Educator Resources

Our online and print educational resources are designed to help students and educators engage with the museum’s collections and exhibitions, and gain knowledge and skills through the close “reading” of images and interdisciplinary curriculum integration.

These resources are aimed at integrating the study of photography into fine arts, language arts and social science curriculum for secondary and post-secondary students. Each section contains questions for looking and discussion; information on artists, artworks, and artistic genres and traditions; classroom activities, and image sets related to the permanent collection of the MoCP. These resources are aligned with Illinois Learning standards and can be adapted for use by younger students.

Art, Activism, Policy, Power

Art, Activism, Policy, Power is a learning framework that provides resources and opportunities for engagement between high school students and artist activists. The program is designed to address different topics, using the MoCP’s exhibitions, visiting artists, and collections as teaching tools. The program aims to encourage students to uncover systemic structures that create injustices, to discover how artists use research in their practice to give voice to the pressing issues of their time, and to gain understanding of the power and relevance of the arts in advancing the work of activists. The curricular guides below can be implemented and adapted by educators to fit a wide variety of curriculums

MoCP Collection-Based Curriculum