Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum


June 23–June 27, 2014


July 28–August 1, 2014


Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, technology, and your curricula. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and Museum staff throughout the year.

Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies and English/language arts teachers.

What will teachers accomplish during the Institute?

  • Gain expertise from museum educators, curators, content experts, and technology specialists through gallery talks, discussion groups, and hands-on activities
  • Learn to use American art in the classroom to foster critical thinking skills
  • Make interdisciplinary connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts
  • Experiment with digital tools you can use to bring art into your classroom
  • Develop and share lesson ideas with peers
  • Engage in online professional development activities and assignments before, during, and after the Institute

Applications are due Monday, March 31, 2014

Registration Fee: $200 per participant

For more information and the application please visit:

Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. For more information, please contact us at

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