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Each summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Division of Education offers K-12 teachers of all subject areas the chance to renew their spirit of inquiry through VAST: Visual Arts as a Source for Teaching. This program allows teachers to immerse themselves in the museum's collections and its use as a resource in the classroom, with themes changing each summer. The collections serve as the starting point for lively experiences that stress an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach in looking at and teaching from works of art. Participants take part in lectures, demonstrations, small group discussions, behind-the-scenes meetings with museum curators, writing workshops and field trips to build skills and strategies for teaching humanities-based curriculum. This summer we will explore the lessons that art and the art museum can teach us about inclusivity and individuality. What does it mean to be an insider? What does it mean to be an outsider? Experiment with object-based teaching strategies for building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and beyond.


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