Museum lovers will find TheMetropolitan Museum of Art’s second location—The Met Cloisters atop a hill in the northern tip of Manhattan, at the end of long, winding wooded pathways, with stunning views across the Hudson River to the Palisades. During the Middle Ages, cloisters were places to reflect and recharge. This museum of medieval art takes its cue from these tranquil spaces. Visiting The Cloisters is like traveling through time: medieval architecture is incorporated into a modern building built to evoke the Middle Ages. Visitors will discover that the so-called “dark ages” were actually a bright period of innovation, imagination, and creativity. The virtual site invites online visitors to linger and explore three paths through The Cloisters: The Builders’ Tale, The Gardeners’ Tale, and The Artists’ Tale. They might even catch a glimpse of a magical creature—the elusive unicorn.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in February.
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. In a short video, celebrated poet Amanda Gorman talks about why poetry is her chosen medium. Additionally, #DisruptTexts offers a freely downloadable discussion guide or Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.”
Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.