Alma Thomas: Teacher, Artist, Trailblazer (Part 1)

  • On Wednesday, June 29, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) hosted the first of two free webinars for educators celebrating the creative brilliance of renowned painter Alma Thomas, who was born in the heart of the Jim Crow south and came of age in Washington DC, where she witnessed the social change of the 1960s and was inspired by the Space Age. Join Jonathan F. Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, to learn about Thomas' remarkable life as a teacher and artist. Cynthia Hodge-Thorne, curatorial fellow at the Baltimore Museum of Art, leads a discussion on the artist’s fascination with the scientific advancements of her day. The program concludes with a Q&A and a preview of new teacher-tested lesson plans.