Monday, November 15, 2010

Building a Transatlantic Bridge Project, Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Building a Transatlantic Bridge
Thursday October 01, 2009 - Friday December 31, 2010International Collaboration
Cost : free with admission donation

Building a Transatlantic Bridge

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, along with the LVR-Industriemuseum in Oberhausen, Germany, has created the Building a Transatlantic Bridge project, a dynamic partnership that is connecting students from these two regions by using technology with a focus on the art and industrial heritage of the regions of Pittsburgh and the Ruhr Valley. The project is funded by the American Association of Museums and the U.S. Department of State.

Teachers and students from Greensburg Salem High School, and teachers and students in Heinrich-B�ll-Gesamtschule, Gymnasium Gustav-Heinemann-Schulzentrum, and Freiherr-vom Stein-Gymnasium in Germany are participating in the project. Students identify steelmaking as the major 20th century industry of southwestern Pennsylvania and the Ruhr Valley, and reasons for the decline of steelmaking in each region, and are able to see how each region has adapted to these changes. Central to the exchange for participants is the creation of a central blog using free, open-source publishing tools. The blog serves as the primary platform for highlighting new achievements and illustrating project activities. Postings come from museum staff, students and teachers, and/or community participants.

Click here to go to our blog.

Visit The Westmoreland to experience our recently transformed KidSpace, which includes an interactive kiosk for visitors to record stories and reactions or to view other visitors' videos about the project or what they have experienced in the Museum. Another kiosk features Building a Transatlantic Bridge web sites, including links to social media sites established for the project, and to Feuerl�nder: Regions of Vulcan, an exhibition that features The Westmoreland's Born of Fire: The Valley of Work. The exhibition is on view in Oberhausen through November 28, 2010, as part of Germany's Ruhr Region's designation as the 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art ¨221 N. Main St. Greensburg PA 15601
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