9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Teacher Workshop is filled.  Any additional applications will be placed on a waiting list. The Stark Museum of Art will host a free teacher workshop on Native American cultures, taught by author and consultant Susan Secakuku.  She will discuss ways of integrating Native American cultures into the curriculum in Social Studies, English Language Arts and Fine Arts. Using as an example the Hopi people, Ms. Secakuku will address the topic of how learning about values of Native Americans can provide students with a better understanding of history and present-day life of native peoples of North America.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice the knowledge they have acquired during the workshop and to develop ideas for lesson plans.  The workshop will take place at the Education Center and in Museum galleries.

Best known as the author of the popular children’s book Meet Mindy: A Native Girl of the Southwest, Susan Secakuku also is an independent consultant on Hopi cultural issues and development of cultural tourism initiatives. Secakuku grew up on the Hopi Reservation and is a member of the Hopi Butterfly Clan. She received her B.S. from Arizona State University and her M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University. For six years she worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  Secakuku is a curator of Katsinas in Hopi Life, an exhibition of over 180 katsina dolls at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California.

This workshop is aligned with TEKS and will provide teachers with invaluable insights into teaching Native American cultures to students of different ages.  Teachers at all levels are welcome to participate. Lunch will be provided. Six (6) CPE hours in the areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Fine Arts will be awarded for this workshop. Gifted and Talented CPE hours may be approved by select school districts. To see if your district has approved this workshop for G/T credit hours, please contact Elena Ivanova, Chief Educator, eivanova@starkmuseum.org or by phone 409-886-2787. Space is limited. Applications are due by June 12, 2012. Applications are available at starkculturalvenues.org/starkmuseum, or at the Museum’s Information Desk during open hours. For additional information, please contact Elena Ivanova.