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Students’ Salute to Veterans – Freedom Essay Contest October 17, 2014

Essay Contest!

 What does freedom mean to you?

 courage

 

 

A significant day for our culture in the United States is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor all the men and women who have served and are serving in the military. Many of these men and women have given and will give their lives in order to see our nation secure. Here at the International Museum of Cultures, we believe that it is important for children to have an appreciation for cultures worldwide, but we also believe that it is extremely important for our children to hold appreciation for the culture in which they live. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, the museum is sponsoring the Freedom Essay Contest for students in 1st grade through 12th grade. First through sixth graders are encouraged write a 150 word essay on FREEDOM and submit it by November 8th for judging. Seventh through twelfth graders are encouraged to write a 250 word essay on Freedom and submit it by November 15th for judging. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded at the Salute to Veterans event hosted by the museum on November 15th.

 

If you have any questions or want to see your students involved in saluting our veterans this coming November, do not hesitate to call or email us for more information:

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International Museum of Cultures

411 U.S. 67 Frontage Road

P: 972.572.0462 email: info@internationalmuseumofcultures.org

 

Orville Rogers Run for the Hills October 1, 2014

Trotter Capital Management has joined the International Museum of Cultures in presenting the 12th annual Orville Rogers RUN FOR THE HILLS, 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk at Armstrong Park in Duncanville, TX. The event is named in honor of Dallas-native Orville Rogers, 96, who has set 11world records for running in his age category. Mr. Rogers considers his faith a leading reason why triumphs follow him inside and outside the running lanes. For Rogers, running on the track is easy compared to the obstacles he tackles off the track at 95-years-old. He does not confine himself to only seeking challenges on the ground, but he has claimed triumph in the sky as well: “I went skydiving after my 90th birthday. I wanted to go solo, but I think the instructor was afraid of my age, so I had to go dual.” Rogers said laughing. “I loved it. The sky is my friend, I love it up there. I can’t really describe the feeling. It was pure joy, going out of the airplane and looking at the ground coming up at you.”

Orville Rogers Mr_Orville_Rogers

Whether you are 2 years old or 93 years young, please feel encouraged to participate in the race. You can run or walk at your pace, or you can put together a team to tackle the 5k trek together. Everyone who participates on race day will receive an official event T-shirt!

 

Want to participate? There are two easy ways for you to register:

 

Option 1 -

Sign up for early registration online at http://internationalmuseumofcultures.org/orvillerogers2014/. Early Registration is open till October 30th. The cost for adults is $15 and for students, the cost is $10. If you would like to sign up as a team, it will cost $10. Teams with 5 or more participants must have the entire team registered by the October 30th deadline. Talk to your local youth groups or sports teams about joining in the fun. The bigger the group the more chances there are that they could win the cash reward for the team with the largest number of participants present at the race!

 

Option 2 -

Register on the day of the run. All you need to do is bring your running shoes and $20 if you are an adult or $15 if you are student to Armstrong Park that Saturday, November 8th. You can fill out the entry form before the race begins at 9am and pick up your T-shirt.

 

 Registration is FREE for all active-duty military members! 

The sponsors for the event are the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Kamm & Associates, Kevin Shelton, Gary Jones, Glenn Majors and Nogales Produce! Other supporters for the run include Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Big D Printers, D.A.R.S.E., ESA, AAUW, Jerry Frazier CPA, and the Duncanville Women’s Club. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Children’s Lab at the International Museum of Cultures. The Children’s Lab offers tutoring and globally-enriched activities for kids from local communities.

 

 

 

Just In Time! A New Sprinkler System and the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day LIVE! September 26, 2014

Over the past several weeks, the International Museum of Cultures has been adding a new sprinkler system on the property. 

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We had to close our doors the public for a while which was disheartening for many, but we have good news! Though the process has been tedious, it was a success! We are proud to announce that the museum doors will be open tomorrow - Saturday, September 27th – just in time for the Tenth Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! smithsonian museum day live

 

Last year’s event brought in over 400,000 participants all across the United States! If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house this weekend and experience something new, tomorrow the International Museum of Cultures will open its doors for any and all interested in participating in Museum Day Live! 2014. A variety of exhibits will be on display.

 

You can download a FREE Ticket at: Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Each ticket is worth entrance for two individuals on Saturday only. Take advantage of this opportunity to educate yourself and your family or friends about global cultures. Learn about and connect with people from all walks of life!

 

Donation Drive for the 6th Annual North Texas Giving Day September 22, 2014

The International Museum of Cultures in collaboration with the Duncanville Outreach Center hosted a Donation Drive kick-off event last Thursday, September 18th for the 6th Annual North Texas Giving Day! From 7 am to 9 am in the IMC parking lot, free donuts and coffee were provided to those who stopped by and donations were accepted. For those who were unable to visit the museum, supporters were given the opportunity to donate online until midnight that day.

 

NTX Giving Day - Sept 18

 

The turn out for the event at the International Museum of Cultures was great! It was wonderful to see people coming together to consume copious amounts of delicious donuts and coffee for breakfast and offer their moral and monetary support to the local non-profit organizations striving to make a difference in their community. Not only did locals from the Duncanville and Dallas areas gather together to support organizations in their region, but well over 98,000 donations poured in from all 50 states, 6 territories and over 28 different countries across the globe to benefit 1,580 unique, non-profits.  Due to the numerous online donations as well as the performances and community events – such as the International Museum of Culture’s donation drive – spurring an awareness of need and excitement to lend support all over, this year was record breaking for the North Texas Giving Day!

 

If you have the desire to continue your support of local organizations, check out the Communities Foundation of Texas website - www.cftexas.org – to learn how to make a difference. And, if you have the desire to benefit the International Museum of Cultures, visit our website – www.internationalmuseumofcultures.org- to donate or get involved!

 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Learn About the People of Mexico at the Museum or Through a Virtual Tour from Your Own School June 3, 2014

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) explores the diversity of languages in Mexico.

The IMC has an exhibit that provides an overview of the richness and diversity of languages in Mexico. It highlights samples of the more than 150 native languages still spoken there. The exhibit additionally focuses on some social implications of this diversity of languages within the national life of Mexico.

Electronic Field Trip at the International Museum of Cultures

If you have students that are interested but not able to visit the museum in person, there is another alternative. The IMC also provides insight into Mexico in its Electronic Field Trip. In the IMC Electronic Field Trip, a Museum Docent of Mexican heritage explains to  students that are touring the museum the tonal importance of these languages. Below is a sample of the dialogue in the Museum’s Virtual Tour:

DOCENT: “You can see that most of the non-Spanish speakers live in the southern part of Mexico. Some of the languages are tonal which means that the only difference between “I’m going, and I’m not going” may be the tone of your voice. Likewise, some are also nasal, and you must say a vowel through your nose. If you don’t, you might say “chili pepper”, like I did when you really wanted to say “horse’s tail”!”
STUDENT: “That could be a problem if you were trying to make chili and put a horse’s tail in the pot.”
DOCENT: “You’re right. Languages, to some extent, are partially a result of need. Mixtec dialects can have as many as 20 different words for corn, like the Eskimos have many words for snow: soft snow, slushy snow, icy snow, etc. The Tzeltales in the state of Chiapas have 25 verbs for “carry”, depending on HOW you are going to carry something: on your back, over your shoulder, in a pocket, in your hand, etc. “

View the promotional video of the eField Trip that visits Mexico, South America, Africa, and Papua New Guinea. Learn more by visiting International Museum of Cultures or call us at (972) 572-0462.

 

Museums Teach Through Stories May 23, 2014

Mary Catherine Bateson is an American writer and cultural anthropologist. She is known for making the statement that “The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”

When a person attends a museum, they learn through stories. When a student visits a museum, that student hears and even experiences the story of people from far away lands. Museums have a great deal to offer the educational process in America. Within museums, there is a tide change from the traditional passive contemplation role that was very popular through the majority of the last century and the modern role of the museum to be an active participant in community and education. Museums are recognizing the value they can offer education and are reaching out to the community.

As is stated in The Foundation’s post on Why Museums are Important, “Museums provide a unique interactive experience of getting up close to things we usually only see in books, newspapers or on the television.” 

The International Museum of Cultures is able to bring the stories through artifacts right to the student anywhere in the Continental United States so that the student can have a personal experience with tools, clothes, and instruments from far away lands. The student is then better able to understand different cultures without pre-judgement when encountered by a person of an unfamiliar culture.

These artifacts can be shipped to the educational facility with a complete curriculum that fits into any Project Based Learning initiative. The shipped artifacts to the educational facility is called a Discovery Box. Discovery Boxes allow students to experience cultures around the world in a unique and interactive way.

Artifact Discovery box

Artifact Discovery box

Discovery Boxes

Discovery boxes come in 12 different themes and include a variety of genuine artifacts from the museum’s collection. Students are able to touch and examine the artifacts while completing activities and worksheets that encourage them to think critically about the world around them using Project Based Learning (PBL) methods.

For more information about Discovery Boxes from the International Museum of Cultures, please call us at 972 572-0462 or email us at info@internationalmuseumofcultures.org

 

Multi-Sensory learning at the Museum April 21, 2014

Learning through discovery is a powerful form of learning. Often times a question is answered that was not asked creating knowledge beyond the expected. In addition, the result is often more questions and the pursuit of further understanding. Museums offer this valuable form of learning, discovery.

Museums are recognizing that there is even more that they can do. They can lengthen the retention of the knowledge learned. Retention can be extended through the use of multi-sensory learning.

The rhetorical question is asked in Trendswatch 2014, “Remember when you looked at a painting, listened to music, tasted your food, smelled
perfume and touched a (real, physical) object?” The human senses encourage memory retention. The report goes on to say “The demand for multisensory experiences is accelerated by discoveries documenting the utility as well as the artistic challenge and the sheer fun of engaging all the senses.”

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) recognized the advantage of a multi-sensory experience quite a long time ago. The IMC has touch screen videos in select exhibits where the visitor can interact directly and choose to experience what the indigenous people see and hear. An example would be listening to the sound of a “Talking Drum“. The IMC also provides “Discovery Boxes” where the visitor can handle artifacts while following instructions that increase the engagement of the visitor with the daily lives of people living in far-away lands.

Discovery Boxes and the Electronic Field Trip are available for educational institutions to use at their locations. Engage the senses to encourage discovery and the retention of the information learned. For more information contact the International Museum of Cultures at 972-572-0462.Cultural context education

 

 

 
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