Inspiring and Illuminating the Classroom
The Morgan Book Project is an annual extended learning program for NYC students in grades 3–12 in which they produce their own handmade accordion books. This year, 10 schools, 22 teachers, 20 classes, and 450 students from all five boroughs participated. This exhibition celebrates 40 final submissions, including the twelve winning manuscripts and the Director's Choice.
Due to COVID-19, the Morgan Book Project was taught virtually to classes in an array of learning situations, with some students working remotely, some in schools, and some in a hybrid arrangement. Morgan educators introduced students to the museum's collection of illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts as a source of inspiration. The students analyzed historical context and learned about traditional tools and materials during hands-on workshops. Through cross-disciplinary study, students were then led by their teachers to develop original narratives and illustrations in order to produce the outstanding creations that are on display here.
The Morgan Book Project is offered free of charge to New York City public schools.
The Morgan Book Project is generously supported by Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.