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Art Speaks

is supported with internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants Program
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Robert McNeill (1917–2005), Make a Wish (Bronx Slave Market, 170th Street, New York), 1938,gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase,© 1938 Robert McNeill, 1993.72.1

Project Description

This is a multi-disciplinary project designed to create an innovative and authentic learning opportunity for students. The project incorporates technology to promote 21st century skills including creativity, collaboration, problem solving, communication, and critical thinking. This project is designed for 7th and 8th grade students and includes English Language Arts, social studies, and visual art components. The project could be adapted for students in other grade levels. The project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian American Art Museum (American Art) and the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) in Louisiana.

Four JPPSS middle schools are part of the project. These include: Gretna Middle, Riverdale Middle, Truman Middle, and T. H. Harris Middle. Technology Integration Specialists (TIS), library/media specialists, and social studies and language arts teachers at each school implement the project with their classrooms. See a listing of schools and district participants below. The project is coordinated for JPPSS by Sarah Rosedahl.

Theme: African American Art and the Civil Rights Movement

Students will work in teams to study the Civil Rights movement through works of art created primarily by African American artists found in the collection of theSmithsonian American Art Museum. Works will be selected from the museum's online collection at http://americanart.si.edu. Program participants will also use the website, Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian, conceived and developed jointly by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Project Components

This multi-disciplinary project has several components. These include a one-day professional development "kick-off" workshop for educators in JPPSS lead by Smithsonian staff, local field trips for students to the New Orleans African American Museum and/or local civil rights landmarks, a real-time videoconference with Smithsonian American Art Museum staff, a classroom visit by a local civil rights leader (Ms. Leona Tate), a related art project, and the creation of student podcasts about artworks in Smithsonian collections. All the finished podcasts are posted to this site and several that are focused on Smithsonian American Art Museum artworks have been chosen to be posted the Museum website. Additional information, videos, and photographs of these various components are posted below.

VOICETHREAD Project- Ms. Caminita/Ms. Phillips' 7th Grade Honors

November 2011-May 2012


Times Picayune news article


http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2012/01/civil_rights_movement_takes_on.html






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FINISHED ART PROJECTS


Students were posed with the question "What does Civil Rights mean to me?" They then had to create a piece of artwork to display their answers.

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LEONA TATE VISIT

We had the honor of having a guest speaker, Ms. Leona Tate, give us her first-hand account of what it was like to be one of the four African American children to integrate the New Orleans Public Schools.


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TOP 6 Projects:

Student: Dechel S.
Artist: Charles White
Title: Move On Up a Little Higher

http://voicethread.com/share/2937098/
http://tinyurl.com/dechel-s-gretnamiddle
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Student: Britney A.
Artist: James VanDerZee
Title: Evening Attire
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http://voicethread.com/share/2937107/
http://tinyurl.com/britney-a-gretnamiddle

Student: Janetta D.
Artist: John Steuart Curry
Title: The Fugitive
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http://voicethread.com/share/2937121/
http://tinyurl.com/janettta-d-gretnamiddle

Student: Allison F.
Artist: Jacob Lawrence
Title: Dixie Cafe
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http://voicethread.com/share/2947006/
http://tinyurl.com/allison-f-gretnamiddle

Student: Lyric W.
Artist: Barbara Jones
Title: Unite
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http://voicethread.com/share/2947017/
http://tinyurl.com/lyric-w-gretnamiddle

Student: Sarah B.
Artist: Norman Lewis
Title: Evening Rendezvous
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http://voicethread.com/share/2947033/
http://tinyurl.com/sarah-b-gretnamiddle


Lesson Plan & Resources