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Art Works for Change


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos, 9 minutes, 54 seconds
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 38 seconds
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 17 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, South and Central America

De Muchos Uno / E Pluribus Unum

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  • This virtual contemporary art exhibition explores the work of eight Latino artists and their artwork that highlights social and environmental issues.
  • Through their artwork, the artists provide unique perspectives on inclusion, belonging, respect for others, and respect for the natural world.
Teaching Tips


  • This exhibit is a great way to introduce students to how social and environmental issues can be communicated through art.
  • The exhibit includes various art forms, including paintings, photography, and performance art.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This resource touches on sensitive topics like violence against women and migration.
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  • As a follow-up activity, in groups, students can discuss how they believe the artwork communicates the ideas presented by the artists.
  • This resource can also be used in civics classes during lessons about social movements and communicating ideas.
  • The exhibit touches on topics like environmental stewardship, indigenous knowledge, and human migration that the teacher can expand upon in class.
Scientist Notes
This artworks inspires students to be social and environmental stewards in their community. It sends a strong message and offers fresh perspective for inclusion and advancement of environmental and social justice movements in vulnerable communities. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.1.Ia Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
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