This February, we wanted to do something big to celebrate Black History Month. We decided to create a new Black History exhibit at the Mai Art Museum (in the Marketplace section of the Student District)! The art museum has been fully re-decorated with 50 art installations, each honoring a history-making Black figure from around the world. We’ve included familiar names like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges alongside names that are likely less familiar (or completely new) to students. For example, Nubia’s Queen Amanitore, Claudette Colvin, Jerry Lawson, and Vivien Thomas all have their own installation. We’ve included inventors, doctors, military leaders, civil rights activists, artists, and even a samurai! Each piece in the museum can be clicked on, which will bring up a brief blurb educating students about the person in the picture.
On the second floor of the Art Museum, we even have some fantastic sculptures available for viewing.
But that’s not all! We’ve also dressed up some familiar faces in Black History Month-inspired costumes. See if you can find them, and say hello! They’ll be pleased to tell you a little bit about their historical figure’s life history.
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We turned the art pieces into a massive 50-set poster pack featuring these history-making Black figures, and we’re running a contest for the first five classrooms to finish a scavenger hunt in the game to get a pack!
We’re tasking your students with finding our five in-game characters that are dressed up as historical figures. They’ll talk with them in the game and document the name of the historical figure, and something they learned from the conversation.
We made a 3-page poster set you can download below with the full instructions and pictures of the five characters they are trying to find and talk with! Once it’s complete, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with either pictures of the poster or the information about the five characters. If you’re one of the first five teachers to submit, we’ll get your mailing address and ship a pack right off to you!