Libraries and Community Organizations
Museums With Marisa workshops can take place right in your library, community center, or organization headquarters. Marisa brings the museum right to you. She encourages your patrons to touch authentic artifacts that are similar to the priceless ones found behind glass in a museum. She’ll lead you on a journey to faraway lands in ancient times, deconstructing the art and history for all participants.
MWM offers programs at:
• Community Centers
• Office Bonding Events
• Adult Community Schools
• Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies
• Churches and Synagogues; Vacation Bible Camps
• Senior Centers/Nursing Homes
Special Note to Librarians: As you know, the 2019 Summer Reading Program's theme is "Space: A Universe of Stories." Museums With Marisa can tie into this theme by discussing Ancient Egyptian and Roman technology and how they looked to the stars to assist with technological innovations. Let her lead your patrons to a completely different "world!"
General Program Description
Marisa Horowitz-Jaffe acts as your organization’s very own art historian or archaeologist, bringing to life the aura and romance of ancient civilizations and art history. Throughout her presentation, guests are invited to observe, touch and interact with rare authentic artifacts, such as ancient Roman coins, Roman oil lamps that kept a mud house lit in the dark of night, and an Egyptian bracelet last worn by a young lady. Marisa is ready to answer any and all of your patrons’ questions about what they’re seeing and handling.
MWM has church and synagogue specific programs based around relevant themes.
Click here for program topic descriptions.
There are no glass cases in Marisa’s museum—please do touch!
Marisa wraps up the program with a hands-on art activity. "Mummies and More" students learn to write their names in hieroglyphics inside an Egyptian cartouche to take home; "Discovering Ancient Rome" students design and create their own ancient coin; an art history program creates their own artwork based on the program's theme. Each student also gets to take home something to share with their families. An authentic piece of Egyptian papyrus is provided for the Egypt program.
If a museum field trip is still of interest to you, Marisa can also arrange a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she’ll conduct another workshop with your patrons or members to further enhance their understanding of the topics. There are many themed tours to chose from! (There is an additional fee for on-site workshops at the Met).
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is an MWM program?
Marisa sets up an actual museum in your facility. She can provide one program or repeat the program multiple times on a given day, adjusting it accordingly for a variety of age groups if necessary. She’ll work with you on logistics as needed.
Where does MWM operate?
Marisa provides programs throughout Westchester County, from the Yonkers/New Rochelle area north to Bedford Hills. Organizations that are north of Armonk may require a travel fee. Please contact Marisa if your library or organization is outside of Westchester—she’ll work with you to make it happen!
What ages are best for a Museums With Marisa program?
Marisa can adjust her program to any age level. MWM has been invited to teach in facilities ranging from pre-schools to senior assisted living homes. She has taught her "Women Who Became Kings" in Girl Scout meetings, to teaching adults in a synagogue about ancient Egypt during Passover! No matter your organization, Marisa will work with you to construct an age appropriate program for your patrons.
What equipment does MWM require?
Marisa needs one large table or two small tables to set up the traveling museum. She also needs AV equipment to project a PowerPoint presentation on a screen. Finally, during programs for young children (K-2), she requests one adult volunteer present in the room to ensure correct and careful handling of the ancient artifacts.
How much does MWM cost?
The program fee is $285 per program; when three or more programs are scheduled there is a discounted package rate. The fee covers Marisa as the educator, all materials, all take-home items, and set up and break down of museum. Please contact Marisa to discuss your organization's needs and she will create a tailored package for you.