Project Examples and Tips

Research Based Project: Tips

  • Executive summary, including theme and overview of ways project embodies the mission of the Fellowship/its potential for long range positive effects
  • Scope of research
    • Primary sources
    • Secondary sources
    • First hand accounts/interviews
    • Other
  • Project elements outline including introduction, body/argument and conclusions
  • Graphs and visual aids/use of multi media, if any, in the presentation
  • Timetable to completion
  • PR and marketing...how to make research and its conclusions available/known to those in the school community and beyond


Research Based Project: Examples

  • Comparing History To Current Events: Consider doing a research project that compares current world events to a past civilization or particular historic events where peoples' cultural, religious or other differences created either conflict or solutions, from which better answers and solutions can be embraced and implemented by today's leaders in a challenged world.
  • Getting Together: Explore an area like Queens, New York (or another community) where people of different backgrounds, cultures, religions and race have learned to live together in harmony for years. Understand what similarities enabled them to share the same space, and explore the role their differences played in their successful integration. Uncover how they learned about each other and what they did to foster understanding and mutual respect.
  • Musical Traditions: Research a typically American musical tradition like jazz, the blues, country, etc. Explore how these various musical forms developed and uncover their countries of origin. Learn how these new forms became distinctly American. Think about more current American musical forms and learn where they originated.
  • What We Eat: Explore how and why the American food experience has changed over the years from basic meat and potatoes to a more varied, interesting and ethically diverse menu. Uncover the roles that immigration and travel/contact with other cultures have played in exposing us to different food experiences. Compare restaurant menus to see how food offerings have changed over time and whether unity has or can be a bi product of different food traditions.
  • Art & Culture: Explore the development of art from two or more different cultures. Learn how cultural artistic traditions evolved from reasonably similar primitive art forms to new and more sophisticated creations when contact with other cultures occurred. Consider how the interaction of different cultures contributed to the development of new and exciting artistic ideas and traditions. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art may be an excellent resource for this project.


Community Service Project Tips

  • Executive summary including theme of project and overview of ways in which project embodies mission of the Fellowship and its potential for long range positive effects
  • Based on the community project contemplated, what information needs to be researched and gathered
  • What community groups need to be included/encouraged to participate
  • What approvals may be necessary from parents, school, police or town, including permits and the like, to conduct the event
    • Event schedule
    • Set up
    • Security
    • Clean up
    • Cost and how to raise needed funding
    • Pre and post PR and marketing
    • One off or repeat event


Community Service Project Examples

  • Food Fest: Consider investigating something that is both a basic human need, as well as a rallying point for community and for celebration...food...as affected by differing traditions of peoples' race, ethnicity or religion, with the objective to bring different groups, with different food and other traditions, together such that those differences can be known, creating better understanding, all in a celebratory atmosphere.
  • Sister Cities: Arrange a sister city relationship with a small city or town in another country or in the US where the population is culturally and ethnically different from New Canaan. Develop an ongoing relationship with that city. Organize student exchanges. Assist each other in solving city problems and help each other in emergencies, etc.
  • School Pairing: Create a relationship with another school in Connecticut whose student population is vastly different from yours. Arrange study and social exchanges. Explore what you share in common. Discover how you are different and learn how those differences can benefit all.
  • Big Brother/Big Sister: Arrange a big brother/big sister program in your area that pairs folks with youngsters from different backgrounds. Uncover what qualities and needs are shared and what benefits accrue to both when differences are not only accepted, but enjoyed and celebrated.
  • Needy Country: Explore ways to help a needy country sell local handicrafts or special ethnic foods, initially in Connecticut, but eventually across the country. The object here is not only to help provide much needed income and make folks self supporting, but to expose you to a completely different cultural experience. Look for ways to broaden your perspective and enhance your understanding of different cultures and lifestyles. Consider how the sale of these items can contribute to understanding the richness and benefits of cultural differences.


Art Based Project Tips

  • Executive summary including theme and overview in ways in which the art project embodies the mission of the Fellowship and potential long term positive effects
  • Depending upon whether the art project is fine arts or performing arts
    • What supplies, props or human resources are needed
    • Cost to implement, and where and how will funds be raised
    • Determine time needed to organize and create the art project in question
    • Where to exhibit and for how long
    • Marketing and PR for maximum impact
    • Follow up, i.e. is the art project something that can be traveled, replicated or done again in other contexts and environments


Art Based Project Examples

  • Art Mosaic: Consider looking at different art forms that are impacted by peoples' differences of race, ethnicity or religion, with the objective to bringing those art forms together in a celebratory manner, whether in a fine art exhibit or performing arts format, so that differences in which art is approached by differing groups is better understood, and in the process, celebrated and embraced.
  • The Silk Road: Explore the Silk Road project, an undertaking that brought together a culturally diverse group of musicians who developed a wonderful musical program. Consider how the different musical forms were integrated into an exciting musical event. Explore the influence the different geographic regions, cultures, lifestyles and foods had on the project. Uncover how this very variety contributed to the project's success. Develop ideas for other programs that could create similar opportunities.
  • Big Idea With Simple Beginning: Also explore "Playing For Change, Peace Through Music," shown on PBS, or "Life In A Day" a film directed by Kevin Macdonald for a spark of an idea that can start locally, but go global.