WHS Students Participate in 5th Museum Ambassadors Program

Abby Falcone, Dena Hussain, Jade Hawk, Carolyn McBride, Adalee Ratycz and Jonathon Shear

Abby Falcone, Dena Hussain, Jade Hawk, Carolyn McBride, Adalee Ratycz and Jonathon Shear

Ten Westlake High School AP Art History and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students participated in the Cleveland Museum of Art Museum Ambassadors program that provided a behind-the-scenes experience at the world-class institution.

The program is open to only six schools in Northeast Ohio, and Westlake High School is the only West Side school selected for the program. This is WHS’ fifth year in the program and it marks the students’ fifth Community Day event.

Students are selected through an application process. This year’s participants are juniors Gwynnie Ball, Abby Falcone, Jade Hawk, Dena Hussain, Rachel Kaiser, Riley Larcey, Carolyn McBride, Emily Nebraska, Adalee Ratycz, and Jonathon Shear.

Gwynnie Ball, Rachel Kaiser, Riley Larcey and Emily Nebraska

Gwynnie Ball, Rachel Kaiser, Riley Larcey and Emily Nebraska

The program has students participating in behind-the-scenes experiences in various departments at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The program is designed to build a general awareness of museum life and careers, as well as to build career skills, including public speaking and team-based project planning. At the end of each program year, the Museum Ambassadors run a Family and Community Day, sharing what they’ve learned with the public in the form of projects, which have included scavenger hunts, games, coloring books, tours and studio activities.

The students would like to invite members of the community to join them at this exciting event on April 9. The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. This year the students created a puzzle-like activity that allows patrons to recreate a portion of one of two pieces of art from the museum’s permanent contemporary collection. Patrons can either keep their piece or add it to a large mosaic of the replicated pieces in the museum’s atrium. The other schools in the program will also have hands-on activities available for patrons. The event is free and open to the public.

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