Each October fourth graders from across south Mississippi visit the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (LRMA) to participate in Choctaw Days: Fourth Grade Tours Program. This annual event teaches participants about Choctaw culture and enriches their arts-education experience.
During Choctaw Days, students and teachers view the Museum’s renowned By Native Hands Native American Basket Collection and learn about its history from members of the LRMA Guild of Docents and Volunteers, as well as the education staff.
After touring the basket galleries, students can observe Choctaw weavers, make their own bead necklaces, participate in a traditional Choctaw dance, observe stick ball technique, and sample fry bread, which is prepared by local Choctaw ladies.
In addition to the real-world experiences students engage in at Choctaw Days, they also have the opportunity to participate in pre- and post-trip lessons in their own classrooms. The teacher of every class attending Choctaw Days received an education guide with connections to fourth grade Common Core standards in writing, speaking and listening, reading and math.
To learn more about Choctaw Days contact Elizabeth Patterson at epatterson@LRMA.org, or by calling the Museum at 601.649.6374.
LRMA is proud to offer our Adopt‐A‐Bus Program to help fund your class’s visit. The Adopt‐A‐Bus program offers financial assistance to schools to offset the rising cost of transportation. For more information on how you can participate in the Adopt‐A‐Bus program, please email Elizabeth Patterson at epatterson@LRMA.org, Kelly Rosa at krosa@LRMA.org, or by call the Museum at 601.649.6374. We hope that you and your class will take advantage of this valuable educational program!