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Fort Ti education program gets Lake Placid grant

August 13, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TICONDEROGA?- Fort Ticonderoga has received a grant for $2,000 from the Lake Placid Education Foundation to support "The Artist's Eye: Geography, Art, and History," a school program this fall associated with a new exhibit, "The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America's Great Artists."

This new program offers an opportunity to highlight Fort Ticonderoga's premier collection of artwork in an interactive, interdisciplinary experience intended for students in upper elementary and middle school in the Lake Placid area, Essex County region, and beyond. "The Artist's Eye" meets both New York and Vermont learning standards and is intended to help students and teachers make connections between the artworks on display and the surrounding historic landscapes. In addition, the program aims to develop observation and critical analysis skills while engaging students in the region's significant history and strategic geography.

Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director, said in a release that the grant "will enable Fort Ticonderoga to implement one of its goals to develop inter-disciplinary programs that are related to the Fort's stunning collections and significant history."

Hill emphasized that Fort Ticonderoga's story is rich in many disciplines beyond social studies, including math, science, art, natural history and government.

"The Artist's Eye" is open by reservation for school groups on Thursdays and Fridays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 18.

Admission for the program is $7 per student, with one free chaperone for every five students. Additional chaperones pay $10 each. In addition to the Lake Placid Education Foundation grant, the program is also supported by a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation South Lake Champlain Fund.



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