Detail of finished exhibit, with Ute, the community member interviewed as part of the project.
Image: R. Lacey
Source: Museum Victoria
Year 9 Wodonga Middle Years College
The Immigration Museum and Wodonga Middle Years College – Felltimber Campus formed an Advance Community Partnership in 2007to enable young people to develop a community learning project.
Students and their teacher spent several days exploring the Immigration Museum. They discussed the objectives of the museum with a broad range of staff who had responsibility for exhibitions, public programs, customer service, venue hire, marketing, public relations, multimedia and technical operations. Immigration Museum Public Programs staff then visited the students at school and facilitated workshops to identify a focus for the students' project.
Students chose how they would like to work with the Immigration Museum and established a partnership project brief including a frame of reference with specific local community connections. The outcome was ongoing visitation to the Immigration Museum and participation in the Immigration Museum’s German Festival.
The final result of the collaboration was the creation of an exhibition using Small Object Big Story. Students researched and told the stories of members of their families, school and broader Wodonga community. The exhibition opened on 7 December 2007 at the Wodonga Art Space and ran for three weeks.