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Art as teacher-Metropolitan Museum's exhibit: The Harlem Renaissance

Updated: Apr 14

The Block, by Romare Beardon, is just one of a myriad of works portraying Harlem in the current Metropolitan Museum's exhibit, The Harlem Renaissance. There are film clips with Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker, and other great black performers and glorious paintings and sculptures by Henri Matisse, Charles Alston, Winold Reiss, James Van Der Zee, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and so many others depicting this vibrant era. Using the powerful vehicle of art and film, the exhibit explores how Blacks permeated and integrated themselves into day-to-day life in the 1920s-40s as so many Blacks were leaving the South.

Or how about the new play by Alicia Keys, Hell's Kitchen, which explores the deep mother-daughter relationship, in this case, a single mother raising her daughter in NYC in a small apartment, a story that is less often told than those about the father-son relationship.

Such an amazing way for kids to learn about history through paintings, music, dance, theatre and literature.

Find a school that celebrates history and literature in all ways to portray the pulse of the time and bring it alive to your children. Learning should be joyous!

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