Voices from the field:
connecting art and civics

Four approaches to teaching art + civics


2021 Professional Development

Curriculum conversations with teachers from: New York | Georgia | Massachusetts | Florida

Join us as pairs of arts and social studies teachers from across the East Coast share in-depth units for engaging secondary students in explorations of the local through art and civics.

By exploring historical and contemporary people, places, and events, teacher pairs will share the ways that curriculum asks students to be attentive to their communities, evokes a necessary discomfort, connects the past and present, and invites students to impact their local community.

Participants will leave with curriculum resources, inspiration, and guidance for enacting civics+art in their own schools! 

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* Please register for both days if you plan on attending all the sessions. Zoom meeting links are unique to each day.

23 Jun

Webinar Day 1

  • 12:00 pm
  • Zoom

Certificate for CEU's available upon request.

24 Jun

Webinar Day 2

  • 12:00 pm
  • Zoom

Certificate for CEU's available upon request



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NY/NJ Team presents a middle school unit that studies the water crisis and uses the Museo del Barrio as inspiration for community action.

  • Teachers: Marjorie Levinson (Dream Charter, East Harlem NY) & Kandice Stewart (Columbia HS, Maplewood NJ)

GA Team presents a middle school unit that asks: How does knowledge of history affect student engagement in their community? How can students who attain this knowledge help retain the historical integrity of Brownsville/Southeast Atlanta?

  • Teachers: Susan Barnes, Pamela Haskins & Dr. Yvette Ledford (Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta GA)

FL Team studies how students can unearth buried histories through the production of stories, living archives, and community action.

  • Teachers: Allison Bolah & Christopher Horne (Deerfield Beach HS, Deerfield Beach FL)

MA Team considers how to activate contemporary art in the classroom, as students create a sense of community and a sense of place.

  • Teachers: Jessica Howard & Sol Rheem (Somerville HS, Somerville¬† MA)

Meet the teachers


4 teams, 9 teachers, 5 schools

Funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Politics at Florida State University.