Asian American Artists--Free Program

by  Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Asian American artists are integral to the multifaceted story of
American art. Explore their artwork and discuss the
life experiences, historic events, and cultural connections that
inspire their artistic practice.

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40-60 minutes based on your needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Culture, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Offered Monday through Friday on a flexible schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Register at least 4 weeks before your requested program date to guarantee best availability. We schedule programs and send confirmations about a month before your requested program date. If you would like to check on the status of your request, please contact AmericanArtEducation@si.edu. All requests are subject to availability.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Confirmation of your videoconference is dependent on a successful test call. Cancellations must be submitted 48 hours prior to the scheduled videoconference. Frequent cancellations will result in the inability to register for additional programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, DC
United States

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.

Distance learning programs are generously supported by the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

Rebecca Fulcher
(202) 633-8537

Program Details


Volunteer videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using PowerPoint slides. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together.


After participation in this videoconference, your students will be better able to:

• Compare and contrast the perspectives of Asian American artists for a deeper understanding of their diverse identities and cultures;
• Recognize how works by Asian American artists communicate their unique stories, while also engaging with historical events and universal themes;
• Identify artworks that explore vibrant, distinct, and resilient Asian American communities and cultures;
• Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Videoconferences can touch on one or more of the following standards

Visual Arts
Anchor Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work
Anchor Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work
Anchor Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding

Historical Thinking
K-12.2: Draw upon the visual data presented in photographs, paintings, cartoons, and architectural drawings to clarify, illustrate, or elaborate upon information presented in the historical narrative, and appreciate and consider past historical perspectives
K-12.3: Analyze and interpret multiple perspectives in history to compare and contrast differing sets of ideas, values, personalities, behaviors, and institutions, and to challenge arguments of historical inevitability
K-12.4: Obtain and interrogate historical data from a variety of sources, including library and museum collections, in order to formulate historical questions from encounters with art and other records from the past

Social Studies
D2.His.5.3-5.: Explain connections among historical contexts and people's perspectives at the time
D2.His.6.6-8.: Analyze how people’s perspectives influenced what information is available in the historical sources they created
D2.His.5.9-12.: Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people’s perspectives

Social Justice
ID.3: Recognize that people’s multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals
ID.6: Express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage respectfully with all people
ID.9: Respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding and connection

College and Career Readiness Skills, English Language Arts/Literacy

Standards have been slightly modified to expand the definition of "text" to include artworks.

R.1: Read closely to determine what the [artwork] says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific [visual] evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the [artwork].
R.2: Determine central ideas or themes of a[n artwork] and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
R.6: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a[n artwork].
R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
R.9: Analyze how two or more [artworks] address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the [artists] take.

Speaking and Listening
SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
SL.2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
SL.3: Evaluate a speaker’s [or an artist’s] point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
SL.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.