Senora Lenkaitis and her Spanish 4 class recently took a field trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.
Students started the day with a guided tour of the Day of the Dead Exhibition, which included works from local artists and artists that came in from Mexico to design and set-up altars. Students also viewed an altar by Sandra Cisneros, an American writer best known for her first novel, “The House on Mango Street.” Cisneros is from Chicago and created the altar for her mother.
After the guided tour, students looked at artwork in five other galleries in the museum from Hispanic artists. After visiting the museum, students walked to a Mexican restaurant, “Las Carnitas” and ordered their food in Spanish. On the way back from the restaurant they took a walking tour in the Pilsen neighborhood. The Pilsen neighborhood is rich in Latino culture with music, art and award-winning restaurants. They saw a lot of murals on their walk, and Spanish 4 students took photos along the murals.
The class formally thanks the Putnam County Education Foundation for sponsoring the field trip for the Spanish 4 class. It is a trip the students will remember for years to come.