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Vatican exhibition to offer special events for children
BY Michael Gaffney AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

South Plains children will have several opportunities to gain a unique perspective on the Vatican Exhibition scheduled in Lubbock this summer, a Vatican Exhibit 2002 Foundation official said.

Educational guides related to the frescoes from the Vatican Museums are available for teachers to use in their classrooms. They are offered via an Internet site, said Lee Brodie, chair of the education steering committee for the Vatican Exhibit foundation.

Visiting exhibit

• Title: "Medieval Frescoes from the Vatican Museums Collection."

• When: June 2-Sept. 15.

• Where: Museum of Texas Tech.

• Tickets: Free. However, tickets must be reserved in advance. Those reserving tickets must know the date and time of day they want to attend.

• Information: 742-6800 or (866) 803-6873.

Sources: The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume III, copyright 1908, by Robert Appleton Co.; Internet Online Edition, copyright 1999, by Kevin Knight)

Additionally, a block of eight days — Sept. 3 through Sept. 6 and Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 — has been allotted for classroom visits to the Museum of Texas Tech, where the 31 priceless frescoes from Rome will be displayed.

"We (developed) study guides for elementary and secondary school students, so when they come to the exhibit they can get more out of the experience," said Brodie, curator of education for the museum.

Five Lubbock Independent School District teachers produced the study guides, which focus on world history and art. They are written in broad terms, allowing teachers to modify lessons for their particular curricula.

Two summer classes will focus on the Vatican Museums exhibition. The youth classes are scheduled for June 18 through June 28 and for July 9 through July 19 at the Tech Museum, she said.

"It's a two-week morning program for 5- to 12-year-olds," Brodie said. "We usually have about 400 kids per class, and it's for any student who wants to attend."

The summer courses are one-hour classes on subjects including science, art, history and, corollary to the Vatican Exhibition, medieval culture, she said. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays.

The fee is $20 per class, and advance registration is required. People can access registration forms as well as the teaching guides at www.ttu.edu/~museum.

Two other programs related to the Vatican exhibit will be incorporated into the traditional Evening Bedtime at the Museum program, which starts July 11 and ends Aug. 15, she said.

Saturday at the Museum is a program designed for children and their families, Brodie said. The Saturday at the Museum programs will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 through Aug. 17.

Both programs are free and will incorporate the frescoes — for example, participants may learn the technique of fresco painting or create something reflective of the medieval art depicted on the ancient fragments, Brodie said.

"Whatever they create and take away will remind them of the frescoes," she said.

To register for a Saturday class, call 742-2432.

The exhibition is imbuing Lubbock with a prestige that dumbfounds many statewide, nationally and worldwide, said Kae Hentges, a member of the exhibit foundation's education steering committee.

"The only two Vatican exhibits scheduled (this year) are one in Montreal and one in Lubbock," she said. "And many people I've spoken to ... after I tell them a Vatican Museums exhibit is scheduled in Lubbock, have said incredulously, 'Lubbock?'

"And I just smile and say, 'Yes, Lubbock.' It's great for the city."

mgaffney@lubbockkonline.com 766-2185




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