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Mercyhurst art students partner with museum

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mercyhurst University art education students designed interactive stations for art-making and storytelling that they manned recently during the Erie Art Museum’s “Second Sundays” program.

At one station, young museum visitors had the opportunity to make hand-painted story stones. Visitors also learned folk songs of many cultures and visited the South Asian exhibit for storytelling.

Mercyhurst students included Rachel Mergenthaler, Kelly Fergus, Danielle Butera, Mike Bocianowski, Griffin Currie, Karly Burns and Sumi Mahmud under the guidance of art faculty Mary Elizabeth Meier, Ph.D.

“These students are learning first-hand what it takes to plan and implement art education programming in a museum setting,” said Meier of the intergenerational event with a multicultural focus.

On the Second Sunday of each month, the Erie Art Museum offers free admission from 1 – 5 p.m. paired with a guided tour and a creative, art-making activity from 2 – 4 p.m.

PHOTO: (L-R) Museum-goers Anwar Ramahi, Laith Husein, Sama Husein, Rahaf Husein, Samia Almashai, Manar Ramahi with Mercyhurst art education students Kelly Fergus and Rachel Mergenthaler