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?
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
Why do people migrate to and within the United States? How might works of art help us understand personal experiences of immigration and displacement?
How do we remember the Civil War? Whose stories are told in the art and memorials from and about the time period?
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?
How is identity shaped, formed, and expressed? How can works of art help us understand our world and ourselves more fully?
Does art “work” or have a purpose? Is making art a form of work? How do you think art can represent democratic values?
How do visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance explore black identity and political empowerment? How do migration and displacement influence cultural production?
How does Gordon Parks use photography to address inequities in the U.S.? What do Parks's photographs tell us about the American Dream?
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?
What is a portrait? What truths and questions does a portrait communicate? What might a portrait express about the person portrayed?