Explore, learn, and create art of the African Diaspora! Our Teaching Living Cultures (TLC) School Gallery Tours provide a wonderful and brilliant experience of creative African Diaspora expressions from around the world. Book a guided school tour of our newest exhibition, Race, Myth, Art, and Justice on view through June 15, 2019.  School reservations begin on December 17th. School tours will open in the new year beginning January 2019. Scheduled school tours will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings. Complete our online TLC School Gallery Tours Request Form.  Our school gallery tours are grant-subsidized for NYC public schools, and therefore only a $125.00 registration fee is required. There is a $325.00 gallery tour fee for independent and homeschool groups. Please be advised. Dates will fill quickly!

  • A TLC School Gallery Tour accommodates an absolute maximum of 27 students. We request at least a 9:1 student-teacher ratio.

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

  • Tours for schools include all materials.

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


Depending on the grade level, exploration in the galleries can include a guided tour with an in-gallery activity or a guided tour with an art-making activity. TLC 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 a guided exploration of key Race, Myth, Art, and Justice exhibition images, the social and political contexts of these photographs 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 them to their own communities. (Grades 3-8)


  • Sculptural Forms: Based on a tour of key photographic works in the galleries, students will create inspired art based on key cultural elements, symbolism, and narrative stories of featured artists in the Race, Myth, Art, and Justice exhibition. (Grades 3-5)


  • Profiles: African Diaspora artists are an untapped resource of information, talent, and inspiration.  Through a guided gallery tour of highlighted works of Race, Myth, Art, and Justice, students will explore introductory African Diaspora history, and artists’ processes through in-gallery activities involving either, the moving image, sketching, or printmaking activities. (Grades 7-12)

The CCCADI TLC Arts Education Programs are made possible with the generous donations and support of: Con Edison, Ford Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council Member Diana Ayala, New York City Council Member Bill Perkins, New York City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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