Objects in your classroom
Our Education Teaching Collection can be part of your classroom. Our one-of-a-kind lending library of objects provides unique hands-on experiences. Email us at NMAFAEducation@si.edu.
Outreach into your classroom
Museum representatives travel to classrooms to introduce students to a variety of African arts or to focus on a single African country. Students are given hands-on opportunities. The program site must be within 20 miles of the museum.
Curricula for the classroom
Curricula on African art were developed for use in the classroom and include activities for elementary through high school students.
Mali Empire and Djenne figures
Portraits of Mali from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Baga drum, a figurative drum from Côte d’Ivoire
Ntan drum, an Asante drum from Ghana
Gavin Jantjes, a South African artist
The Song of Lionogo – A Graphic novel
“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art launched its first graphic novel Monday, May 11. The Song of Lionogo is based on a Swahili mythological figure from East Africa and was inspired by the cultural connections between the Arab peninsula and the Indian Ocean. It offers an interactive and educational experience to teens and youths: it incorporates a map of specific locations in the novel, a glossary to introduce readers to a new vocabulary and enables readers to include their own story plots.”