Photo: Sue Ahn

Museum educator Donna Jonte with students in the gallery. Photo: Sue Ahn

First graders from the Inspired Teaching Public Charter School visited the museum last week as part of their year-long partnership with The Phillips Collection. The newly opened Inspired Teaching school is in its first year and is creating arts integration projects that will be exhibited in the museum as part of the Phillips’s Art Links to Literacy Program. On this visit students viewed Elizabeth Murray’s Sun and Moon, Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, and then created Lawrence-inspired collages in the museum’s art workshop.

Hip Hop N’ Ya Don’t Stop: Jacob Lawrence Inspires A Rap

Students from Takoma Educational Center, three in Harlem Renaissance-style costume, look at work by classmates based on Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series. Photo: James R. Brantley

Working with a work of art like Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series as often as I do, it is easy to become jaded by what truly is a masterpiece of American art. Countless school tours, in-classroom workshops, reading and re-reading our dense teaching kit, sharing the same stories of its inception and creation would make any museum educator tire of the series. However, last week’s Community Celebration with the middle schoolers of Takoma Education Campus  illustrates how no matter how many tours I give, I will always be inspired by The Migration Series and the way it connects with people of all ages. Continue reading “Hip Hop N’ Ya Don’t Stop: Jacob Lawrence Inspires A Rap” »

Teaching through the Prism: What Does Arts Integration Look Like?

This is the second installment in the Teaching through the Prism series, anticipating our upcoming national forum on Arts Integration, June 23−24. Read Suzanne’s first post here.


Next week at our Teaching through the Prism of Arts Integration Forum, we’ll be screening a brand new video featuring our year-long project, Teach with O’Keeffe, working with art museums and classroom teachers from New York to New Mexico, and of course Washington, DC. Seeing the experiences of the students (“If I have a connection to something visual… then I will enjoy it,”), teachers (“Arts Integration peaks student interest,”) and administrators (“I believe that art brings out critical thinking,”) emphasizes what we’ve noticed about the impact of arts across the curriculum: it encourages innovative teaching, deepens personalized learning, promotes learning through multiple learning styles, and advances 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

My favorite line of the movie: Erin Fitzgerald, a middle-school language arts teacher from New York City says, “Arts Integration. It’s not an add-on!” She really knocks it out!

Suzanne Wright, Director of Education