Marcin Jerzewski, ’18, has long been fascinated with art and art history — an interest that led him to work as a behind-the-scenes education and collection assistant for University Museums.

His primary task? Developing the Museum in a Box program, which merges the University’s collection with state Standards of Learning topics. Working with Martha Wright, coordinator of museum visitor and tour services, Jerzewski crafted three boxes covering the geology of Virginia, printmaking, and mollusks.

“I researched the existing teaching plan and hands-on activities, located items in museums’ education collection that could be used in the box, and wrote lesson plans for our activities,” he says. The boxes are borrowed by regional schools — many of which lack the resources to purchase similar materials or send students on field trips. The free program enriches classroom teaching with interactive experiences.