How can works of art strengthen the dialogue between American history and civic mindedness?
Engaging with visual art can challenge and expand our understanding of the world and our place within it. In this set of resources for K-12 educators, discover works of American art by a diverse group of historical and contemporary artists. Encourage students to look at and enjoy art as a way to consider themes of equality, freedom, and justice in American history and their personal lives.
We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy
The inspiration for this collection of artworks and related resources comes from a special exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy. This unique exhibition placed a rare, original print of the US Constitution (one of only eleven known in the world) in conversation with works of art that provide diverse American perspectives on the nation’s founding principles.
In this microsite, educators will find what they need to balance critical, creative, and historical thinking through: