Object Stories

Portland, Oregon

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Object Stories—From the Middle is an art education program which capitalizes on the close relationship between young people and the objects that they value the most deeply. Beginning with the world they know, the program used written, oral and pictorial storytelling techniques to develop a rich repository of student voices. The personal connections that students felt with their own objects thus became a bridge to learning about the meanings contained within all objects, inviting their participation in interpreting the art and artifacts within the Portland Art Museum.