The Power of Art:
Express Yourself

Grades 9 – 12

Civics, Civic Engagement, Art
National Liberty Museum

Can expressing yourself through art inspire positive action? We think so, and we want you to collaborate on a piece of artwork that proves it!

The Power of Art: Express Yourself

About the Course:
Based on our newest exhibition, Graphic Content, which highlights the intersection of art, censorship, and the power of self-expression, this interactive two-day workshop for ages 14-18 promises to be fun, creative, and full of discovery. You’ll learn about your First Amendments rights, including freedom of expression, and how those rights can be used for promoting meaningful change. You’ll also discover what the boundaries are to those rights. Finally, you’ll take everything you’ve learned and collaborate on a temporary mural, focused on a current aspect of liberty, that will hang inside the Museum to inspire visitors.

This workshop will be held at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Participants must wear masks and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. Limit 10 participants, so sign up today!

Expected Outcomes:
Participants will: 

  • Be able to identify their First Amendment Rights and understand how to use them to take positive action.
  • Explore Freedom of Expression and understand the difference between rights and responsibilities.
  • Define and recognize censorship in a variety of forms.
  • Be introduced to actionable strategies and tactics for making a positive difference in their communities.
  • Express themselves through a collective art piece that explores the issues that are important to them.

Additional Information:
This workshop aligns with PA/Common Core standards for social studies. The National Liberty Museum will protect the privacy of all participants; all media produced will remain the property of the producer unless otherwise agreed. All participants will receive a free Family Pass (two adults and three children) good for one visit to the Museum.

Subject Matter:
Civics, Civic Engagement, Art

Targeted Age Group(s):
High School (Grades 9-12)

Class Size:
15 Students

National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street

Date / Time Offered:
Thursday & Friday
August 19 & 20, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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About the National Liberty Museum:
Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum illuminates the strength and fragility of liberty and presents the stories of people whose positive actions inspire us to protect and advance liberty for all. The National Liberty Museum envisions a world where all people understand and embrace the contemporary meaning and significance of liberty, and are empowered to take transformative action to ensure liberty for themselves and others.

About the Educator: Alexis Jennings
Alexis Jennings is a Museum Educator at the National Liberty Museum, and she loves museums! Prior to joining the NLM, Alexis held positions at the Chester County History Center, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. As a museum professional, Alexis strives for museums to serve their communities and use their content to teach visitors how to make meaningful change in their lives and their communities. Alexis holds a master’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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