Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Students at the Williamsburg Magnet School of the Arts are well on their way to discovering the rich history of the Harlem Renaissance. Their first experience was brought to life through the knowledge of Majorie Hammock. Hammock is a retired college professor and a former resident of Brooklyn. Hammock who is a Humanities Scholar and now lives in Columbia, shared her experiences while living in Harlem. Her presentation inspired and engaged the students on literature, history, culture and heritage.
The project was made possible through the efforts of Cassandra Williams Rush, who wrote the successful grant. The project is a collaboration of the Magnet School and the C. Williams Rush Gallery/Museum of African Arts & Culture. Rush has been an avid supporter of the Magnet School of the Arts where she serves as a member of the Steering Committee, the Arts Strategic Planning Committee and has served as a judge for the Superintendentís Art Gallery. The students also visited the Rush Gallery where the works Hammock talked about are on display. The project will focus on the Magnet School but is expected to expand district wide via a community banquet with exhibits and presentations by the students.
The project entitled The Harlem Renaissance: SC Connections is sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities will feature monthly in-school visits by knowledgeable curators and consultants who will present programs, activities, audio-visuals via related DVDs, hands-on and interactive activities and dialogues on the subject of the Harlem Renaissance and SC Connections.
The program will continue in the fall with performers and musicians. The educational exhibitions and programs fit into the SC Curriculum Standards.