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Member For A Day

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March 19, 2016 -

Jump into spring with a day of art around town! Choose among your favorites from the following Bay Area institutions offering FAMSF Members free general admission on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Asian Art Museum
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
SF Camerawork
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Walt Disney Family Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Site in Sight: How Location Shapes Perspectives (9th–12th Grades)

Art has the power to illuminate, inform, and enrich one’s perspective, leading the viewer to analyze, question, and hypothesize. Each person’s point of view is highly subjective and individual. The way a particular artist views an event or an issue is strongly influenced by personal background, lived experiences, place of origin, and choice of medium. The fifteen pieces included in this curriculum entitled “Site in Sight,” are connected by the individual voice of each artist examining his or her unique perspective of a concept, place, time, or idea.


19th Century US History (8th Grade)

The objects presented in this curriculum guide will help students trace the vast economic, social and political changes that swept over the nation during the nineteenth century. Students will study the growth of transportation such as the Delaware & Hudson Canal and the Midwestern steamboats, which traveled along the Missouri River. Students will also learn about the diverse challenges overcome by African Americans both before and during the Civil War.


Art of Africa and/or Mesoamerica (7th Grade)

Africa is a vast continent made up of more than fifty countries with many different climates and types of land: hot savannas, deserts, green rain forests, large river valleys and snow-covered mountains. The Niger, the Nile, and the Congo are Africa’s three major rivers. Africa is inhabited by a greater variety of ethnic groups (or peoples) than any other continent. These groups speak hundreds of languages, practice diverse religions and customs, and—of course—create a wide variety of art.

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Colonial History (5th Grade)

The works of art presented in this guide offer students an introduction to American history as represented by the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Each object is treated as a primary source; we encourage students to use their critical thinking skills to interpret the clues imbedded in each of the objects. Students will have the opportunity to “explore” the development of colonial government in New Spain, the changing communities of Boston, as well as learn about the political tensions that ultimately lead to the American Revolution.


California History (4th Grade)

To discuss California history is to explore the multiple layers of cultural heritage that comprise the fascinating story of our state. Focusing on the mid–to–late nineteenth century, the ten objects presented in this guide address the growth of Euro–American settlements in the California region, technological advancements such as the Transcontinental Railroad, and the great wealth produced by western mining operations.

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