Institute hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25–26, and lunch will be provided each day.
In 1977, African-American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988) created a landmark series of collages and watercolors based on Homer’s classic work of Western literature, The Odyssey. Bearden’s Black Odyssey series expanded his earlier explorations of historical narratives and artistic genres by presenting his own reinterpretation of the subject. Using artworks from the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, educators make connections between art, history, and literature; explore a variety of Bearden’s processes and media, including collage, drawing, and watercolor; and collaborate with other teachers to create classroom activities and lessons that encourage visual literacy, dialogue, and reflection. Museum educators uncover Bearden’s literary and musical sources of inspiration, provide historical and cultural contexts in which to view the series, and provide interpretive strategies to help teachers incorporate artworks into daily curriculum.
Who should apply?
This interdisciplinary program is geared toward administrators, homeschool educators, librarians, PreK–12 teachers at public and private schools, and preservice teachers. Teachers of English/language arts, ESL, gifted and talented, science, social studies, and visual arts, as well as teacher teams from the same school, are encouraged to apply!
Lunch will be provided each day. All participants receive twelve CPE hours in English/Language Arts: All Levels; Fine Arts—Art: All Levels; Instructional Techniques: All Levels; and Social Studies: All Levels. Also included: classroom resources, including books, posters, and postcards; a CD with digital images of related artworks, image guide, and mediagraphy of related resources; and classroom activities.
This institute is provided at no charge, and a limited number of teachers will be selected. To apply, send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
• A one-page written essay that discusses how you have successfully used images in your everyday curriculum or challenges you have faced when trying to integrate images into your lessons.
• A current resume or CV (include your home and school mailing addresses, preferred summer email address and phone number, and grade levels and disciplines you teach).
Application materials must be received by June 14, and applicants will be notified regarding their status via email by June 21.
The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this program.