Chicago K-12 Education


National Museum of Mexican Art
$22,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support “Nuestras Historias: Teaching through Art,” including professional development for teachers, curriculum development, field trips for participants’ students, and artist residencies in the classroom. The program highlights works by Mexican American artists in NMMA’s collection exhibition and serves 30 Chicago Public Schools teachers and approximately 900 students.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
$70,000
Chicago, Illinois
2018

To support the Teacher Fellowship Program for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 school years. This program provides professional development about American outsider art and artists for approximately 24 Chicago Public School teachers at 12 schools each year, serving an estimated 600 students annually. At the culmination of the program, student artworks, inspired by connections made to outsider art and artists, will be exhibited at Intuit and the teachers’ lessons will be published on Intuit’s website.

Smarthistory
$15,600
New York, New York
2017

To support Seeing America, a multi-year program focused on creating a free, comprehensive, web-based learning resource on the history of American art, developed and distributed by Smarthistory in partnership with a consortium of museums. Smarthistory is a widely-used resource for the study of art and cultural heritage, with a growing collection of object-centered videos and essays available on smarthistory.org, YouTube, and Khan Academy.

The Newberry Library
$15,600
Chicago, Illinois
2017

To support a new teacher and student program focused on the art and visual culture of World War II. Chicago Public Schools high-school teachers attending a one-day seminar, led by an art historian, will explore a range of primary and secondary sources from the Newberry’s collection of WWII material and learn techniques for teaching with and about these primary sources in the classroom. The program includes student field trips to the Newberry Library as well.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2017

To support a free online curriculum resource for middle- and high-school teachers about Chicago outsider artist Henry Darger, released in conjunction with a year-long series of programs and exhibitions at Intuit commemorating the 125th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
$25,000
Bentonville, Arkansas
2017

To support a planning convening of approximately 24 educators and American art curators from 12–15 museums around the US as the initial step in the development of Seeing America, an ambitious interdisciplinary online resource on the history of American art to be developed by Smarthistory, non-profit producer of online essays and videos on art and cultural history.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2016

To support the Multiple Visit Field Trip Program, which serves approximately 360 grade 4–6 students and their teachers at approximately 10 schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. The program focuses on American art on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and includes professional development for teachers.

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
$25,000
Oak Park, Illinois
2016

To support Frank Lloyd Wright: Teaching by Design, a web-based project and professional-development program for Chicago K–12 teachers. The project helps teachers learn about Wright’s design philosophy and connect it to contemporary issues in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

Chicago Public Schools
$33,000
Chicago, Illinois
2016

To support a series of professional-development activities designed to help middle-grade art teachers bring African American and Latino art into their curricula in ways that address the new National Core Arts Standards and Common Core reading standards.

National Museum of Mexican Art
$28,100
Chicago, Illinois
2015

To support Nuestras Historias: Teaching the Story of America through Art, a teacher professional- development and curriculum-development project in the 2015/16 school year. Serving 20 Chicago Public Schools teachers in grades 6–12, the program explores works by Mexican-American artists and guides teachers in exploring historical and art historical themes related to the Mexican experience in the United States. The program includes a student field trip and teacher curricula will be shared online.