Runaway Art: Interpreting Colonial Slave Ads

Violet and Her ChildrenRUNAWAY ART: Interpreting Colonial Slave Ads, an innovative social studies and visual arts curriculum, uses authentic 18th-century runaway slave ads as a springboard for students to learn the history of enslavement in the North. Bring history to life through empathy and creativity! Originally designed for 7th grade classrooms, we are now excited to now offer the program to high schools.

Click here for a video of a 7th Grade class at MS 217Q discussing their experience in the Runaway Art program.
How Runaway Art works:

  • The curriculum hits key targets of the Common Core and seamlessly aligns with the Colonial American History seventh grade scope and sequence.
  • Participating social studies and arts teachers attend a day-long, paid professional development session in September 2016, where they receive the tools and training needed to implement the program.
  • During the 2016-2017 school year, social studies teachers – with the support of a visiting teaching artist and/or the in-school art department – lead their classrooms in a rich mix of careful analysis of, and written, verbal and artistic responses to, primary historic documents.

Program Components:

  • A modular social studies curriculum aligned to the Common Core and the 7th grade social studies scope and sequence.
  • Professional development with program staff.
  • A planning session with a Center for Arts Education teaching artist to tailor the Runaway Art curriculum to your classes.
  • Up to five sessions with a teaching artist.

Each student produces an original piece of artwork and essay in response to this challenging local history.

To apply, please fill out the application.

Please e-mail Maia Collier, Programs Manager with questions and for additional information.

RUNAWAY ART is a program of Historic Hudson Valley in collaboration with The Center for Arts Education, with funding from the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education in The New York Community Trust. Find our more about the program on Historic Hudson Valley's program page.

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