Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Videoconference Program – Latino Art and Culture

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Program Description:

The concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge in the United States in the mid-20th century. Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day, often using their work to communicate with a larger public about social justice and themes of diversity, identity, and community. 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 the videoconference, your students will be better able to:

  • Understand the historical context of Latino art with a focus on artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries;
  • Understand the impact of Latino cultural traditions, immigration, and American culture on works by Latino artists;
  • Reflect upon and assess artworks exploring Latino American identity, social justice issues, and cultural tradition and reinvention;
  • Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: FREE (5 to 30 students)