I hope the second month of school is going great and that STAMP usage has been a regular part of the school week (or the weekend). Along with Double STAMP Points, we’re enacting a new competition called STAMP Story this month. We want to hear your STAMP Story: What have you done with your STAMP pass? You can talk about your favorite museum experience or a STAMP event.
We can’t wait to read what you guys submit. I thought I’d share my STAMP story:
Once upon a time, well really about six months ago, I had a big project coming up in History class. I was tired of Google and Wikipedia and I needed to do something fresh. The theme was “American Identity”. With STAMP pass in hand, I ventured to PAFA. I did an analysis of American heroes’ immortalization in art, and how it differs depending on the artist, the time period, and the event. With several portraits of George Washington— one of which was the only thing saved from a fire— it is interesting to see how each artist decided to portray Washington, which brushstrokes, which background colors. I learned about a sculpture of an African American laborer that was a revolutionary piece of art in its time period. There were also portraits of people that aren’t in history books, paintings of fruit by American artists. Each piece was unique in its own right.
If I wanted to, I could’ve walked about 8 blocks to the African American Museum of Philadelphia or the Constitution Center for more facts about the history behind events in American history and how they formed an American Identity. It’s really convenient how some of the museums are so close to each other. (And now with free FLASH bus fare available to STAMP members, it’s even easier to get from museum to museum).
I think using art as an expression of history and political sentiment was a fun, informative way to do school work. It has also solidified my drive to create something, to leave a mark on the world. In 50 years, people will look back to now and it will be our generation that contributed to what they have to see. We are experiencing history in the making, it is our jobs to leave a legacy, through art, actions, literature, or laws.