• The Great Society and the Case for the Humanities

    Created September 30, 2015
    Why Treaties Matter poster display

    Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

    A virtual exhibit to see for yourself how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place now called Minnesota and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. Educator guides provide educators with background, student readings and activities, vocabulary lists, and suggested web and print resources.

    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.

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    Afropop Worldwide — PRI

    This PRI series explores the vast variety of music that has African roots or influences, including Francophone nations as well as many Caribbean and Latin American countries. The series includes webcasts.

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    A Head Start on Picturing America

    Developed in partnership with NEH to assist Head Start staff and parents share the world of art with children. Picturing America offers opportunities to address children’s school readiness, family literacy and parent involvement goals. The website includes a downloadable resource guide, creative activities, and a video of one Head Start program’s experience hosting an event designed to explore art and history in a fun, family-oriented way.

    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.