The DuSable Museum of African American History

Educational Programs

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Docent Training Program


Educator Open House


2013-2014 Educator Guide

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When Good Broccoli Goes Bad for School Groups

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All programs except for “When Good Broccoli Goes Bad” are designed for K-12 and can accommodate a total of 450. All programs begin at 10:30AM. Please note that all performances are 45-60 minutes and cost $7:00 per person. BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE NOW! CONTACT STAFF MEMBER ERICA GRIFFIN TODAY!

For more information please call 773.947.0600 ext 290, or visit TODAY!

The DuSable. Celebrating more than 50 Years!

Mission Statement

The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the Collection, Documentation, Preservation, Study and Dissemination of the History and Culture of Africans and Americans of African Descent.The DuSable carries out its mission through exhibitions, archives and a diverse array of educational and public programs designed to interpret and illuminate the Lives and Experiences of people of the African Diaspora for audiences of all ages. Making History Come Alive Through the Arts

Our new initiative for in school and afterschool programs includes:

  • Matinees at DuSable’s Illinois Black Legislators Auditorium
  • Touring Performances for assembly format programs in your school
  • Workshops for: teachers, students, parents and administrators
  • Artist-in-Residence Programs for the classroom
  • Special Teacher Training Seminars

All of our programs are offered to encourage experiential learning as well as creative and imaginative workshops and performance in the visual and performing arts. It is our intent to encourage your student’s imagination and their creativity as they learn history and culture. We want to help you meet the state mandates to teach African American History and what better way to do it than through the ARTS.

As you review this information, please keep in mind we are here to assist you. We encourage you to call us for any program that is of interest to you. In addition, we can tailor a program for you that will meet your needs

Please join us in the celebration of our 50th anniversary by inviting us into your school and/or bringing your students to The DuSable.

Give us a call and we will come to your school to help you plan a program. Please call Sheila Cotton, Manager of Making History Come Alive through the Arts at 773-420-2742 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Program Includes:

MATINEE PERFORMANCES – that are filled with excitement and entertainment. At the same time our performances are filled with historic information that will augment your history and social science studies. Come and see our fabulous dance, theater and storytelling performances – you will be amazed at how much you and your students will learn. Individual tickets are $7 per student and we admit one teacher chaperone for every 10 students. Each performance is 60 minutes long.

TOURING PERFORMANCES – that are available to come to your schools for an assembly throughout the year. We have a stellar array of performers who will teach and entertain on your stage or in your gymnasium. DuSable’s artists are professionals that are dedicated to the principle of teaching African and African American History to ensure our story is told and learned in the context of international and domestic history, social studies and humanities.
Touring performances range in price from $550 to $1,000. Each performance is 45 minutes to an hour long.

WORKSHOPS – for teachers, parents, students and administrators and community organizations (YMCA, YWCA, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, ETC.) are planned for your school with the principal, vice principal or program coordinators. The workshops can be scheduled for one to three sessions in any discipline, visual arts, dance, theater or storytelling. Most student workshops are offered for 3 classrooms back to back in one day. Teacher and Parent workshops will be offered either in your school or at the DuSable throughout the year. Each workshop session can be arranged from 45 to 90 minutes.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND FULL DAY SEMINARS – our professional development workshops and full day seminars are available throughout the year. Themes include but are not limited to: migration, art and literacy, Bronzeville and special seminars for our changing exhibits and ecology in the Black Diaspora.