Fort Ticonderoga has received a grant for $2,000 from the Lake Placid Education Foundation to support The Artist’s Eye: Geography, Art, and History school program this fall.The program is associated with the new exhibit “The Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America’s Great Artists.”
The new program offers an opportunity to highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s collection of artwork in an interactive, interdisciplinary experience intended for students in upper elementary and middle school. The Artist’s Eye program meets both New York and Vermont Learning Standards and will help students and teachers make connections between the artworks on display and the surrounding historic landscapes. In addition, the program will develop observation and critical analysis skills while engaging students in the region’s significant history and strategic geography.
Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director, said the grant “will enable Fort Ticonderoga to implement one of its goals to develop inter-disciplinary programs that are related to the fort’s stunning collections and significant history.”
Hill emphasized that Fort Ticonderoga’s story is rich in many disciplines including math, science, art, natural history and government as well as social studies.
According to Hill, “History is life and our approach to Fort Ticonderoga’s educational programs reflects the continuous unfolding of information in a dynamic process.”
The Artist’s Eye program is open by reservation for school groups on Thursdays and Fridays, Sept. 15 through Nov.18. Admission for the program is $7 a student, with one free chaperone for every five students. Additional chaperones pay $10 each. In addition to the Lake Placid Education Foundation Grant, the program is also supported by grant from The Vermont Community Foundation South Lake Champlain Fund.