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Uncovering America

Byron Kim, Synecdoche (detail), 1991-present, oil and wax on lauan plywood, birch plywood, and plywood, Richard S. Zeisler Fund, 2009.39.1.1-560

Uncovering America

What does it mean to be American?

Discover compelling stories of creativity, struggle, and resilience in this new set of resources for K–12 educators featuring works of art that reflect the richness and diversity of the people, places, and cultures of the United States. Encourage creative, critical, and historical thinking in your students as you examine works of art from the country’s creation to the present day.

Thematic modules contain:

  • Introductory essays
  • Downloadable high-resolution image sets featuring background information
  • Essential questions for students
  • Classroom activities
  • Selected additional resources

What’s your American story? Share with #AmericanStoriesNGA or send your stories to [email protected] for the chance to be highlighted here.

 

Activism and Protest

Activism and Protest

Why and how do people protest? How might works of art show support or advocate for a cause? How are people, communities, and events affected by works of art?

Transportation

Transportation

How does transportation affect our daily lives? What can we learn about transportation and travel from works of art?

 

Immigration and Displacement

Immigration and Displacement

Why do people migrate to and within the United States? How might works of art help us understand personal experiences of immigration and displacement?

Civil War and Its Aftermath

Civil War and Its Aftermath

How do we remember the Civil War? Whose stories are told in the art and memorials from and about the time period?

 

People and the Environment

People and the Environment

In what ways have Americans impacted the environment? What is our collective responsibility toward the earth and each other? How do artists engage with these questions through works of art?

Expressing the Individual

Expressing the Individual

How is identity shaped, formed, and expressed? How can works of art help us understand our world and ourselves more fully?

Manifest Destiny and the West

Manifest Destiny and the West

In what ways was the US settled and unsettled in the 19th century? What role did artists play in shaping public understandings of the US West? 

 

Uncovering America is made possible in part by the Teresa & H. John Heinz III Educational Endowment Fund