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Visual Arts and ELA teachers collaborating
on the design and writing of their book.
The Morgan Book Project is a free extended learning program in which the Morgan’s education staff collaborates with New York City public school teachers to implement curriculum in their classrooms based on traditional methods of book production. During class visits, students study and take inspiration from the Morgan’s renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts and learn how to write, illustrate, and build their own original accordion books. The Morgan Book Project Awards Ceremony is the program's culminating event.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023–2024 Morgan Book Project!
The program is reserved for 3rd-12th grade teachers from New York City public schools.
Teachers must apply as a pair. One should be a Visual Arts teacher. The other may be a Social Studies, Language Arts, or other classroom teacher. The Morgan will provide a limited number of certified teaching artists at no charge to participating Title 1 schools that do not have a Visual Arts teacher. For more information regarding obtaining a teaching artist for the Morgan Book Project, please visit this page.
Teachers are encouraged to apply early. Please see below for more information on the application deadline and process.
The Morgan Book Project follows an eight-month timeline:
School Year 2023–24 Timeline:
The Summer Institute for Teachers (all grade levels): August 7–11, 2023
Skills Workshop: December 7, 2023, 4–6pm
Class Project: October 2023 through March 2024
Deadline for book submission to jury: March 24, 2024
Morgan Book Project Award Ceremony: May 17, 2024
Illuminating the Classroom Exhibition: June through August 2024
Student books are created with professional grade paper and binding material, which is provided by the Morgan at no cost to New York City public schools. Students make their own paint by grinding traditional pigment sources such as malachite, saffron, and insects. They also learn basic gilding techniques with 22-karat gold leaf.
The Summer Institute for Teachers
This four-day intensive workshop at the Morgan is required for new teaching pairs and other new teachers participating in the Morgan Book Project. Teaching pairs must consist of one Visual Arts teacher and one Social Studies, Language Arts, or other classroom teacher. All teachers must work with students in grades 3-12. Morgan staff lead teachers in the process of building accordion books and advise on best practices for implementing the Project into their classroom curriculum.
Participants in the Summer Institute for Teachers are eligible for CTLE credits upon request.
- The Morgan as a resource and complement to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, as well as The New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts
- Exceptional primary sources, including medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from the Morgan's collection
- Collaborative planning
- Activities offering cross-disciplinary models that support the five strands of the Blueprint for the Arts
- Strategies to teach basic book art techniques in the classroom
- Tools and resources to meet the professional criteria outlined in Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument.
- A comprehensive cross-disciplinary unit of study around an integrated art project for implementation in their classroom
- A handmade book using traditional professional grade materials
- Two teacher's guides: Illumination for the Classroom and Build an Accordion Book.
- Reference material related to book arts
- Professional grade bookbinding material, as well as traditional and unique art supplies to carry out the book project in the classroom
- Online resource guide to printed materials and step-by-step video
Students exploring medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in Mr. Morgan’s Library.
TIMELINE OVERVIEW FOR 2023–24 SCHOOL YEAR:
OCTOBER through DECEMBER 2024
Class trips to the Morgan
Students will draw upon the Morgan's superb collection of illuminated manuscripts and relate them to world history in a way that will deepen their understanding of cultural identity and interaction among diverse peoples across time and space. They will then reflect on the books' aesthetics and make numerous sketches in preparation of their own book projects.
Dates for the class trip will be discussed with teachers during the Summer Institute.
DECEMBER 7, 2023, 4–6pm
Skills Workshop for Teachers
A brief informative meeting held at the Morgan, which will be followed by a workshop that will highlight selected artistic skills for all participating teachers. At least one teacher from each school is required to attend.
OCTOBER 2023 THROUGH MARCH 2024
Teaching pairs will implement the cross-disciplinary unit of study developed during the Summer Institute into their classroom curriculum. They will lead their students in writing, illustrating, and binding original illuminated manuscripts. Morgan education staff are always available for support.
March 24, 2024
Deadline to Submit Student Books to Jury
Teachers submit the most outstanding examples of student book projects to the Morgan to be judged by a panel of arts professionals.
Student receiving her Award Certificate in the Gilder Lerhman Hall of the Morgan.
The Morgan Book Project Awards
Award-winning books will be featured in a one-day installation at the Morgan. All eligible student finalists participate in an awards ceremony held in the Morgan's Gilder Lehrman Hall. Teachers, principals, and families are invited to attend. To see some of the Morgan Book Project Award winners from previous years, click here.
JUNE THROUGH AUGUST 2024
Exhibition: Inspiring and Illuminating the Classroom
The top award-winning student books are showcased in an installation on view to the public at the Morgan.
Deadlines for Morgan Book Project 2023–2024
General Application Deadline: July 1, 2023
Students preparing pigments to make paint.
Who may apply?
This program is reserved for 3rd-12th grade teachers from New York City public schools.
Teachers must apply as a teaching pair. Each pair must include one certified Visual Arts teacher and one certified Social Studies, Language Arts or classroom teacher.
Both teachers in the pair must commit to attend the full five-day Summer Institute. (We reserve the right to reject teachers who arrive without a teaching partner.) Teaching pairs must commit to carrying out the project in the classroom and submit a designated number of student works (as determined in collaboration with the manager of the Project) to The Morgan Book Project Award on the March deadline.
The Morgan will provide a limited number of certified teaching artists at no charge to participating schools that do not have a visual arts teacher. For more information please visit this page.
To apply, please follow these directions carefully.
- Fill out the online general application form.
- Select three samples of artwork made by your students within the past three years.
- Select three writing samples by your students on any topic from the past three years.
- Upload your art and writing samples where indicated in the general application form.
- Submit your completed online application.
- Due to the volume of submissions, only applicants who are accepted into the program will be contacted.
- Any applications that do not adhere to the submission guidelines may not be considered.
- Even if you have participated in the program previously, you must submit an application to be considered for the next school year.
Previous participation does not guarantee future acceptance.
If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Morgan Book Project is made possible by a generous grant from Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.