Art Education students collaborate with the local community to develop lessons for the teaching of Wabanaki history and culture in public schools.

With the generous support of the Maine Humanities Council and the McGillicuddy Humanities Center, as well as the guidance from our community partners, the Art Education students in the Spring 2020 AED 474/574: Topics in Art Education have just completed a video unit of interdisciplinary/intercultural art lessons intended to address LD 295, the Maine law requiring the teaching of Wabanaki history and culture in public schools.

Originally the lessons were to be taught on-site to local middle school children, but when on-site instruction ended, the art education students switched gears to videotape lessons that would utilize common materials that children and teens might have in their homes.

These lessons can be found at:

We thank our community partners:

Kathy Pollard of Know Your Land and the lead project director of the Bangor Land Trust’s Edible Landscape Project  and Ann Pollard Ranco, enrolled member of the Penobscot Nation.

The students enrolled in AED 474/574 who developed these lessons were:

Iorthanis Andoniades
Blake Eden
Marion Harless
Sarah Picard
Kate Westhaver

Ann Pollard Ranco of Orono transports a bundle of walnut seedlings to be planted in a field on Sept. 4, in Central Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor. The plants are a part of Bangor Land Trust’s Edible Landscapes Project. (Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN)