This February, to celebrate Black History Month, we are bringing back our Black History exhibit at the Mai Art Museum (in the Marketplace section of the Student District)! The art museum has been fully 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 historical figures 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.
We're committed to promoting social justice through the content we create for Tyto Online, and our Black History Month update is one way that we're addressing that goal. For a bit more information on our philosophy, visit our resource page on culturally relevant teaching.
We turned the art pieces into beautiful poster sets featuring these history-making Black figures, and we're running a contest to win a set of 10 posters for your school or classroom. We will have a drawing at the end of the competition and 5 educators will win!
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.
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