson
How would you feel if
someone (outside your identity group) used your identity design references in a
clothing line? What might change how you feel about this use?
Lau Hala Weaving and Hawai’ian Cultural Identity by
Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing
How are the weaving and
wearing of lau
hala papale (hats) connected to Hawai’ian
history, identity, natural resources, and culture?
the Dress to Express Museum Modules in the Discovery Studio of the Local
Learning website. Explore more activities and context on this theme in Volume 1
of the Journal of Folklore and Education. This work is funded in part by the National
Endowment for the Arts. Please publicize these free resources among your
colleagues and networks.
Assistant Director, email@example.com
Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education