This How Do We Remember and Honor the Contributions of Women in Public Space? lesson plan also includes:
Public art, especially monuments and memorials, are designed to celebrate and honor those who have made significant contributions to a community or even an entire nation. Here's a lesson that asks scholars to consider who is represented and who is often overlooked in these public pieces. Groups then select a woman they feel should be commemorated, research her life and works, and then design a memorial or monument for her.
- Invite a member of the art department to talk with the class about symbolism in memorials and monuments
- Post the drawings and proposals on classroom walls during March's Women's History Month
- Open the lesson by projecting photos of famous and not so widely known memorials and monuments
- Requires copies, one per participant, of the "Designing a Memorial" handout
- Groups require access to devices with internet connections to conduct their research
- Includes suggestions for extension and enrichment activities