Objective: Students will investigate and research the history of arts organizations and their contributions in the Bay Area.
Common Core Standards
W.K.7: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).
W.4.7: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
W.4.9.a, b: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
W.5.7: Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
W.5.8: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
W.5.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
RI.5.9: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
LIB.6.4.3: Appreciate and respond to creative expressions of information.
Artworks: Bernice Bing (dowloadable PowerPoint from sidebar above)
- Decide if students are to work individually or in groups. Arrange for web access in the classroom, or determine if assignment can be taken home.
- Introduce students to Bernice Bing, a Bay Area arts advocate.
- Define “advocate” for your class.
- Optional: Show Artworks: Bernice Bing (PPT) to familiarize students with Bing’s art contributions and contextualize the assignment.
- Introduce Bing’s biography and the above quote, highlighting Bing’s involvement with community arts organizations.
- Introduce the assignment: Students will research a Bay Area arts organization and either respond to a writing prompt or create a presentation.
- Assign students an art organization to research from the following:
- SomArts or South of Market Cultural Center
- Neighborhood Arts Program
- Asian American Women’s Artist Association
- Women’s Caucus for the Arts
- Provide time for students to research their assigned organization.
- Ask students to begin their search with the organization website, and then further explore through an internet search.
- Have students answer the following questions in a writing prompt or presentation.
- What does your arts organization do/did?
- When was it established? Who contributed to founding the organization?
- What communities does your organization serve?
- Why is your organization important to society?
- Conclude with a discussion or brainstorm of alternate arts organizations, or ways the arts can help people, and the community.