Explore, learn, and create art of the African Diaspora! Our Teaching Living Cultures (TLC) School Gallery Tours provide a wonderful experience of just how varied and brilliant our Diaspora cultures and creative expressions are around the world. Spring school gallery tours are now closed for our current exhibition, Defend Puerto Rico. If you'd like to receive information for our upcoming school gallery programs for the 2018-2019 school year, please send your name, title, school affiliation, contact phone number and email to  Thank you and we look forward to hosting your class in the near future!


  • TLC School Gallery Tours accommodate an absolute maximum of 30 students. We request at least a 10:1 student-teacher ratio.

  • Tours are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Tours are each 90-minutes in total.

  • Reservations for all schools, which includes NYCDOE, independent, and homeschool groups. Tour includes all materials.

  • Students can bring a brown bag lunch. Group can be accommodated to remain on-site for lunch for up to 30 minutes afterwards.

Depending on the grade level, exploration in the galleries can include a guided tour with an in-gallery activity, or as a guided tour coupled with an art-making activity. Our tours align with the following learnings standards:

NYC Blueprint – Visual Arts: Art Making-Sculpture, Collage, and Printmaking; Visual Art Literacy: Looking at and Discussing Art, Interpreting and Analyzing Art; Making Connections Through Visual Arts: Recognizing the Societal, Cultural and Historical Significance of Art

NY Common Core:

3rd -12th Grade –ELA: Speaking & Listening; Language; Social Studies Framework

We offer the following TLC  School Gallery Tours:

Collage Designs

After guided exploration of key Defend Puerto Rico exhibition works, the social and political contexts of these art forms will be the inspiration for a student collage.  This hands-on experience provides an opportunity for cultural art-making, and also encourages students to empower themselves by creating designs that focus and connect to their own communities. (Grades 3-8)

Sculptural Forms

Based on a tour of key photographic works in the gallery, students will create inspired art based on key cultural elements, symbolism, and narrative stories of featured artists in the Defend Puerto exhibition. (Grades 2-4)


Caribbean artists and specifically those from the island of Puerto Rico are an untapped resource of information, talent, and inspiration.  Through a guided gallery tour of highlighted works of the Defend Puerto exhibition, students will explore introductory African Diaspora history, and artists’ processes through in-gallery activities involving the moving image, discussion, and a political poster, or printmaking art activity. (Grades 7-12)


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