Professional Development Programs
Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement

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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.


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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 info@chicagohistoryfair.org

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Art: "Rise andTake Control," silkscreen, 1971, by Barbara Jones-Hogu, used with permission.

 
Professional Development Programs 2014-2015

CMHEC offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects--particularly History Fair. Check out the listings below for our 2014-2015 workshops, seminars, and institutes.

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are free to History Fair Partner schools.

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"Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement"

a Summer Institute offered by CMHEC and the Terra Foundation

July 21-25, 2014

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. [Art: "Rise and Take Control," silkscreen, 1971, by Barbara Jones-Hogu, used with permission.]

Applications accepted until 4/25/2014. Learn More on the VABAM webpage.

 

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History Fair Methods: A Lane Credit Course

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In only one week’s time you will:

-Earn 1 semester hour for Lane Credit (2-semester course option is available)
-Learn all aspects of the History Fair: engage in learning by doing
-Visit key institutions that will be crucial for your students’ History Fair experience
-Understand how to structure HF benchmarks to keep your students on task
-Engage in key readings associated with historical inquiry
-Align History Fair to Common Core and CPS Teachers Framework (or your district’s p.d. requirements)
-Leave with the confidence to start History Fair at your school. You will become eligible for special coaching opportunities from CMHEC as well.

For Lane Credit, CPS teachers must register at cpsuniversity Course #18569.  For all teachers not seeking Lane Credit register directly by emailing INFO@chicagohistoryfair.org. Spaces are limited!

 

nara urbanSTAY TUNED for Fall 2014 Professional Development Programs:

History Fair Boot Camps: One-day intensive workshops, 9-3pm, at the Newberry Library. Six CPDUs, free materials.

Lane Credits

"Leadership & Legacy" Workshops

 

 
Website Certification

IMPORTANT NOTE TO TEACHERS: We are pleased to see your interest in the History Fair’s newest category, historical websites. Any teacher that wants to enter student website projects in the History Fair this year is required to take the training, below, and earn certification.

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