Activating Art for Peace and Justice
July 21–25, 2014
Join the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Smart Museum of Art for a teacher institute on American art at the crossroads of peace and justice. Over the course of five days, teachers will participate in professional development training in the pedagogy of American art led by museum professionals, scholars, and their own peers.
Activating Art for Peace and Justice reflects today’s moment of social division and conflict, in which nourishing our educational culture with the arts is of critical importance. American artists are known for creating work which supports consciousness-raising, movement-building, and enacting social change. As teachers and museum professionals, we can guide our students in examining historical art to uncover the systems that construct individual and cultural identities, cultivating insights and inspiration for peacemaking and social justice.
The Summer Teacher Institute will engage teachers with museum collections and introduce best practices in art education including Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and facilitated dialogue. Armed with tools for critical visual literacy, educators will develop arts-integrated curricula exploring themes of peace and justice. Activating Art for Peace and Justice blends American art and a commitment to envisioning museums, educators, and students as agents for social change.
Teachers will receive Lane credits for their participation in the Summer Teacher Institute. Other benefits for participation include museum-related lesson plans, reading materials on VTS and facilitated dialogue, art reproductions for classroom use, and school bus vouchers for a field trip to one of the four participating museums during the Fall and Winter quarters. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily during the Summer Teacher Institute.
Sessions run from 8:30 am to 3 pm daily. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
July 21 Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted
July 22 Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place
July 23 Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
July 24 National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street
July 25 Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted
This Summer Teacher Institute is generously funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.