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Subject: Theatre


This is an assortment of photographs related to stage performances in theaters,  acting, plays, and musical theater, and revues from the Photographic History Collection. The date range for these photographs is mostly, but not exclusively, 1910s-1950s.

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Keywords: theater, theatre, stage, play, plays, actor, actress, orchestra, set design, musicals, musical revues, costume design, lighting design, performance, spoken word, Broadway, Jewish theatre, John F. Kennedy Center

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Portraying Global Citizenship

Students will analyze portraiture as it relates to global citizenship. Students will identify specific situations where human or cultural factors are involved in global conflict and identify different viewpoints in the struggle and will recognize the cultural contributions of various ethnic groups in the United States to the world.

This learning lab module addresses the following questions through portrait conversations:

  • What is the role of the US in the world?
  • What does it mean to be a global citizen?
  • What are some ways that historical figures participated as an active member of the global community?
  • What choices did historical figures make that positively impacted you, others, or the environment?
  • What choices did historical figures make that negatively impacted you, others, or the environment? 
  • Is the United States a melting pot or a salad bowl?


Nicole Vance

MAKE IT: Coffee Filter Sculpture

In this HIRSHHORN KIDS at home project, you will transform a flat coffee filter into a sculptural work of art inspired by artist Sam Gilliam. All you need is a coffee filter, some markers, and a spray bottle or cup of water. 

time: 30–40 minutes | skill level: beginner | topic: 2D to 3D transformation 

About HIRSHHORN KIDS at home

Want to be creative at home? Bring the joy of HIRSHHORN KIDS into your home with unique hands-on projects inspired by the artists in our collection. Projects are designed to keep kids of all ages engaged and interested in exploring art and making. New projects are released every week at [add landing page] and here on the Learning Lab.




Smithsonian Social Studies Online: What is the role of the U.S. in the world? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea: ¿Cuál es la responsabilidad de los Estados Unidos de América en el mundo?

What is the role of the United States in the world?  ¿Cuál es la responsabilidad de los Estados Unidos de América en el mundo? 

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History

Cultural Expressions: Spoken Connections and Poetry

This collection features the Spoken Connections Workshop along with four Smithsonian Latino Center programs celebrating Latino poetry and spoken word. This collection is for middle school and high school students, along with life-long learners, with an interest exploring world cultures, language arts, and creative writing.

This workshop PDF includes poetry from Puerto Rican and African American poets, including Martin Espada. The collection includes activities on defining culture and brainstorming your cultural home. Through these activities, learners will develop further understanding on culture characteristics, values, and how culture influences our everyday lives. Skills developed through this collection include interpersonal and intrapersonal conversations, learning how to use graphic organizers, and developing creative writing skills using vehicles such as free response and poetry. 

This collection also features Smithsonian Latino Center Poetry Programs to complement the activity itself through visual performance. Caridad De La Luz aka La Bruja (New York City) and Francisco X. Alarcón (Los Angeles/Davis) honor memory and ancestors during Day of the Dead, Quique Avilés (Washington, DC), Leticia Hernández-Linares (Los Angeles/San Francisco), Raquel Gutiérrez (Los Angeles/Bay Area), and José B. González (Connecticut) perform at a special enceuntro or encounter of Salvadoran poets. A memorable event of music and spoken word curated by Luis Alberto Ambroggio featured performances by local poets Alberto Avendaño, Quique Avilés, Naomi Ayala, José Ballesteros, Consuelo Hernández, Samuel Miranda, Egla Morales, and Carlos Parada, with music by singer/songwriter Patricio Zamorano and his band. 

Smithsonian Latino Center

Religious Persecution

This is a collection of the historical events relating to the persecution of various religions

Nathan Assefa

Area Artists: Washington, D.C.

This Learning Lab from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will explore three different visual artists with ties to Washington, D.C.

As a black women artists, Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, and Loïs Mailou Jones encountered many barriers to success. All three artists lived and worked in Washington, D.C. throughout their careers. They contributed to the social, artistic, and academic communities within the nation's capital and beyond. 

Visitors to this Learning Lab collection will have the opportunity  to learn more about Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, and Loïs Mailou Jones, and their approaches to art and art making. The questions, prompts, and information provided in this Learning Lab will help students develop their knowledge of Washington D.C. history and foster an appreciation for great artists. 

The guiding questions of this Learning Lab are

  • Who are Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, and Loïs Mailou Jones?
  • How were these artists' personal lives and artistic practices shaped by their time in Washington, D.C.?
  • What inspired each artist to create their works?
  • How are the artists' works similar? How are they different?

If you are new to Learning Lab, visit to learn how to get started!

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Caretakers: Music Match Activity

Work with your student to match artwork to music as a way to think about the various ways in which emotions are expressed in art.

Elizabeth Dale-Deines

Caretakers: Describe & Draw Activity

A fun game for students to practice their listening and speaking/descriptive skills! 

Elizabeth Dale-Deines

Caretakers: Bringing Art to Life Activity

Encourage your student to get creative with what's around the home and recreate an artwork!

Elizabeth Dale-Deines

Brandon's Class Assignment #MCTEACH

Work to observe and explore. 

Brandon Wallace

Sea Lions

Sea Lion information and activity sheets to augment lesson plans for elementary and middle school children. The collection also includes a printable brochure about sea lions and conservation.


Design It Yourself: Design a Poster

Follow along to use elements such as color, line, and composition to design a poster. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Subject: Marilyn Monroe


This an assortment of photograph of Marilyn Monroe that are in the Photographic History Collection.

Photographers include, Richard Avedon, Andre DeDienes, Milton H. Greene and Douglas Kirkland.

Images may be copyrighted.

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Keywords: celebrity photography, fashion photography, Arthur Miller, fine art photography, digital photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection


jen stebbing

Photographer: Blossfeldt, Karl


This is a collection of works by Karl Blossfeldt from the Photographic History Collection.

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Keywords: art of nature, plant photography, biology, botany, trees, plants, flowers, succulents, photo mechanical, rotogravure

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Photographer: Colo, Papo


This is a collection of work by Puerto Rican performance artist Papo Calo from the Photographic History Collection. The photographs form the portfolio Photogenics that include images from the series Photo Poems, 1979 and Acting as Behavior, 1982.

Copyright Papo Calo.

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Keywords: performance art, alternative photography, photography projects, photography related to performance art, expression, photography and text, photography and language, Latino photographer

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Photographer: Beals, Jessie Tarbox


This is a collection of photographs by Jesse Tarbox Beals.

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Keywords: photojournalism, photojournalist, women photographers, domestic exterior, domestic interior, portraits, fireplace, bedroom, living room, dining room, sitting room, African American man, hired help, women, paintings, domestic furnishings, painted portraits

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Movie and Film Stars


This is an assortment of photographs of headshots, stills, and film promotion photographs.  Photographers include Clarence Bull, Herbert Mitchell, and Nickolas Muray.  The primary date range is from the 1920s to the 1950s, although there are eight photographs of Mary Pickford from the 1910s.

Studios represented include, RKO, MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia Pictures and Culver Pictures.

Additional Learning Lab collections with PHC objects include Movie Making with photographs related to film and movie production and Theatre for photographs related to stage performances. 

Keyword: actor, actress, film star, celebrity, headshot, movie still, motion picture production, autograph, famous people, culture makers, movie studio production, movies, films, motion pictures, cinema, movie history, film history, cinema history

NMAH Photographic History Collection


jen stebbing


jen stebbing


jen stebbing


jen stebbing
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