Witness the joys and struggles of the black experience in America as expressed through one of the country’s most stunningly beautiful and well-rounded collections of African American paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.

Teachers’ Guide
Click here to download and print a copy of the Teachers’ Guide with images. [26 pages]
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Use the Teachers’ Guide to prepare for your visit to African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection, included are:
  • Map and Summary of Exhibition
  • Images, Information and Audio Stops
  • Timeline
  • Links to Curriculum Standards, for grades 5 – 12
  • Discussion Questions and Classroom Activities (view content online)
  • Resources (view content online)
A copy of the Teachers’ Guide will be mailed once you reserve your tickets.

Admission Tickets

Admission to the exhibition is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 6 - 17, and adult chaperones. Advance reservations are available for groups of 20 people or more. Limited admission and transportation subsidies are available. For reservations, call Group Sales at 313.833.1292.

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Guided tours are available at 9:30 a.m. only for a maximum of 45 students. Audio tours for students and adults are available at other times. A group comprises 20 persons or more. Reservations must be made in advance, and groups must be accompanied by adult chaperones — one for every 10 students.

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Audio Tours

The exhibition audio tour is free with admission, and features both an adult version (suitable for high school students) and youth version (for grades 5 - 8).

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Educators’ Discount at DIA Museum Shop

Please bring your educator’s identification to receive a 20% educational discount on products to be used exclusively in the classroom. This discount may not be combined with any other discount. (If you wish to receive a tax exemption with the 20% discount, you need a school ID number.)

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“Ask Me” Docent

A museum-trained volunteer will be available during all open hours to address visitor questions.

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Exhibition Preview

Click here to take the on-line Preview Tour and learn more about African American art.

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Teacher Workshop

Focus on Special Exhibitions: The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
Saturday, April 29, 2006, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learn how African American artists reflect the times in which they live. Begin with a before-hours tour of the exhibition with Stephanie James, Assistant Curator of the DIA's General Motors Center for African American Art. Then Valerie Mercer, GM Center head curator, will discuss how contemporary African American artists reference history in their work. In the afternoon, Dr. Juanita Witherspoon 5th grade teacher in Highland Park’s Liberty Focus School will model lessons and strategies for incorporating African American history into your teaching. Written materials will be provided. For art, classroom and social studies teachers.

Member fee: $40; non-member fee: $50; student teacher fee:$25. SB-CEU credit available for additional fee.

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Workshop Registration

To register for workshops, call 313.833.4249. Teacher workshops are open to K - 12 educators of all subjects.

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Image Caption: Edwin Harleston, Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1920, oil on canvas. Walter O. Evans Collections. (left)