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Recipients of RSA High School Teaching Grants

For more information on RSA grants in support of innovative teaching of Renaissance studies to high school students, see the main grants page.

2018–19 Academic Year Grantees


Jessica Rose Garrett, AP Art History, Murray High School, Murray, Utah

American Architecture in the Renaissance Revival: A Tour

I propose to plan and execute a tour to New York City for 30 AP Art History students from Salt Lake City Utah. This tour will be Renaissance-focused including activities such as visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick galleries, viewing manuscripts and architectural drawings by Andrea Palladio and Sebastiano Serlio at Columbia University’s Avery Classics Library, and touring the Morris-Jumel Mansion and St. Pauls’ Chapel. Through the tour, students will understand the influence of the European artistic Renaissance on artistic and architectural practices in the post-Revolutionary United States.

This tour will give public high school students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds a rare and precious opportunity to not only see the Renaissance art on site, but also discuss it with experts in the field. Students will also be able to see prime examples of art collecting practices and understand how they led to the establishment of American museum collections. Lastly, the tour will give them insight into the architectural planning process as they view Palladio’s drawings, see the influence of his work on an American Renaissance Revival at the Morris-Jumel mansion, and create architectural drawings of their own.

Maggie Ellen Ray, AP English Language and Composition, Bowie High School, Bowie, Maryland

The Commonplace Book Project

Students in an AP Language and Composition Class will learn about Renaissance Commonplace books in order to prepare for creating and maintaining their own commonplace book as a study guide for the AP Language exam and as an artifact to represent modern usage of diverse rhetorical strategies. The project will give students first-hand experience of Renaissance patterns of learning, reading, and remembering. Commonplace books will be both digital and analog.

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