Museum Studies 429/529

Department of Art and Art History.
Dr. Jennifer Von Schwerin
Geographic Area Served

Project Description
Three courses for undergraduate and graduate students at UNM at the ancient Maya and UNESCO World Heritage site of Copan, Honduras, in art history, archaeology, and museum studies. In the Museum studies component of the course, the students apply what they are learning by teaching local schoolchildren about the art and history of the ancient Maya.

Results this year were recommedations for augmenting and updating the exhibits at several of the museums in Copan, and also a field day in which approximately 40 schoolchildren from a small village up in the mountains were brought to the ancient ruins to visit the site and the archaeological museums.

With increased education to the community, comes increased pride and the likelihood that the next generation will be less involved in looting and destruction of these ancient sites, and rather be the next generation of stewards involved in caring and protecting them for the future.

This project was developed with the help of the PLACE program, a service learning program in the College of Fine Arts. It addresses the need for history and arts education for Honduran School children.
Residency in Copan Honduras.

Course Information

Department: Art History
Course #: 486/586.572
Frequency: Every other year
Museum Practicum (3 credits)

Contact Information:
Location Mailing Address
UNM Main Campus
Department of Art and Art History
 UNM Main Campus
MSC04 2560
Email Telephone
Dr. Jennifer Freifrau Von Schw
Dr. Jennifer Freifrau Von Schw (505) 277-2130
Fax (505) 277-5955
Dr. Ahlfeldt

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