Crystal Bridges is embarking on a new and innovative initiative to increase student access to learning from the visual arts. In partnership with Virtual Arkansas, the Museum will offer a for-credit elective course for high school students, beginning in January 2015. Sign-up today!

Course Description

Museum Mash-Up: American Identity and the Arts

How is the identity of America represented in the arts? Is it a more accurate and diverse reflection than you would find in a textbook? How has the identity of America changed throughout history? All of these questions and more will be explored in this course as you learn how to discuss and interpret paintings from the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other museums throughout the country. Located in Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges has over five centuries of American Art, from early European portrayals of Native Americans to works being made by American artists today. Each of these artworks is a primary source and provides a unique perspective of American history and identity that you cannot find in a history textbook. You will learn how to discuss, interpret, and critique in this class while also learning about careers in museums. The final project will culminate in a virtual student-created exhibition.