Pre- and Post-Encounter Arts of the Early Americas

June 22 – 29, 2009

The 2009 Program

European encounters with the early Americas resulted in an exchange of art forms, ideas, and systems of knowledge. The 2009 program will provide insight into indigenous cultures and will explore the vital role of the arts in shaping and interpreting this turbulent moment in early American history.  The pivotal changes caused by the meeting of Native American and European worlds led to the creation of highly original and evocative works of art.

Participants will visit the Library of Congress exhibition, Exploring the Early Americas, which features artifacts, maps, documents, prints, and paintings from indigenous cultures and from European explorers and settlers during the time of the conquest.  Teachers will have the opportunity to view rare and unique works of art in collections throughout the DC metropolitan area.

What sorts of artistic production resulted from the encounters between Native Americans and European settlers and explorers? How do indigenous cultures absorb the influence of expansionist cultures? What is meant by cross-cultural encounters? Why do they provide such energy to cultural and artistic production?

Teachers will increase their knowledge of arts integration as they create lesson plans that connect the arts to other core subjects such as science, literature, and social studies.

Institute Activities [Click here for a schedule]

Lecture/Discussion Sessions
Religious Diversity, the Jesuits, and Bartolomé de Las Casas
Cartography as Cultural Artifact
Representations of La Malinche

Workshops and Performance Classes

Caribbean Music and Movement
Drama of the Conquest
Latin American Art

Field Trips to Washington, DC:

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Pre-Columbian Collection

Library of Congress Exhibition  
Exploring the Early Americas

Textile Museum
Special Presentation of Early American Textiles

Follow-up Sessions

November 14, 2009
May 1, 2010

at the University of Maryland, College Park
(attendance required)

*There is no longer a residency requirement for the institute.


Teachers from different disciplines within one school are encouraged to apply in teams of two to four.  Individual applicants will be placed in teams.

Click here to download the application form.

You may also contact the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies
email: crbs@umd.edu
phone: 301-405-6830
fax: 301-405-0956

For best consideration, apply by:
April 1, 2009

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and the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies

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