The original ¡del Corazón! website, launched in 1996, featured Latino artists and art from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Although the featured artists and their artwork remain interesting and relevant today, the look and feel of that website became dated over time.
The original ¡del Corazón! also documented an educational project the museum conducted in collaboration with educators in Texas and Nebraska and presented actual classroom lessons integrating featured artworks. Subsequently, k-12 education has moved to a standards-based approach.
¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art remains committed to providing primary source materials featuring Latino artists and art from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Unlike the original ¡del Corazón! website, this site is largely bilingual and, rather than attempt a duplication of the original collaboration, this website’s focus is on providing standards-based curricula and supporting resources.
While lesson plans are provided for six of the featured artworks, ¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art is not a teacher guide. Research has shown that learning best occurs in those classrooms with an effective culture for learning that includes local values, educational goals, expectations of high performance, as well as respect for and support of the educator. In this context, consistent with the customs of your community, educators are encouraged to adapt ¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art for their own use.