How have works of art helped to shape or uphold dominant narratives of history in the Americas? How do they speak—both intentionally and inadvertently—to questions of race, gender, and power? This four-day Teacher Institute, a partnership between the MFA and Primary Source, invites Grade 4–12 teachers from across disciplines to engage with art, inquiry-based teaching, and the complexities of American history. Using the MFA’s Art of the Americas collection as a laboratory for exploration, consider what stories are—and are not—pictured. Explore 18th- and 19th-century portraits, landscape and history paintings, and design objects while studying contemporary works critiquing exclusionary narratives of American history and identity. Tour the galleries, learn about historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts from educators and curators, and practice strategies for incorporating works of art into classroom teaching. Focus on the American colonies and United States, as well as Mexico, the Caribbean, and global interactions, covering themes including transatlantic economies and enslavement, social stratification, indigenous cultures, and environmental history.

For educators of grades 4-12. $400. Discounted parking available. Earn 35 PDPs, or two graduate credits for additional fee of $320. Option to join a cohort following the Institute, with four meetings throughout the school year (no additional cost).

Apply now! Priority given to applications received by Monday, March 18, 2019 and to teams of teachers. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 25, 2019. Note: if your school is in a Primary Source partnership, please register through your district contact.

Image information: In this detail of the mixed-media painting Greasy Grass Premonition #2, contemporary White Earth Ojibiwe artist David Paul Bradley offers his take on the 1876 Battle of Greasy Grass, or Battle of Little Big Horn. See full image.


Teacher Professional Development Programs are supported by The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources. With additional support from Susan and Michael Haley.