Virtual Student Workshops

Three elementary students gathered around a tablet screen in the museum, learning digitally
Students learning digitally in the Museum’s Future City Lab

The Young Lords and Health Activism (Grades 4–12) 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, May 11, 12, and 14  (scroll down to the bottom of this page for session start times and to register) 

Looking for a free virtual museum experience for your students this spring? 

Sign your class up for this interactive student workshop to discover the creative and eye-catching direct action campaigns against inequality and poverty organized by the Young Lords in NYC in the 1970s. Participants will see highlights from the exhibition Activist New York and hear powerful stories about the Young Lords’ advocacy for consistent sanitation services, accessible testing for tuberculosis, and free breakfast programs for children, in addition to other community actions that resonate today as we imagine a more equitable future for New Yorkers.  

This workshop is available to classes in all subject areas. The session will support curriculum by: 

  • Highlighting Puerto Rican, other Latinx, and Black activists in the Young Lords who mobilized for change 
  • Relating to global independence movements of the 1960s against colonization 
  • Connecting local and international causes 

Free. Advance registration required. To register, select one of the dates at the bottom of this page. 

How it Works:  Students will join other students in these live and interactive sessions led over Zoom by Museum Educators in a setting that balances active engagement and privacy.  Participants will see and discuss visuals from the Museum’s exhibitions and collections and connect the past to our present. 

Security and Interaction: Sessions will be presented as webinars; students are able to submit questions, comments, and observations to the moderators and complete polls and other activities, but will not use cameras or mics and will not be visible on screen.  

Individuals or classes are invited to register. Teachers interested in registering a class of up to 35 students can do so. Multiple classes from the same school can register if there is a different teacher in charge of the registration for each class.  

Free.  Advance registration required.  Capacity is limited.

Stay Connected:  To learn about upcoming, free student workshops and other educational initiatives, join our mailing list. Be sure to check the box "Teacher & Student Programs" to be notified of future events.  

Past Student Workshops

City As Canvas: Art and Graffiti in NYC

Examine graffiti as a dynamic and homegrown artistic movement that was shaped by and seen throughout New York City. See original works created by famed New York artists and writers, including Daze, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, and Lee Quiñones. Offered on Tues, March 16; Wed, March 17, and Thurs, March 18, 2021.

The Civil Rights Movement in NYC 

Discover New York’s major role in the Black freedom movement and hear the stories of the many Civil Rights activists who organized in New York. Offered on Wed, Jan 13; Fri, Jan 15; Tues, Jan 19, 2021. 

Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights Now 
Discover diverse leaders within the woman suffrage movement and the tactics they used to expand voting rights. Offered on Tues, Oct 27; Thurs, Oct 29; Tues, Nov 3, 2020. 

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Education programs in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. 

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

For more information about the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center, and additional funder credits, please click here

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