Illustrated image of a film strip. In each of the three frames of the film strip are three different photos, one of a mural on the side of a building, one of the interior of a museum gallery filled with art, and the third with an image from a protest.

Art and Social Consciousness

I think that art is the ability to show and tell what it means to be alive. It can powerfully visualize, textualize and/or musicalize your experience of the world, and there are a million ways to do it.

– Barbara Kruger, artist

Art and Social Consciousness is a fresh perspective on interpreting artwork in a way that connects art, kids, and the issues that matter to them. This Web Quest explores social issues using artworks from the Denver Art Museum collection as a catalyst for discussion. We can view art through many different lenses in order to learn more about our world and ourselves.

Use these activities and videos at home, online, or in the classroom to spark curiosity, conversation, and critical thinking.

Each lens has:

  • A scavenger hunt activity
  • A lesson plan inspired by an artwork that includes two videos, a facilitator’s guide, and supportive materials for kids of all ages to dive into specific topics connected to the thematic lenses

The DAM established Creativity Resource thanks to a generous grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation. Featured activities are supported by funding from the Tuchman Family Foundation, The Freeman Foundation, The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation – Colorado Fund, Colorado Creative Industries, Margulf Foundation, Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Lorraine and Harley Higbie, an anonymous donor, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Special thanks to our colleagues at the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. The Free for Kids program at the Denver Art Museum is made possible by Scott Reiman with support from Bellco Credit Union.