Wadsworth Atheneum

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest continually-operating public art museum in the United States, experienced an extensive renovation funded in part by NEH. Major exhibitions and newly refurbished collections offer new interpretive content and deeper engagement with the artwork. An online collection of educational resources provide creative strategies for effectively addressing student learning objectives through the visual arts.

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Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica

Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe exhibition places Mayólica, a method of glazing earthenware pottery in historic and cultural context. A full array of educational resources is provided.

Main altar reredos, Mission San Miguel (detail)

The 14th Colony: A California Missions Resource for Teachers

NEH Summer Landmark for School teachers, The Fourteenth Colony, collection of K-12 instructional resources include multimedia spanning Native Californians, Missions, Presidios and Pueblos of the Spanish, and Mexican and early American traditions and eras. Primary sources, maps, and images document the cultural and historical geography of the California missions.

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Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America

Tour this Library of Congress online exhibit’s four regional sections that feature through literary maps and images how the voices of America’s writers are rooted in a particular place.

James McNeill Whistler's "Girl in White"

How to Make the Most of “James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty” in the Classroom

“James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty” is a treasure trove of information for the classroom on this pivotal American artist, tracing his life and development as an artist. Connect with a streaming version of the film, classroom resources aligned with Common Core and the new arts standards, and more.

James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty

An NEH-funded PBS documentary by filmmaker Karen Thomas examines the life of the artist and the course of his career and supplies teachers and museum educators with lesson plan, videos, a time line, images, and more to learn about Whistler and his art. Connect with the streamed version of the film.

Harriet Powers, American folk artist and quilt maker, is born

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James McNeil Whistler: The Case for Beauty

A new PBS documentary by filmmaker Karen Thomas examines the life of the artist and the course of his career. Premieres September 12.

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Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago

The exhibit, based on an NEH-funded summer institute at the Newberry Library, focuses on the connection between Chicago's unique urban, economic, and cultural history and its literature. The website contains art, correspondence, poems, and ephemera by Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, and others, with informative essays and full bibliography.