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Aug 15, 2017

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Videoconferences Exploring American History Through Art

Students can explore US history and culture through Artful Connections, free interactive videoconferences provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Artful Connections programs promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication via discussion. The programs are highly interactive, inquiry-driven, object-centered lessons appropriate for grades 3 and up. They are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) on a flexible schedule. The sessions last from 45 to 60 minutes. The topics align with national curriculum standards and 21st century skills, which are linked within the program descriptions. The Artful Connections Tours focus on Looking at Art (“To See Is to Think,” “America’s Signs & Symbols,” “Found Object Artworks,” “Contemporary Craft Works”); Exploring History (“Young America,” “Lure of the West,” “A House Divided: Civil War”); and Celebrating Heritage (“African American Artists,” “American Indians,” “Latino Art and Culture”).

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