ART21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, ART21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.


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Artist Resources

In an age where digital media takes the front seat, it can be a challenge to engage students in contemporary art studies. However, Art21 uses digital media to their advantage as a tool to help teachers provide their students with an enriching art education. Through their online guide books, Art21 offers ideas and resources to create lesson plans that will promote curiosity and discussion including: Educators’ Guides: These nine guides include questions and hands-on activities based on themes like change, identity and power. Teachers can use these after showing their students an Art21 film to foster critical and creative thinking; Screening Guides: These eight guides were created to help teachers plan Art21 screening events. Each guide includes summaries of available films, artist biographies, group activities and more; and Activities: Here is a full list of activities group by Art21 artist. Teachers can learn about each artist, browse themes, pick discussion questions and get ideas for hands-on projects.

Tools For Teaching

Arts Educators

For teachers interested in receiving specialized training in contemporary art education, Art21 offers a professional development program called Art21 Educators. This year long intensive teaches K-12 educators how to incorporate art into daily learning. Participants will learn how to design an arts-focused curriculum, discuss films, visit museums and attend lectures by distinguished artists. While the summer portion takes place in New York City, the program continues through the school year via video conferences and online forums. Participants can connect with their fellow educators year-round to share ideas and ask for advice.

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Art News at Your Fingertips

For even more tips about teaching contemporary art, check out the Art21 Magazine. Issues are free and released on a bi-monthly basis only online. Each new issue focuses on a different theme, but readers can expect to see standard columns every month about up and coming artists, art and the written word, art law, exhibit reviews and more. The material for the magazine is created by a select group of contributors, but Art21 does accept pitches from guest writers. They also offer a writer-in-residence program for those seriously interested in developing a new body of work.

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