The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is pleased to launch several new programs in the coming weeks designed to engage with local school districts and share our collective maritime history with all area K-12 students.

This month, the Museum is partnering with Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate School to start an ongoing project to display maritime artwork created by students from around the Door Peninsula. The first “Spartan” Maritime Student Art exhibit will be on display at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay beginning on Wednesday, May 22nd (National Maritime Day) and will be viewable until the end of August.

Throughout the school year, Luxemburg-Casco art students created maritime themed works, while music students sought out songs that incorporated a Great Lakes or maritime theme for their spring concert. At the concert, parents were encouraged to vote on the art pieces displayed in the hallway. The 30 pieces with the most votes are the lucky artworks that will be featured at the Maritime Museum this summer. The exhibit will be shown in three parts, in groups of ten artworks each: Part 1 – May 22 to June 26; Part 2 – June 26 to July 24; Part 3 – July 24 to August 21. Luxemburg-Casco teachers Todd Pociask (Art), Mary Schley (Music), and Denice Koss (Technology) led the partnership with the museum. Each student that has an artwork chosen for display will receive free admission to DCMM.

This May will see the launch of a pilot cardboard regatta program with Gibraltar and Sturgeon Bay middle school students, which DCMM hopes to bring to all Door County schools next year, along with the SeaPerch underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) program, in partnership with the Einstein Project and Hands On Deck. The cardboard regatta teaches engineering, problem-solving and partnership, while SeaPerch provides student participants with a deeper understanding of marine science and technology.

This summer, DCMM is partnering with Northern Sky Theater to provide a free ticket to all local students to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The Museum will also welcome the Boys & Girls Club of Door County’s summer camp program participants. These programs collectively reinforce the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) in the area’s rich maritime economy.

“As we are rapidly scaling up a comprehensive educational outreach program to engage area K-12 school districts and students, we are thrilled to begin by hosting these maritime themed artworks from Luxemburg-Casco, along with the cardboard regatta at Gibraltar and Sturgeon Bay,” said DCMM Executive Director Kevin Osgood. “We’ve had education initiatives in the past, but this time we are working to build a foundation that will be a long-lasting platform and contribute to the strong future of this museum.”