Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – America’s Signs & Symbols


Program Description:

Artists use familiar icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and the American flag to communicate their ideas about American culture and encourage examination of our society. 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.

Through an active discussion of works depicting America’s signs and symbols, students will be better able to:

  • Understand the difference between a sign and a symbol, as well as the use of each;
  • Explore the historical context and symbolic meanings of American icons;
  • Discuss the role of symbols in the expression of national identity, personal ideas, and social commentary;
  • Use visual and contextual evidence to interpret artworks depicting our nation’s signs and symbols.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 3-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)