Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – African American Artists


Program Description:

The lives of African American artists lend insight into the context of their works. Learn about the diverse body of artwork created by African American artists and the historical, social, and cultural events, as well as the life experiences, that inspired their work. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together.

After participation in this videoconference, your students will be better able to:

  • Reflect upon and discuss the diversity of styles and subject matter represented in African American artists’ work;
  • Understand the influence of African traditions, as well as the social and political movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, on the work of African American artists;
  • Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)