This summer, expose yourself to a new way of seeing history!
Black artists, writers, dancers and performers created powerful, positive images of black culture and identity through various media in the wake of the civil rights movement and dawn of the Black Nationalist movement. The Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement (VABAM) will focus on integrating the arts into the classroom to promote visual literacy, critical thinking, and historical understanding of civil rights and the Black Power period.
Teachers of U.S. History, African-American Studies, American Studies, and other arts and humanities have the unique opportunity to spend a week this summer engaged in the Black Arts Movement with top scholars, field trips, and archives. Participants will explore:
- How did visual artists of the Black Arts movement address issues of Black Power, politics, community, self-determination, identity, and gender?
- How does analyzing the visual arts and primary source texts of BAM enrich our understanding of historical and contemporary American politics, art, and culture? How do they make history come alive for students?
- How can visual literacy help students understand and interpret art as more than just “illustrations” of history?
- What is the historical significance of the visual arts of the Black Arts movement?
Teachers will work with Rebecca Zorach, professor of Art History at the University of Chicago who has conducted visual critical thinking courses in the city high schools, and additional invited artists and scholars. Over the course of five days, you will explore: (1) Historical and Political Contexts of BAM, (2) Visual Analysis and the Black aesthetic, (3) Collaborations Across Media: Photographers and Writers, (4) Community Art through Murals, (5) Women Artists and the BAM.
In addition, teachers will have time each day to collaborate on how to integrate in their classes and will be expected to produce a lesson plan that will shared online.
30 + CPDUS, Materials, Snacks, Stipends, Option for two Lane Credit hours.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art: "Rise andTake Control," silkscreen, 1971, by Barbara Jones-Hogu, used with permission.