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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

(Sabelle Garcia) One of my favorite parts of the MOPA visit was the variety within the disorder

Bill Fish

Roosevelt Middle School Music Teacher

The program was perfectly choreographed from start to finish. The narrator’s text was absolutely engaging throughout and seemed to me to be spot-on appropriate for the somewhat diverse age group of all the children in attendance. The narrator’s words were very nicely interwoven with the music. Having the narrator ask the kids sing along to “Ode to Joy” was an exceptional idea, and the way the words were presented onscreen made it so easy for them to follow along.


I especially loved the projected storm images that coincided with Beethoven’s music evoking that dynamic explosion of nature. I think that type of imagery is so helpful for the students to understand the potential power of music.

Of course, the musicianship of the symphony was top-notch, and the 14 sixth-graders in my class were riveted by the piece selections. Especially noteworthy for our class was the symphony’s performance of Ode to Joy. Not coincidentally, my students are working on the piece for a modest performance, so I could see the students’ eyes widen as soon as they heard the familiar melody and could hear the power of such a large and talented body of musicians delivering the notes so explosively.

A career musician can often point to one event in his/her childhood that inspired like no other to point him/her in a fulfilling musical direction. I’d like to think that this eye-opening, inspiring San Diego Symphony experience may turn out to be that event for at least a handful of children in attendance yesterday. Even more so, I’d like to think it might become that event for at least one student in my class.


Thank you so much for this superb program. I hope it will endure for many years to come, and that Roosevelt Middle School continues to be a lucky participant.

Best regards,
Bill Fish

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