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Curation...The Latest (and Equally Important!) C for Education

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Language Arts And English +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This collection is a curated collection of images that can be used with a lesson plan on curation. Each of the images has some possible connection to a social justice theme and the question asked by the creator of the collection is, "How might we approach conversations about curation and social justice?" Each of these images adds a unique and interesting dimension to a conversation about curation, the people whose stories are selected for view, and how those stories are empowered and/or disempowered by the stories that they are surrounded by. How do we make decisions about these topics? What do we do when we are asked to include in a curated collection pieces that change the story we might want to tell? How do we deal with the multi-faceted stories and sometimes contradictory stories of the people we select for our collections? 

It is important to ask these questions and have dialogues with students about how we come to our conclusions, make our decisions, and wrestle with these concepts. In a world of tweets and ever expanding stories/information it is important sometimes to talk about how we work with the realities of physical spaces where there isn't always enough wall real estate to highlight everyone all of the time. In those situations, how decisions are made, who is brought to the forefront (and who is not), and how our own beliefs/biases/views of the world play into those decisions all matter. 

How might you curate this collection in many ways? Who is still missing and why does it matter that we ask the questions at all? 

While this is intended to be a companion collection to a lesson on curation, the questions above may stand on their own. This collection is intended to be the beginning of a conversation, and not a stand alone collection; however, the lesson is also available in the collection as a downloadable PDF. 

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Leonard Crow Dog

National Portrait Gallery

The Return to Aztlan

National Portrait Gallery

Sojourner Truth

National Portrait Gallery

Sonia Sotomayor

National Portrait Gallery

James Baldwin

National Portrait Gallery

President Barack Obama

National Portrait Gallery

Ben John Chen

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Ying Lin

National Portrait Gallery

Mother Teresa

National Portrait Gallery

Clarence Thomas

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

Alexander Hamilton

National Portrait Gallery

Alexander Hamilton

National Portrait Gallery

Alexander Hamilton

National Portrait Gallery

Rosalyn Yalow

National Portrait Gallery

Zitkala-sa

National Portrait Gallery

Lucy Stone

National Portrait Gallery

Henrietta Lacks (HeLa): The Mother of Modern Medicine

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lin-Manuel Miranda

National Portrait Gallery

Andy García

National Portrait Gallery

Leon Gorman

National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman

National Portrait Gallery

Patricia Mernone

National Portrait Gallery

Philip Glass

National Portrait Gallery

Michael Tilson Thomas

National Portrait Gallery

Anna Wintour, New York City, 2015

National Portrait Gallery

Frances Arnold

National Portrait Gallery

Marvin Miller

National Portrait Gallery

Ruben Salazar

National Portrait Gallery

William Patrick Foster

National Portrait Gallery

Twelve Years a Slave

National Portrait Gallery

Audrey Hepburn

National Portrait Gallery

Earth, Wind & Fire

National Portrait Gallery

Indra Nooyi

National Portrait Gallery

Jorge Soto Sanchez

National Portrait Gallery

Untitled, Jeffrey P. Bezos

National Portrait Gallery

Ernest Everett Just

National Portrait Gallery

Morgan Freeman

National Portrait Gallery