A Resource to Help Enfranchise People with Disabilities
The N.E.A. guide to making arts programming accessible to people with disabilities is available through the Government Printing Office. The 1992 revised edition of The Arts and 504 is available from the Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. 20402 for $6.50. When ordering, request by title and stock number 036-000-00055-4.
Science Museums and School Change
A report resulting from a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Eisenhower Program for Mathematics and Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum, entitled “Science Museums and School Change: Making the Connection, ” has been published.
The conference brought educators together to explore the role of museums and science-technology centers in achieving meaningful reform of science, mathematics, and technology education. To receive the report, contact Publications Department, ASTC, 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW #500, Washington, D.C. 20005.
Art Museums Win Grants to Diversify their Audiences
The Indianapolis Museum of Art, University Art Museum at U.C. Berkeley, Newark Museum, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Heard Museum, and Hood Museum at Dartmouth College have received grants totalling $50 million over the next five years to “shed their elitist image and attract previously underserved and diverse audiences.” The grant was awarded by the Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Fund.
Multiculturalism and Children’s Literature
To heighten interest and enthusiasm for viewing cultural artifacts or art from other nations, or to enfranchise visitors of various cultural backgrounds, try incorporating stories into your teaching. Folktales and children’s stories illustrate both the differences and similarities among peoples throughout the world. In addition, they are entertaining. Here are several suggested titles:
- The Spring of Butterflies and Other Chinese Folk Tales. Trans. He Liyi. Illus. by Pan Aiqing and Li Zhao. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1985. (all ages)
- City Kids in China. Peggy Thomson. Photographs by Paul S. Conklin. HarperCollins, 1991. (grades 4 & up)
- Folktales from Asia for Children Everywhere. Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO. Three vols. Weatherhill, 1977. (grades 3 & up)
THE MIDDLE EAST
- Brothers. Florence B. Freedman. Dlus. by Robert Andrew Parker. Harper & Row, 1985. (pre-school through grade 3)
- An Ancient Heritage: The Arab- American Minority. Brent Ashabranner. Photographs by Paul S. Conklin. HarperCollins, 1991. (grades 4 & up)
- Count Your Way Through Israel. Jim Haskins. Dlus. by Rick Hanson. Carolrhoda Books, 1990. (grades 1 & up)
- Jerusalem, Shining Still. Karla Kuskin. Illus. by David Frampton. Harper & Row, 1987. (all ages)
- Anasi the Spider. A Tale from the Ashanti. Gerald McDermott. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1972. (grades 4 & up)
- Brother to the Wind. Mildred Pitt Walter. Illus. by Diane and Leo Dillon. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1985. (all ages)
- Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions. Margaret Musgrove. Illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon. Dial, 1976. (grades 6 & up)
- The King of the Mountains: A Treasury of Latin American Folk Stories.A. Jagendorf and R. S. Boggs. Illus. by Carybe. Vanguard. 1960. (grades 3 & up)
- Black Rainbow: Legends of the Incas and Myths of Ancient Peru. John Bierhorst, ed. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976. (all ages)
- The Flame of Peace: A Tale of the Aztecs. Deborah Nourse Lattimore. Illus. by the author. Harper & Row, 1987. (grades K& up)
- Why There Is No Arguing in Heaven: A Mayan Myth. Deborah N. Lattimore. Harper & Row, 1989. (grades K & up)
- Hector Lives in the United States Now. Joan Hewett. Photographs by Richard Hewett. Lippincott, 1990. (grades 2 – 4)
- Where the Buffaloes Begin. Olaf Baker. by Stephen Gammell. Wame, 1981. (all ages)
- And It Is Still That Way: Legends told by Arizona Indian Children. Byrd Baylor. Scribner’s, 1976. (all ages)
- The Girl Who Married a Ghost and Other Tales from the North American Indian. Edward S. Curtis. Edited by John Bierhorst. Four Winds, 1978. (grades 4 & up)
- Raven the Trickster: Legends of the North American Indians. Gail Robinson. Illus. by Joanna Troughton. Atheneum, 1982. (grades 6 & up)
- Many Smokes, Many Moons. Jamake Highwater Lippincott, 1978 (all grades).
“For Your Consideration,” The Docent Educator 2.4 (Summer 1993): 11.