Lesson plans and classroom resources are available in English only.

The lessons and resources presented here include standards-based materials incorporating the museum’s Latino art collection as it relates to American history, civics, language, and visual arts. The lessons include videoconferences that we offer free of charge. To learn more or to schedule a video visit, email Colleen Brown at BrownCo[at]si.edu.


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Latino Art

Association of Hispanic Arts
The Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc. (AHA) is a New York-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino arts, artists, and arts organizations as an integral part of the cultural life of the nation. The website includes a directory of Latino Arts Organizations with a referral service for people in need of programming or guest artists. An archive of the Hispanic Arts News is available. Local events are listed for New York City, as well as information on featured artists elsewhere.
http://www.latinoarts.org/

Chicano Murals in Tucson
Created by the University of Arizona, this site provides historical information about Chicano murals in Tucson, Arizona, the first locus of the cultural mural movement. Links lead visitors to sites with information about other southern Arizona folk arts such as woodworking and paper cutting.
http://parentseyes.arizona.edu/folkarts/murals.html

El Museo del Barrio
Representing the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America, New York's leading Latino cultural institution offers a Web site with a wealth of information for local visitors. Included are listings of current and past exhibits, a description of the collection, and a schedule of events. As a community-oriented museum, it does not offer many online materials or images from its collection.
http://www.elmuseo.org/

Latina/o Art Community
This online community provides a directory of Latin American artists and cultural organizations and events postings from across the nation. Online exhibits, including Chicano Art for Our Millennium, are extensive and include recommendations for related books and educator references.
http://latinoartcommunity.org/community/EducationalRes/index.html

Latino Art Museum
This museum, located in Pomona, California, collects contemporary Latino art. The Web site provides information about local exhibits and educational events, as well as a gallery of artworks from the museum's Latino Art Biennale 2005.
http://www.lamoa.net/

Museo de las Américas
This bilingual site provides information on visiting the museum, located in Denver, Colorado. The collection highlights artwork by the Latino people of the Americas from ancient times to the present. Some information about the museum's collection is available with images.
http://www.museo.org/

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
NALAC's Web site provides information on upcoming events, including conferences. NALAC is located in San Antonio, Texas.
http://www.nalac.org/

National Hispanic Cultural Center
NHCC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, educates visitors about Hispanic culture throughout the world. Its programming and resources cover most art forms, as well as information on Hispanic history, culture, and cuisine. The Web site provides information about upcoming performances, exhibits, and other events; a description of history-related projects; archives of the newsletter ¡Qué Pasa!; and distance learning opportunities for the classroom.
http://www.nhccnm.org/

The Mexican Museum
The museum's bilingual site features information on its new permanent home in San Francisco's Yerba Buena arts district, including upcoming exhibit listings. An artwork search engine in addition to online exhibits are available with numerous digital images of the collection. Educators can download curricula resource guides.
http://www.mexicanmuseum.org/

The Social and Public Art Resource Center
SPARC, Los Angeles's official mural program, has a massive amount of information on its Web site, including a searchable archive of SPARC murals, discussion forums, project descriptions, event and workshop listings, and services and mural requests.
http://www.sparcmurals.org/sparcone/

Latino Studies Outreach

Cornell University Latin American Studies Program
Cornell's LASP offers a number of outreach programs for K–12 teachers including grants for curriculum development and resource kits for classroom use. Teachers can also borrow videos from its lending library and attend workshops on Latin American art or international studies.
http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/LatinAmerica/outreach/index.asp

Michigan State University Latin American School and Educational Resources
LASER is a bilingual educational site for middle and high school teachers and students. The site offers separate portals for teachers and students as well as a search engine that enables visitors to search for resources by country or type. The teacher portal includes in-depth background information on Latin American and Caribbean countries, lesson plans, and curriculum units. The student portal includes links to educational games and information about how to get student work published.
http://www.laser.msu.edu/

New Mexico State University Center for Latin American and Border Studies
CLABS is one of fourteen National Resource Centers for Latin America funded by the U.S. Department of Education. For schools in the Las Cruces area, it offers cultural events and educator workshops on teaching about Latin America and the border. Its major outreach program is the Web site Frontera NorteSur, which provides online news coverage of the U.S.–Mexico border.
http://www.nmsu.edu/~clas/

Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies
This Web site features information about CLAS's extensive list of outreach programs for both local and national educators. A number are designed for teachers in Ohio, but other programs reach out to the global teacher community. Most notable are: Mesoamerica for Teaching Math & Science, a short study-abroad program designed especially for K–12 educators; summer seminars abroad for Spanish teachers; and online modules for educators.
http://oia.osu.edu/clas/outreach.html

The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University
This consortium focuses on strengthening education in Latin American topics in the North Carolina schools. It offers professional development workshops, a lending library of Latin American materials, school visitation programs, artists-in-schools programs, and traveling art exhibits.
http://www.duke.edu/web/carolinadukeconsortium/K-16_community/pubschools.htm

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
DRCLAS offers numerous opportunities for educators in Cambridge including guest speakers for the classroom, art exhibits, and professional development workshops. Teachers are also invited to attend lectures and other campus events sponsored by DRCLAS. The center also offers an online version of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, as well as a video lending library.
http://drclas.fas.harvard.edu/index.pl/resources/outreach/k-12

University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies
Arizona's CLAS offers online curriculum units on eleven themes including Latin American film, murals, Frida Kahlo, and the Day of the Dead. Each theme has separate lessons geared toward both elementary and secondary school students.
http://las.arizona.edu/outreach/complete_curriculum_units/complete_curriculum_units.html

University of California, San Diego, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies
This Web site profiles the center's commitment to expanding awareness and knowledge of Latin America. Outreach is focused on developing or enhancing a curriculum for K-12 students that will increase awareness and knowledge of world cultures, specifically Latin American.
http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/las/outreach/index.html

University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
The outreach program draws on the resources available at the University of Florida to stimulate an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. This Web site points the visitor toward resources such as workshops, a lending library, and travel grants.
http://www.latam.ufl.edu/outreach/index.html

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The center publishes a quarterly resource guide for educators in addition to several curriculum development workbooks. Guides for K–12 educators are listed by issue and topic.
http://www.clacs.uiuc.edu/aboutoutreach.html

University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Resources
This Web site for educators in secondary schools contains lesson plans, photographs, and current events related to Latin American culture.
http://retanet.unm.edu/

University of Notre Dame Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
The site lists K–12 resources provided by the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, such as traveling trunks, video lending library, teacher opportunities, etc.
http://www.nd.edu/~kellogg/outreach/index.html

University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies
This site profiles the outreach program resources at the Center for Latin American Studies. Resources are divided into three groups for K–12 teachers, university professors, the professional community, and the general public.
http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/outreach.html

Educational Standards & Reference

Bibliography of Latino children's books
The site includes fiction and nonfiction, with additional resources for teachers and librarians.
http://latino.sscnet.ucla.edu/Latino_Bibliography.html

Encyclopedia Mythica's Aztec section
The site defines "Aztec mythology" and includes links to articles.
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/americas/aztec/

Latin American Network Information Center
The site has a broad range of links to Latino resources and databases.
http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/hispanic/

National Art Education Association (via ARTSEDGE)
The Web site offers the National Standards for Arts Education.
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teach/standards/

National Council of Social Studies
The site offers for sale The Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/strands/

National Council of Teachers of English
The International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English offer standards for English-language arts.
http://www.ncte.org/about/over/standards

Smithsonian Latin Center
SLC offers education, exhibitions, virtual gallery, and resources at the Smithsonian Institution.
http://latino.si.edu/

Who Cares for Art, Arizona State University
The Web site explores the work of Luis Jiméenez, and how he transformed a Mexican myth into an American treasure. Dedicated people gave it a home and continue to take care of it.
http://mati.eas.asu.edu/NAEA/

Individual Artists

Flores, Lauro, Alfredo Arreguín: Patterns of Dreams and Nature (Diseños, Sueños y Naturaleza). Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002. Bilingual monograph that examines Arreguín's juxtaposition of the fantastic and the natural.

Viso, Olga M. with essays by Guy Brett, Julia P. Herzberg, Ana Mendieta: Earth body: Sculpture and Performance, 1972-1985. Washington: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 2004. Major monograph reconsidering the life and career of Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta.

Dewalt, Teddy and Andrew Connors, Emanuel Martinez: A Retrospective : June 30-August 30, 1995. Denver: Museo de Las Américas, 1995. Exhibition catalogue and artist monograph including an essay on the pre-Columbian influence on Martinez's work.

Flores-Turney, Camille and Dave Hickey, Howl: The Artwork of Luis Jiménez. Santa Fe: New Mexico Magazine, 1997. Monograph on Jiménez's work that looks at his vehicles, themes, and social commentary.

Moroles, Jesús Bautista, Jesús Bautista Moroles. Houston: Robert McClain & Co. Fine Art, 1996. Definitive monograph that traces the development of Moroles's granite sculpture year by year.

Connors, Andrew L. and Jacinto Quirarte, Luis Tapia: Ay, Que Vida! Santa Fe: Owings-Dewey Fine Art, 2003. Catalogue of Tapia's work with essays examining Tapia's irreverence and the challenge he poses to conformity and contemporary society.

Jiménez, Luis, Rudolfo Anaya, Shifra Goldman, Lucy Lippard, and John Yau, Man on Fire (El Hombre en Llamas). Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum, 1994. Bilingual monograph featuring extensive artist quotes and essays on many aspects of Jiménez's work.

Romo, Tere, Patssi Valdez: A Precarious Comfort (Una Comodidad Precaria). San Francisco: The Mexican Museum, 1999. Exhibition catalogue that examines the relationship between spirituality and tension in Valdez's work, as well as her participation in the performance art group ASCO.

Osorio, Pepón, Pepón Osorio: De Puerta en Puerta (Pepón Osorio: Door to Door). San Juan: EAP Press, 2000. Bilingual exhibition catalogue on four major Osorio installations exhibited together in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Lomas Garza, Carmen, A Piece of My Heart (Pedacito De Mi Corazon): The Art of Carmen Lomas Garza. New York: New Press, 1994. Catalogue of thirty seven of Lomas Garza's artworks, representing twenty years of her career.

Latino Art and Culture

Congdon, Kristin G. and Kara Kelley Hallmark, Artists from Latin American Cultures: A Biographical Dictionary. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002. Reference work profiling seventy-five Latino artists from many genres.

Heyck, Denis Lynn Daly, Barrios and Borderlands: Cultures of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. New York: Routledge, 1994. Anthology highlighting a broad range of genres, disciplines, and ethnicities within six central themes in Latin American culture: family, religion, community, the arts, immigration and exile, and cultural identity.

Griswold del Castillo, Richard, Teresa McKenna, and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985 (CARA). Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991. Catalogue that accompanied the groundbreaking exhibit of Chicano art, with commentary from leaders in the community.

Gaspar de Alba, Alicia, Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998. Study of the impact of the Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985 (CARA) exhibition on the Chicano community and the nation as a whole.

Tatum, Charles M., Chicano Popular Culture: Que Hable el Pueblo. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001. Book that explores the relationship between Chicano traditions, heritage, and arts.

Lucero, Helen R. and Suzanne Baizerman, Chimayó Weaving: The Transformation of a Tradition. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999. Award-winning study examining the weaving tradition of the Río Grande from 1870 to the present.

Padilla, Carmella with essays by Stuart A. Ashman and Donna Pierce, Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art. Santa Fe: Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 2002. Catalogue of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society collection, now housed in Santa Fe's Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts.

Kalb, Laurie Beth, Crafting Devotions: Tradition in Contemporary New Mexico Santos. Santa Fe: University of New Mexico, 1994. Study of the use of traditional forms and symbols in contemporary Hispanic Catholic religious images, or santos, including the work of Luis Tapia.

Kanellos, Nicolás and Claudio Esteva-Fabregat, Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1993. Extensive general reference work focusing on four areas of early Latino culture: history, anthropology, literature and art, and sociology.

Beardsley, John and Jane Livingston, with an essay by Octavio Paz, Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1987. A view into Hispanic art as a movement that explores the diversity of artists' styles—including the styles of Lomas Garza, Jiménez, Moroles, and Tapia—and the common themes that bind them.

Connors, Andrew, La Luz: Contemporary Latino Art in the United States. Albuquerque: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 2000. Exhibition catalogue including the work of fifty Latino artists with diverse styles and voices.

Quirarte, Jacinto and Luis R. Cancel, The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920-1970. New York: H. N. Abrams in association with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1988. Anthology that situates Latino artists within the modernist tradition with essays on all aspects of the movement.

Cockcroft, James D., Latino Visions: Contemporary Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American Artists. New York: Franklin Watts, 2000. Exploration of the social, political, and cultural events and traditions that have shaped Latino artists and their works.

Quirarte, Jacinto. Mexican American Artists. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973. An early look at origins of the Chicano art movement that began in the first half of the twentieth century.

Awalt, Barbe and Paul Rhetts, Nuestros Santos Entre Nosotros (Our Saints among Us): 400 Years of New Mexican Devotional Art. Albuquerque: LPD Press, 1998. Catalogue and reference material that accompanied an exhibition commemorating the four hundredth anniversary of Spanish influence in the Southwest.

Yanez, Rene, Carmen Lomas Garza, Armando Cid, and Amalia Mesa-Bains, Ofrendas. Sacramento: Galeria Posada, 1984. Collection that explores the use and interpretation of the altar, a common reference in Latino art.

Steele, Thomas J., Santos and Saints: The Religious Folk Art of Hispanic New Mexico. Santa Fe: Ancient City Press, 1994. Reprint of Father Steele's 1974 definitive analysis of religion in the art of New Mexico.

Gavin, Robin Farwell, Traditional Arts of Spanish New Mexico: The Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1994. Catalogue of the largest collection of Spanish Colonial Art from New Mexico, both religious and secular, in the world.

Young Readers

Cedeño, Maria E., César Chávez: Labor Leader. Brookfield, Conn.: Hispanic Heritage, The Millbrook Press, 1993. Biography of the Mexican American labor leader for grades 3–4.

Garver, Susan and Paula McGuire, Coming to North America: From Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. New York: Delacorte Press, 1981. Anthology of personal narratives, histories, and photographs that tell the stories of people who have immigrated to the United States.

Carlson, Lori M. and Oscar Hijuelos, Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1994. Collection of thirty-seven poems by contemporary writers.

Sinnott, Susan, Extraordinary Hispanic Americans. Chicago: Children's Press, 1991. Profiles of Latinos and Latinas who have made a difference in the history and culture of the United States for grades 6–8.

Lomas Garza, Carmen, Family Pictures (Cuadros de Familia). San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 2005. Bilingual book appropriate for ages 6–12 that relates Lomas Garza's memories of her childhood through her art.

Sullivan, Charles, Here is My Kingdom: Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1994. Anthology for young adults of works by more than a hundred Latino artists and leaders, including many visual artists.

Cisneros, Sandra, The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books, 1989. Collection of poems and stories appropriate for high school students about the experiences of a young girl from the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.

Rohmer, Harriet, Mary Anchondo (adaptation), and Graciela Carrillo (illustrations), How we Came to the Fifth World (Cómo Vinimos al Quinto Mundo). San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 1988. Bilingual recounting of an Aztec origin myth for grades 2–3.

Catharine de Ruiz, Dana and Richard Larios. La Causa: The Migrant Farmworkers' Story. Austin: Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1993. Volume of the Stories of America series that tells the story of the United Farm Workers for grades 3–5.

Lomas Garza, Carmen, Magic Windows/Ventanas Mágicas. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 2003. Another of Lomas Garza's many books for children that tell stories of her childhood and culture through art—in this case through her cut-paper (papel picado) pictures.

Aliotta Jerome J., The Puerto Ricans. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1991. Volume of the Peoples of North America series with an introduction by Daniel Patrick Moynihan.