Ritual as Remembrance

Based on the project Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Lesson Overview

Through exploring our own legacies and ancestries, we delve into understanding how and why people around the world have documented and celebrated their stories and rituals.

Photograph by Régine Romain

Learning Objectives
  • See and compare artists’ different points of view
  • Understand the meaning of “ritual” in the context of other histories and cultures
  • Use photography and interviews to reflect on the role of ritual in their own lives

This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Fall 2018 Teacher Professional Development Day. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Brenna McLaughlin, CoCo Harris, Lola Flash, Emily Kawasaki, Natalia Guerrero, Lisa Kahane, Régine Romain, Delphine Fawundu and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Featuring photography by

artists from MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Grade Level

5th – 12th grade, adults


Photography, Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Time Required

2 – 3 class sessions

Produced and Facilitated by


Presented in partnership with