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(Sabelle Garcia)

One of my favorite parts of the MOPA visit was the variety within the disorder exhibit. I loved how each photographer had a different style, different theme, and different way of exhibiting their photos. A major takeaway I had from visiting the museum was that there should be a reasoning behind everything you do. There should be a reason why you chose a certain filter, used a certain color, or chose a certain material. A connection I saw between the disorder exhibit and our exhibition was that the pieces in the show had a meaning. In our project, we had to choose an issue we were passionate about and create a door with something to represent that. In the disorder exhibit people were asked to photograph disorder to them. In both your exhibition and ours people were asked to connect what they knew to create art. A question I have for you is if you have any shows for young photographers. I also wonder what tips you have for an aspiring photographer.

Tamima M Noorzay
The Preuss School UCSD, Arts Educator, Fine Arts Chair

Dear Patty and the Board of Directors at ABX,

Your philanthropy has helped to create one of the highlights of the year. I wanted to let you know how memorable our field trip to the Museum of Man has been in the culture of our classroom. We visited in the fall as the students and I were just coming together as a community. Of course the students were thrilled to have the opportunity to leave campus and learn in a new environment, but there was also an appreciative mood because they knew people in their community were both thoughtful and generous enough to contribute to their experience.

 

Due to the nature of our large entourage and few chaperones we split the group and while one batch engaged with the artifacts and delved into their research for their paper, the remaining students went on a walking tour of the park looking for architectural features which have a Greco-Roman influence. As students approached the reflecting pool walkway, they were treated to a musician playing a Hapi Drum; those harmonious tones enveloped the students in resonant union with the beauty of the reflecting pool. We had just begun on our marvelous day, and I already had students thanking me for a wonderful experience and break from their usual routines and life stressors.

 

Inside the Museum, there was the artwork we were discussing in class, right in front of their eyes! It was transformational for students because they became inspired by the curriculum. To quote Lupita, an 11th grader in my AP Art History class …

 

“The trip to the Museum of Man was an amazing experience. It was unlike any other field trip I have been on before, from the mummy sarcophagus to the native Californian bow and arrows; it was astonishing to see these artifacts in person. We’ve spent the entire year learning about these art pieces and the cultures they came from. I forgot that these were real items used in the everyday lives of ancient people.”

 

This student represents the sentiments of each participant in this enriching field trip experience. Although students have access to the steady stream of information in high definition through technology they can access instantaneously, virtual realities will never bring to them what a real life experience does.

 

We want to express our appreciation for your philanthropy in order to afford this opportunity for us. The ripple effect of your actions will manifest in the success of these students over the course of their lifetimes. The positive feelings created by your fostering of their growth and development is a not a quantifiable yield, but the most important net gain.

 

Thank you,

Blocks 6 and 7 AP Art History Students

The Preuss School, UCSD