Students at Watertown’s St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School learn about Gardner art heist
WATERTOWN — .There’s been a great deal of excitement in fifth-grade teacher Julia Kramer’s classroom at St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown. It started with fifth-grade parent Rosalyn Minassian volunteering to do the weekly current events discussion with the class. Following her art passion, she decided to teach about the unsolved heist at the Gardner Museum in 1990.
To cater to different intelligences and interests, the students used their computer class to listen to the news report while seeing the various artwork stolen from the museum. They wrote down their observations and questions in their detective book. After a lively discussion about the stolen artwork with Minassian, the students then had an opportunity to speak to two investigators of the case, retired Boston Globe journalist Stephen Kurkjian and FBI Special Agent Geoffrey Kelly.
The students’ excitement and quest for knowledge was evident through the hands waiving eagerly in the air. The Gardner Museum’s director of security, Anthony Amore, has even invited the fifth-grade class for a VIP tour of the museum.
“It’s wonderful to see the children so eagerly go in depth on a topic as we provide them with a breadth of opportunities to learn — from computers to art to forensic science to newspaper reporting,” said Houry Boyamian, principal of the school.
— St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School
Art Hostage Comments:
What a wonderful story for this Thanksgiving Day 2009.
All too often we can get cynical about the failure to recover the iconic masterpieces cruelly ripped from the walls of the Gardner Museum.
A wonderful gesture by Anthony Amore to offer these brilliant young minds the chance to visit the world famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Thanks must go to FBI Agent Geoff Kelly for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to offer the next generation an insight into the tragedy of the Gardner Art Heist.
Interesting to note Steve Kurkjian, the award winning journalist in attendance, which leads me to wonder about the book he is bringing out in 2010 regarding the Gardner Art Heist.
Steve Kurkjian has been reporting on the Gardner Art Heist from day one, which should mean his book analysing the Gardner Art Heist will be a must read for all of us obsessed with seeing the Gardner artwork recovered.
Thing is, I cannot find any reference to where the Gardner Art Heist Book by Steve Kurkjian is going to be offered.
Memo to Steve Kurkjian:
"When is your book coming out and where can I buy a copy ??"
Art Hostage would like to extend Thanksgiving greetings to the American people and hope for the recovery of the Gardner art swiftly.
The man from Worcester says the man from Revere can recover the Gardner art !!!!!