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The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County provides area schools with access to themed units to aid in classroom instruction. Teachers may reserve these "cultural suitcases" for one week. Each suitcase contains a Teacher Resource Guide as well as a variety of hands-on items. Rental costs vary. See descriptions below for more information.



African American Cultural Project

This unit includes: 

  • Student textbook

  • Teacher resource manual

  • "Kofi" story big book

  • Poster featuring Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune and local educator, Dr. Robert Pegues

  • Suitcase exhibit with authentic African clothing, jewelry, musical instruments and a hand carved wooden mask

Targeted age group: 

  • Primary grade levels

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week:

  • Teacher's guides  - $5.00

  • “Kofi"  Big Book -  $15.00

  • Poster - $3.00

  • Suitcase Material Exhibit - $30.00 includes 25 student books (to be returned with suitcase) and delivery and pickup of the unit. 

The unit is to be presented by the individual classroom teacher. It is suggested that schools choose the grade level where the unit would best compliment their studies, then annually use the unit at that grade level. 

The student text and "Kofi" book were written by Dr. Martha Bruce-McSwain of Youngstown City Schools. The "Kofi" book and poster were illustrated by nationally renowned artist, Bill Dotson.

Funding for this project was received from East Ohio Gas, Mahoning Valley Sports Charities and the Ohio Arts Council. 

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:

Explore the Life of the Amish
with your Students

The unit includes:  

  • Student text

  • Teachers' resource manual

  • "Material Culture" suitcase exhibit with quilts, toys, rugs, clothing, books and art prints of the Amish people

Targeted age group: 

  • Grades 2 through 4

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week:  

  • Teachers' resource manual -  $5.00

  • The material culture suitcase exhibit is $30.00 and includes 25 student text books which should remain with the unit. The cost of the exhibit includes delivery. 

This unit introduces Amish culture as it is practiced in Trumbull County and Northeastern Ohio.

The unit is developed to be presented by the individual classroom teacher in one to five lessons. It is suggested that schools choose the grade level where the unit would best compliment their studies on community and/or Ohio history, then annually use the unit at that grade level.

The student text was written by Dr. Thomas Newcomb with fourteen original illustrations by local artist, Edmund Collens. The teachers' resource manual was also written by Dr. Newcomb.

The exhibit brings the beauty and simplicity of Amish traditions to life and presents an ideal basis for discussion of the similarity and uniqueness of traditions practiced by the students and their families…as well as an appreciation for traditions.

The development of this unit was underwritten with grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Humanities Council, Helen Hart Hulbert Foundation and Warren Junior Crafts.

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:


Echoes of the Civil War

The unit includes:

  • Video 

  • Video guide

  • Local History guide

Targeted age group: 

  • Grades 4 - 7

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week:

  • Video rental, Video guide, Local History Guide: $12.00

  • Video rental only: $5.00

  • Video guide only: $3.00

  • Local History Resource Guide only: $5.00

This project documents the Civil War as it was reenacted by the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry in September 1993 in Mesopotamia, Ohio. A nearly perfect cultural and military re-enactment took place with hundreds of military and non-military re-enactors attending. While no actual Civil War battles took place in Mesopotamia, the setting offers the feel of a real Civil War town.  

This video project was created from photographs taken by DeeAnna Culbertson and the script was written by Dr. Thomas Newcomb. In addition, Dr. Newcomb has prepared a resource information guide for use with the video.  

Former educator and local historian Wendell Lauth has gathered information about the role Trumbull County played in the War. This resource guide contains local history pertaining to the war as well as a Civil War Bibliography. 

Funding for this project was provided by Governor Galleries of Cortland, Ohio.

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:


Cultural Suitcase of India

The unit includes:

  • Literature on India's festivals, rituals, cuisine, art and architecture, music, dance, costumes, language

  • Mehndi (henna)

  • Rangoli

  • Puppets

  • Bindi (dots)

  • Costumes

  • Teacher Resource Manual

Targeted age group:

  • Grades 5 through 8

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week

  • $10 which includes a Teacher Resource Manuel as well as delivery and pick-up of the Suitcase at your individual building.

The Cultural Suitcase Exhibit of India was created by the India Association of Greater Youngstown to commemorate the 50th anniversary of India’s independence. It is aimed toward enhancing the cultural awareness of India among the students of the Mahoning Valley. India is rich with culture and heritage, and offers much to the rest of the World.

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:


Irish Cultural Suitcase 

The unit includes:

  • Books

  • Videos

  • Maps

  • Musical instruments

  • Irish dance costume

  • Lace 

  • Marble

  • Peat

  • Teacher Resource Manual

Targeted age group:

  • Grades 5 and up

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week: 

  • $10 and includes a Teacher Resource Manual as well as delivery and pick up of the Suitcase at your individual building. 

There are presently more than 44 million people of Irish decent in America and local records show that the Irish have been active in the Mahoning Valley since 1790.

Patterned after a number of other cultural suitcases handled by the Arts Council, the Irish Cultural Exhibit is filled with artifacts and information about the history of Ireland.  

This valuable educational tool was donated to the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County by the Irish American Archival Society.

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:


Pioneer Basket

The unit includes:

  • Storybooks

  • Weaving samples

  • Homemade broom

  • Homemade doll

  • Homemade soap

  • Hand-dipped candles

  • Wooden kitchen tools

  • Teacher Resource Guide

Targeted age group:

  • Grade levels 2 - 8. The teacher's guide offers sample lesson plans that may be used by teachers in this wide target group.

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week:

  • $10.00. This includes a copy of the Teacher Resource as well as pick up and delivery of the Suitcase to your school. 

Utilize this tool to help your students understand early life in the Western Reserve.  

As part of the Bicentennial Celebration held during 2000, a new suitcase was created to allow students to explore life as it was in Trumbull County from 1799 to 1830. Funding for the pioneer contents was provided by the Mahoning Valley Sports Charities, with donations from the Workshops of Gerald E. Henn and the Trumbull County Historical Society.

A special Teacher Resource Guide has been printed to accompany this Basket that contains over 30 lesson plans, written by teachers from throughout Trumbull County. They will aid you in teaching about this historical period. The teacher in-service that provided for the creation of the lesson plans was offered by the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:


The Underground Railroad

The unit includes:

  • Reproduction of a slave hobble

  • Reproduction of various letters and documents related to the Underground Railroad in Trumbull County

  • Underground Railroad game

  • Books related to the Underground Railroad for independent reading

  • Music CD of songs pertaining to slavery and the Underground Railroad

  • Teacher Resource Guide and Lesson Plans

Targeted age group:

  • Grades 4 - 5

Cost to reserve suitcase for one week:

  • Not available

This suitcase provides an in-depth look at local Underground Railroad connections. The teacher's guide offers suggestions for children's activities and includes a variety of documents and visual aids that will help foster student interest in the Underground Railroad.

The suitcase was commissioned by the Warren Library Association and prepared by Trumbull County Historian Wendell Lauth. 

For more information or to reserve this suitcase:


Exploring the Visual Arts

Introduction to a Museum (Portfolio 1) 
Introduces children to an art museum and contains samples of artist tools in addition to the portfolio.

This unit includes:

  • Samples of artist tools

  • Color slides

  • Large color reproductions

  • Teacher Resource guide

  • Catalogs from the Butler

  • Artist information

  • Suggested follow-up activities

  • Vocabulary cards

Targeted age group:

  • Lower elementary (adaptable for grades 1-6)

Cost to reserve portfolio for one week:  

  • $10


Media Exploration (Portfolio 2) 
Explores the various mediums artists use to produce art. Included with the portfolio are artist tools and samples of paints, chalks, ink and papers.

This unit includes:

  • Samples of artist tools

  • Samples of paints, chalks, ink and papers

  • Color slides

  • Large color reproductions

  • Teacher Resource guide

  • Catalogs from the Butler

  • Artist information

  • Suggested follow-up activities

  • Vocabulary cards

Targeted age group:

  • Intermediate (adaptable for grades 1-6)

Cost to reserve portfolio for one week:

  • $10


  • Two traveling portfolios, prepared by education specialists from The Butler Institute of American Art, help teachers bring art into the classroom. The premise of the traveling exhibits is to introduce students to art museums and various media.

    Both are suitable for either art or general classes.

    For more information or to reserve these portfolios:


    FACT
    P.O. Box 48
    Warren, OH. 44482
    Phone: (330) 399-1212

    or email us at info@TrumbullArts.Org