Detroit Museum Mashup

This gallery teaching workshop offers the chance for educators to connect, interact with art, and learn from and with each other in a supportive group of colleagues. Over the course of the day, participants will be assigned to random small teaching groups, with whom they will work to develop short gallery engagements with an assigned object. Groups will be prompted to create engagement activities to encourage multimodal, multisensory learning. All works of art selected for groups are specifically chosen to feature diversity across race, gender, culture, sexuality, and/or religion. Later in the day, groups will get a chance share their engagement activities with all participants and experience activities created by other groups.  

Through this workshop, educators will:

  • Engage with objects in the DIA’s collection that represent multiple perspectives across race, culture, gender, sexuality, and religion.
  • Design mini-lessons as instructional leaders and experience colleagues’ mini-lessons as learners.
  • Participate in each others’ activities to interpret, explain, and/or discuss perspectives.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to experiment and prototype unconventional learning experiences for use in the museum and/or in the classroom.
  • Experience the museum and its collection as a resource for teaching and learning in new and different ways.


Pre-registration for this event is required and space is limited. Admission is free for teachers who reside in or teach in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. All other educators can sign up for a DIA Educator Pass to receive free general admission to the museum.