Museum Hours
Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Teacher Events and Workshops

Virtual Educator Institute

Learning and Unlearning Our Histories:
Creative Exploration of Community Through the Ethnic Studies Curriculum



Tuesdays, Jun 15, 22, 29
9:30 AM –12 PM
Cost: Pay what you can

We invite middle and high school teachers to join us for this three-day summer institute on art and place-making as tools for learning and unlearning history. We’ll share resources, activities, and ideas that you can use to encourage students to explore their identities and find solidarity within their communities. Learn how culturally specific museums like the Asian Art Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora can support you in implementing California’s recently approved Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.

This is a three-session event; registration is good for all three dates. Registered participants are welcome to attend as many of the sessions as they wish.



Day 1, Tuesday, June 15

Imposed Identity in the Built Environment, presented by the Asian Art Museum

How does a sense of place shape a person’s identity? Using San Francisco Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square and Hunter’s Point as case studies, we will explore how students might “map” their neighborhoods to understand themselves and their communities.

Guest speaker: Divya Jain
Divya Jain is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied architecture and city planning. She first became interested in exploring the relationship between culture, identity, and place-making while working on her thesis on Portsmouth Square. Jain continues to engage in research on the connection between Asian American history and public space in San Francisco.


Day 2, Tuesday, June 22

Intersections of African American and Asian American Communities in San Francisco Neighborhoods, presented by MoAD

Using publicly available online archives focusing on San Francisco’s neighborhoods, we will explore the intersections of the African American and Asian American communities to construct a more complete understanding of history and identity.


Day 3, Tuesday, June 29

Mapping Cultural Identities: A Poetry Workshop, presented by Michael Warr and Chun Yu from Two Languages/One Community

In their Two Languages/One Community project, poets Michael Warr and Chun Yu explore the mapping of cultural identities and find commonality as individuals and with their communities through poetry and translation. They will share how they weave family, culture, history, and nature into poetry and storytelling. Workshop participants will be asked to trace their own identities and to consider what shapes, obstructs, and liberates their sense of identity. The poets will each illustrate their methodologies by mapping their personal journeys through poetry.

For questions about teacher events and workshops, contact the education department at 415-581-3668 or [email protected].

Organizers & Sponsors

Co-hosted by the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and Two Languages/One Community.