THE LEGACY OF KING TUT AND THE FIFTH GRADERS AT CHRYSLER AND BUTZEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
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Media Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4892/313-212-5636

The opulence and mystery of the art created for the tomb of King Tutankhamen is awaiting the public at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History beginning October 2. But before the public sees it, on Saturday, September 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., fifth grade students from the Detroit Public Schools Chrysler and Butzel elementary schools will preview the exhibit while participating in the Chrysler Arts Initiative Writing Program. In an effort to get parents and children who ordinarily would not visit the museum to make the trip, Chrysler Principal, Linda Whitaker extended the invitation to Butzel.

A total of about 25 students will have the rare opportunity to work closely with professional, renowned artists such as Asheber Macharia.

The students will produce works of art, learn some basic principals of hieroglyphics and the characters, and write autobiographical information that will be on display with their framed and displayed art piece. The program is more than an immersion in the art of ancient Egypt-it is structured to shore up some of the weak academic areas of the students as determined by analyses of their MEAP scores. The activities at the museum will help the children in areas such as techniques of communicating imagery in writing and speech and the use of descriptive words.

During the course of the school year, the Chrysler Arts Initiative Writing Program will continue with artists who will be assigned to work with students in each of the other grades at Chrysler with many of the same projects and activities. In October, students will learn how to set up art exhibits, host a student and artist reception and serve as ambassadors for the Tut exhibit. In November, grades 2-4 will tour the Museum and participate in a journalism program. In December, Frank Kelley Jr. will work with 4th grade students on a variety of creative projects.

The program is funded by the Skillman Foundation’s Good Schools Grant program and is in partnership with the Museum of African American History.

For information about DPS enrollment, call 313-873-7098 or visit our website at www.detroitk12.org.

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