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Past Event

Exploring Asian Art: Storytelling, Identity, and Spirituality

Jun 24 – 26 2022

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Alvord Board Room

10:30 AM – 3 PM


Asia is the world’s largest and most densely populated continent, but there is not a single, fixed Asia: its boundaries shift, its people and cultures are diverse, and its histories are complex.

This workshop will be held at the renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum where educators will find themed galleries that intersperse works from different regions, as well as from ancient to contemporary times. While the South Galleries feature art in spiritual life and the North Galleries showcase art in material life, there are crossovers throughout as a testimony of often layered meanings in works of art. In the special exhibition galleries, Embodied Change: South Asian Art Across Time contains artworks that explore the human body and its connection to social, political, and normative fictions.

This three-day intensive workshop will connect the themes of various galleries to curriculum across subjects, including social studies, visual art, world history, language arts, asian studies, and art history. It is aimed primarily at teachers of high school and/or teachers of lower grade levels who regularly use and incorporate art, art history, ancient history, religion, and/or languages and literature into their classroom teaching. Participants will have a chance to engage with resources firsthand, then explore what can be brought back to the classroom.

This workshop is free for K–12 educators. It includes resources and Washington State clock hours. Classroom educators, paraeducators, subject area coaches, and administrators are welcome to attend. RSVPs to this event are greatly appreciated.

Support for K-12 programs at the Seattle Asian Art Museum is provided by The Freeman Foundation.

Support for K-12 programs during the 2021-2022 school year is provided by the BNSF Railway Foundation, Foster Foundation, and Freeman Foundation. Partial, sustained support for SAM’s K-12 programs is provided by an endowment established in 1999 by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant and the generous contributions of matching donors, including the Ann P. Wyckoff Education Endowment. The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the Seattle Art Museum has supported SAM K–12 programs since 1994.

Photo: Robert Wade

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