The Surfside School Museum___________________________________________________________________________________
In the one-room Surfside School Museum at PS 329, rich, maroon fabric panels cover the walls and provide a professional background for exhibiting impressive artwork. Tiny handmade art replicas line one wall, while a collection of various art piece (based on Exhibit Title) hang on the rest of the adjoining walls. A plaque near the small, velvet-roped entrance offers a well-written introduction to the title of the Exhibit and identification tags explain the pieces in the gallery. But the most amazing thing is that 3rd graders created this exhibit, including all the art and writing.
Artists from the Brooklyn Arts Council work with students for three months during the year to put together an exhibit that is unveiled in the beginning of the next school year. PS 329 also invites other schools to visit the museum and create their own pieces based on the displayed art.The school tries to link other grades to community organizations forprojects as well. For example, 2nd graders work with the nearbyNew York Aquarium. There are also arts programs that studentscan participate in, such as photography, dance, advertizing, and aCaribbean steel drum band. The school is evidently proud of itsevents, from holiday assemblies to Halloween parades, judgingfrom the many photographs on the walls.
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