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Summer Institute for Educators: Reimagining American Art

Jul 20 – 21 2022

Seattle Art Museum

Arnold Board Room (entire)

10 AM – 4 PM

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What is American art? Following a two-year collaboration with artists and community members, SAM will debut its reinstalled American art galleries in October 2022.

Ahead of the reinstallation, this Summer Institute for Educators will introduce the shift from a historical overview of American art history to an approach that considers the many artistic perspectives in North America from the 17th century to World War II, particularly those of artists active in the Pacific Northwest region's diverse communities. During our Summer Institute, educators will explore these themes in relation to culturally responsive teaching and fostering personal connections with art among students. In the galleries and working with teaching artists, educators will gain firsthand experience with engagement strategies across subjects, including Visual Art, Social Studies, Language Arts, and more.

"I loved how engaging and exploratory the Institute was. Presentations and workshops were inspiring and useful, and helped me push myself as a teacher. I can't wait to incorporate what I learned—definitely sharing this and coming back.” – Endorsement from a past Summer Institute participant

The registration fee for this event is $50, or $40 for SAM Members. If cost is a barrier, please contact

American Art: The Stories We Carry

Lead Funding
Mellon Foundation

Major Support
Terra Foundation for American Art

Generous Support
Estate of Christian Hermann Heesemann

Support for K-12 programs during the 2021-2022 school year is provided by the BNSF Railway Foundation, Foster Foundation, and Freeman Foundation. Partial, sustained support for SAM’s K-12 programs is provided by an endowment established in 1999 by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant and the generous contributions of matching donors, including the Ann P. Wyckoff Education Endowment. The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the Seattle Art Museum has supported SAM K–12 programs since 1994.

Photo: Robert Wade

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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