McALLEN – The International Museum of Art & Science would like to thank the Target and their Arts + Culture in Schools program for a generous contribution which has allowed the IMAS Education Department to further extend their outreach efforts.

During the recent school year, the museum’s education staff visited L.C. Smith Elementary in Raymondville to teach an interactive lesson about culture and geography in Africa and Asia.  Each class (grades 1, 2, and 3) explored activities such as origami, marks, music and stories connected to both continents.  Every activity reinforced the TEKS (Texas Essential Skills & Knowledge) by incorporating subjects like math, science, social studies and language arts. 

Serving over 350 students during this exciting outreach, L.C. Smith students were thrilled and ultimately inspired.  “Putting on special white museum gloves to handle African and Asian art pieces from our teaching collection was, for the students, almost as exciting as making their own origami or African masks,” stated Susan Zwerling, Director of Education & Public Programs at IMAS.

IMAS is extremely grateful for this opportunity to reach students all throughout the Rio Grande Valley and looks forward to increasing its awareness and presence in schools and various cultural institutions valley wide.  

For more information about IMAS outreach and educational programs, call IMAS today at 956-682-0123.