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RACE is a Four Letter Word

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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This lesson provides students with the opportunity to critically examine works of art from various time periods and consider not only ways that race and racial groups have been depicted in various societies, but also how those depictions might perpetuate stereotypes and biased thinking.

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Character Education

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH
United States

Distance Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Diane Cizek

Program Details


1. Open discussion on how art reflects cultural beliefs.
2. Introduce selected works without conveying background information, then review how perception of these works might change with adequate context.
3. Practice ways to describe, analyze, and evaluate works.
4. Role Playing interactivity in which students assess and react to cultural sensitivities in their own school community.


Students will understand that objects (paintings, sculptures and decorative arts) from various historical periods reflect cultural beliefs and values of the period in which they were made.
Students will understand that the cultural ideas reflected in works of art might express perceptions that may or may not be accurate about the group of people portrayed—how they look and seem.
Students will understand that information about an art object can influence our perceptions of the object.
Students will learn that certain skills help us investigate works of art: description, analysis, and evaluation.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.