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Southeastern to offer summer art history institute for area educators

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Applications from area educators are now being accepted for an art institute on American history and ideals to be held at Southeastern Louisiana University June 2-26.
     The institute, “Democracy Illustrated – Art History in the Classroom,” is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Visual Arts with support from a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant.
     The institute will explore American history and American democratic ideals through the examination of visual art reproductions of the Picturing America/We the People Project sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association, said Kim Finley-Stansbury, associate professor of art and institute coordinator.
     Applications are being accepted from a broad range of educators. The institute is open to all K-12 teachers, including generalists and educators in language arts, social studies, art history, music, and gifted and talented teachers in public, private and parochial schools in Louisiana. Principals, school librarians and curriculum supervisors are also eligible to apply.
     Up to 20 participants will be selected and will have the option of taking the course as pass/fail, for credit, or as an audit. Each participant will receive a $700 stipend minus the cost of required university fees. Application deadline is April 2, and additional information about applying can be obtained by contacting Finley-Stansbury at 985-549-2193 or
     The institute will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Thursdays during the session. Included will be field trips to the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The program will also include discussion of art history texts, preparation of lesson plans and Powerpoint presentations.
     “The study of art history is important – especially for young people – because it promotes higher order thinking skills,” Finley-Stansbury said. “When students discuss works of arts, they must come up with answers on their own, through their own observations. Through a natural web of interactions and extensions, arts learning can be extended across the curriculum.”

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