Secretary of Education and State Historian Announce Student Film Contest Documenting Historic Trades
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March 6, 2009 (Santa Fe, NM) Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García and State Historian Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez today announced a film and photography contest for New Mexico 9th graders. Students working in groups that include 9th graders are also eligible.
Students are encouraged to create an original film or photomontage that relates a traditional trade or career to a community's past. The film should also aim to document the education and technology necessary to preserve that trade in the future.
Possible trades for students to document include farming, ranching, construction, weaving and the arts.
"This film project is a terrific opportunity for New Mexico students to learn more about their community's history, and to research potential careers," Dr. García said.
"Commemorating historic trades offers students the great opportunity to realize the amazing dignity of labor in history," Dr. Rael-Gálvez said. "It will illuminate those who have tilled the soil, cleared the acequias, soothed the fevers, carved the santos, hunted buffalo, sheared sheep, quilted creativity, and gathered the ground into adobes, adobes into homes and homes into plazas."
The deadline for submissions is May 1. The four best entries will be selected by June 30, and those schools will each receive a digital camera package.
Student films will also be considered for inclusion to the Office of the State Historian's Digital History Project, and the best projects will be included in a DVD for use by the Public Education Department and schools as a teaching tool.
For more information, go to http://www.ped.state.nm.us/press/2009/20090202-filmProjectStep1.pdf.
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