K-12 Educators Invited To Maori Workshop

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will host a workshop for teachers interested in bringing classes to the "Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread" exhibition. Elizabeth Garrison, the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education at the museum, will teach the workshop.

The workshop will help teachers prepare students for a field trip to the museum and will help them develop strategies to tour the exhibition. Teachers will learn how to design gallery activities for students, reinforce the museum experience and broaden curriculum concepts back in the classroom. Garrison has developed a teacher kit on Maori weaving and culture that will be available to participants. For those who cannot attend the workshop, the teacher kit is available online at

The workshop will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Light refreshments will be served. As a special feature, Maori weavers will be available at the beginning of the workshop to meet with teachers and answer questions. Admission to the workshop is free, although advance registration is required. Please call 503-370-6855 by Sept. 26 to register.

"Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread" is a major exhibition of traditional and contemporary Maori weaving on loan from New Zealand collections. The exhibition features exquisite woven cloaks, floor mats, baskets and other pieces. The exhibition runs from Sept. 24 through Dec. 22 and represents the first time that a major exhibition of Maori weaving has been presented in the United States. Willamette University is one of only three venues in the world chosen for this exhibition tour.

Organized by the Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture in Porirua City, New Zealand, in partnership with Toi Maori Aotearea-Maori Arts New Zealand, the exhibition is supported by a major grant from Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand. Local sponsorship has been provided by grants from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission and the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy funds.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette University campus. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call 503/370-6855 or visit