Interdisciplinary Educational Outreach & Engagement Project
The Zillman is currently collaborating with the Cobscook Experiential Program and Amber Roth’s team – University of Maine Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology – in a project that serves an underserved area of the state. In this project, high school students will investigate wildlife migration, learn scientific methods for understanding animal movements and mortality risks, and interpret data. The students will also explore bird species through hands-on art making activities and a curatorial project at the Zillman Art Museum.
Photo of student Henry Bell holding an American Woodcock, courtesy of Erik Blomberg
For the May to September exhibition Of a Feather, Director and Curator George Kinghorn and Museum Educator, Rochelle Lawrence, worked with students from Cobscook Experiential Program in Lubec, Maine. The students served as guest curators for the exhibition. Each student was able to pick one of Walter Rich’s bird illustrations to research and then write the exhibition wall text. This educational outreach project was funded in part by a University of Maine Arts Initiative Seed Grant.
In March 2022, our Museum Educator traveled to Cobscook Institute in Lubec for a 2-day relief printing workshop. Before the workshop, the students chose and researched a Maine migratory bird to draw. During the two days the students polished up their final drawings and then learned to transfer their bird drawings to a linoleum block and then carve the block for a relief print. Each student then created an edition of 3 prints. The relief prints hung in the lobby of the Cobscook Institute for their annual bird festival, mid-April through May.