Societies News

March 8, 2012

Fall 2011 Society Outreach Grant Winners

Central Arizona: Apples + Archaeology

Since its inception two years ago, nearly two thousand schoolchildren have participated in Apples + Archaeology – a K-12 education outreach program in the metropolitan Phoenix area that was developed by the Central Arizona Society of the AIA. Created in response to the massive budgetary cuts for primary and secondary schools in Arizona, Apples + Archaeology (A+A) places Arizona State University professors, who specialize in archaeology and its related disciplines, in K-12 classrooms. The Outreach Grant enabled them to purchase: bookmarks for all of the students, tote bags for the teachers and volunteers, nylon sport packs as prizes for students, materials/props for the class activities, marketing brochures, two vertical banners, and graphic design work.


Central Carolinas: Parilla: Celebrating Rome’s Birthday Through Ritual and Art

The proposed event envisions a two-part community outreach event that will be both didactic and interactive.  The two aspects include a didactic practicum that will utilize the research interests of Becker and Beeston in the techniques and technology of ancient pigments and wall painting.  The other aspect of the event involves the reenactment of certain rites connected with the Parilia itself.  


Cincinnati: Educational Support for the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Pompeii Exhibition

Will work with the Museum Center to develop several programs that focus on the archaeology of Pompeii and on Pompeii’s place in the Roman world. These will be developed by graduate students from the UC Classics Department who participate in the only current excavation at Pompeii and will include other graduate students who work in the Roman world


Denver: Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month

Archaeological Institute of America, Denver Chapter has a fantastic opportunity to become involved in the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month in May of 2012 as a partner. Staff from History Colorado is working in tandem with the AHPM partners, including Archaeological Institute of America Denver Chapter, to develop and plan a series of interesting, fun, and interactive events that will appeal to a wide audience in order to promote, protect, and educate about archaeology and historic preservation.


Houston: Empires: Encounter the Personalities and Powers that Changed History

AIA-Houston will present, as part of its spring series roster on its “Empires” series, seventeen events that include lectures, film screenings, tours of art, a marathon reading of an African epic, and meetings of its newly formed book club – the “Insites Reading Group”.   Each of the lecture events includes extensive educational outreach to students ranging from fifth grade through college level.  The overarching theme of our series this year is “Empires.” 


Minnesota: Students in Archaeology: Poster Presentation of Recent Fieldwork

Undergraduate and graduate students, from at least six institutions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, who have recently done archaeological fieldwork would be sought out and invited to present posters of their work. We shall identify students through contacts with our professional colleagues before the end of the spring semester and plan the poster session for a Saturday afternoon in October, in celebration of National Archaeology Day.


New Brunswick: Personal Interest Group for Elementary Students-The Classics

Resource Materials on Roman/Greek civilizations for elementary school students as well as flip cameras to record their culminating presentations.


Tucson: Roman Spectacle

This is a recreation of a Roman Spectacle that engages the rich tradition of the institution, the costly events mandated by the imperial agenda that drew on multiple networks of interaction, incorporating a range of complicated experiences and social, political, and cultural meanings. 

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