And Still We Rise-associated workshops including $2 per person Make & Take activities

The museum offers engaging workshops developed for children from preschool to high school grade levels. The interactive workshop settings complement the long-term and short-term exhibitions, and thereby encourage exploration and appreciation of the histories and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. The workshops enhance and/or reinforce the participant’s knowledge base in social studies, language arts, geography and visual arts.


Ring of Genealogy (High School through Adult)

Visitors will become the genealogical researcher of their own family history. Beginning with a tour of the Ring of Genealogy art mural, techniques are discussed that can help anyone become the family historian.


Treasure Hunt (Grades 6 - 12)

A comprehensive search and answer quiz for use while on tour of the “And Still We Rise” exhibit encourages students to use their problem solving skills to determine the meaning of words, phrases and techniques used to enslave Africans. Discover what led to slavery, how slaves escaped, and even secret codes and the development of the African American Culture.


Underground Railroad Pictograms (Grades K - 3)

Pictograms are simple pictures without words that everyone can understand. By using contemporary pictograms as examples, children will create their own Underground Railroad pictogram communicating a message of their choice.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Temporal Thinking, Historical Analysis and Interpretation, Historical Inquiry, Historical Understanding, The History of the United States, The History of People’s from Many Cultures around the World. 

Literacy Component:  Children take away the encouragement of their pursuit of knowledge and reiterates what they have learned with their visit to the museum in an entertaining and comfortable environment.  


Album Cover Workshop (Grades 5 - 12)

To provide a fun activity intended for students to use their imagination and work independently to design their own music album cover, as if it were their own band or solo album. In addition, this workshop will introduce several different examples of popular music from their community as well as discussions of musicians, old and new.  This workshop is directly related to the “Sound Effects Store” gallery featured in And Still We Rise exhibition.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Satisfies Eras Representing National Standards (5-12); Post-World War II United States, and America in a New Global Age. Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.    

Literacy Component: Each student will use key vocabulary words to create the back of the album cover. Students will write out song titles and credits on the back of the album cover.


Science in Motion Workshop (Grades K - 5)

Science in Motion is an activity intended for very young students. Using scientific concepts, students will explore the Inspiring Minds exhibition discovering the meanings behind the science and act out notable characteristics of selected terms. This fun and engaging activity highlights different science concepts found in our Inspiring Minds exhibit, which students will then act out in a game of science charades.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Inquiry involves generating questions, conducting investigations, and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation.

Literacy Component: The students will write and tell a brief personal story about their “role” as a particle in a substance that changes from solid to a liquid then finally a gas. What happens to me during the changing of states?


Young Futurist Workshop (Grades 5 - 12

Young Futurist is a drawing workshop where students will complete a self-portrait, along with descriptions of accomplishments and/or aspirations that will make their mark on the world. Using examples of leaders in Inspiring Minds, students can use this workshop as visionary workshop to chart their own dreams. A follow up activity may be conducted when students return to their classrooms to help devise a plan for accomplishing their goals, or a research activity which might help them further refine their initial idea. Teachers may also choose to use the completed pieces to be utilized in the classroom space.  In this workshop, students will complete a drawn self-portrait, review their aspirations, and acknowledge all the possibilities their bright futures hold. 

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Explore and experiment with materials and processes while creating artwork based on personal routines, activities, or environments.

Literacy Component: The students will write descriptions of their future accomplishments and discuss their reasons behind their personal artwork to the class.


Restoring the Dream (RTD) Workshop (Grades 5 - 12

In this workshop, the students will explore the role of marches and peaceful protests in the Civil Rights Movement. The students would create a picket sign that expresses social changes in their community. We focus on everyday issues: promoting education, preventing drug usage, ending violence and many more. 

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Satisfies Eras Representing National Standards (5-12); Post-World War II United States, and America in a New Global Age.     

Literacy Component: The students learn about peaceful protests from the Civil Rights Movement and vocabulary to create their own picket signs.


Visualizing African American Art (Grades 4 - 12)

This fun activity is intended for a broad audience (youth and adults) where the audience builds their own narrative about African American art displayed throughout the Wright Museum. This workshop utilizes art and visualization thinking strategies (VST) to develop critical thinking skills, communication and visual literacy skills. Adults and youth will develop their own individual narrative about the African American art work and discuss their ideas as a group discussion. Our Museum Educators facilitate learner-centered discussions of selected African American Art.

GLCE’s Expectations Met: Satisfies Eras Representing National Standards (5-12); Post-World War II United States, and America in a New Global Age.     

Literacy component: This workshop uses art to develop critical thinking skills, communication and visual literacy skills.


Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

The Paradox of Thomas Jefferson having 607 enslaved Africans while writing about liberty and justice has contributed to an American system of privilege, racism and inequality that still affects attitudes, society and culture today. Our Constitution’s democratic system however, calls for responsible, active citizens to ask the hard questions and to listen and to respond. It is therefore our responsibility to be aware of slavery’s legacy and to learn how to be socially involved in creating better policies for our country through educational workshops.

Each of these workshops are designed to take a closer look at those enslaved, to hear their voices through their objects, and to know their names as well as contributions to American society. Participants will recognize how these enslaved persons found methods and means to translate their exceptional skills into an expression of their meager living conditions.

K – 2nd Grade Workshop: Labor and the Enslaved - After viewing the exhibition “Monticello: the Paradox of Liberty”, K-2nd grade students will participate in an engaging hands-on workshop utilizing cardstock, their hands and a number of primary coloring pencils to better understand types of work done by enslaved people at Monticello as well those who benefitted from it.

Standards & outcomes for K-2nd graders: Reading and Communication

3rd – 8th Grade Workshop: Public Discourse & Decision Making - After viewing the exhibition “Monticello: the Paradox of Liberty”, 3rd – 8th graders will, upon walking into the room, pick one color of four available from a container. Students will be presented with a scenario where they are 2019 descendants of one member of the Hemings family (who they will choose) and must then claim one major skill or talent that has manifested in their DNA from that person. Throughout this exciting workshop, students will discuss, write or illustrate how American society either helped or hindered their choices for that person’s advancement.

Standards and outcomes for 3rd - 8th graders: Decision Making

8th – 12th Grade Workshop: Contradiction, Conflict and Duality - This fascinating workshop is designed for Middle and High School students who will consider the Paradox of Thomas Jefferson holding people as slaves while serving as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Students, upon their return from the Monticello: Paradox of Liberty exhibition, will participate in a discussion of ideas and themes from the exhibit that will allow them to create poetry and/or art. This expression will allow their ideas, thoughts and feelings to be heard through parts that are complimentary or opposed to each other.

Critical Thinking & Expression

Standards and outcomes for 8th – 12th graders:

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