NVAM Out Loud for Educators


The best way to learn about the NVAM collection and create a meaningful experience is to connect to the museum in person.

NVAM provides staff guided tours offered Tuesday through Saturday during museum hours. Guided tours can be supplemented with guest Veteran Speakers upon request!

We also allow visiting groups to run a self-guided tour and encourage all visiting groups to utilize the resource guides for the museum’s current exhibitions.

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Prof DevNVAM Education offers onsite professional development workshops in fine arts instruction, art history and art education integration in the classroom, aligning with the CPS Social Science framework and the Illinois State Standards for education.

Professional development programs are offered throughout the year for teachers in middle school, high school and continuing education in subject matters including language arts, history, civics/social studies and art.

Upcoming Programs: TBA

Past Programs:

Saturday January 24, 2015 // Destination: Chicago @ Jones College Prep

Thursday February 5, 2015 // CCOL Chi Y.O.U. Faculty Monthly Meet-up @ The NVAM

Saturday February 14, 2015 // Second Saturday Creative Community Event @ The NVAM

Tuesday February 17, 2015 // 4:30 PM // CPS Social Science Workshop Series: Exploring Connected Learning with NVAM Out Loud! @ The NVAM

Friday February 20, 2015 // Chicago Curriculum Studies Student Symposium @ UIC

Tuesday February 24, 2015 // 4:30PM // CPS Social Science Workshop Series: Exploring Connected Learning with NVAM Out Loud! @ The NVAM

Tuesday April 14, 2015 // 4:30PM // CPS Social Science Workshop Series: Exploring Connected Learning with NVAM Out Loud! @ The NVAM

Sunday June 7, 2015 // 11:00-2:30PM // Family Day @ the Illinois Holocaust Museum with presentations by the Anti-Defamation League and National Veterans Art Museum

Thursday July 23, 2015 // 5:30 – 8:00PM // Museums & Social Justice: What Role Can We Play? @ Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Tuesday August 18, 2015 // 11:00-2:30 PM // CPS Social Science Expo @ Little Village Lawndale High School Campus

Saturday September 19, 2015 // 1:00-5:00PM // NVAM Educator Open House @ NVAM

Friday November 6, 2015 // 4:00-4:45PM // NVAM Out Loud: Working in the Open @ Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) 2015 Conference

Saturday November 19, 2016 // 10:00 – 1:00PM // NVAM Educator Open House @ NVAM

Thursday February 16, 2017 // 5:00-8:30PM // Ingenuity Visual Arts Summit @ SAIC

Friday March 3, 2017 // Illinois Council for History Education Conference @ Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, IL

Monday July 23, 2018 // Discussion Panel – Patriotism, Community, and Social Action; Discussion lead by Michael Elsey, Senior Instructor & Dir of Digital Media for the Great Books Foundation; Panelists include Dale Tippett Sr, Past Commander of Billy Caldwell Post 806, 9th District Sr. Vice Commander; Brent M. Webb, Commander of Tattler Post 973, 9th District Jr. Vice Commander; Moki Tantoco, Education and Programs Manager, National Veterans Art Museum @ Chicago Public Library Austin-Irving Branch

Tuesday October 23, 2018 // Creative Arts Therapies for Veterans and Service Members with Joseph Lefthand, CreatiVets / School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Moki Tantoco, National Veterans Art Museum; Encarnación Teruel, Illinois Arts Council Agency @ One State XCHANGE 2018 in Galesburg, IL

Thursday November 8, 2018 // We the People: Bearing Witness to Militarism through Contemporary Art and Civic Engagement with Aaron Hughes, artist, activist, educator, Iraq War veteran; Sylvia Bowersox, author, Iraq War veteran; Joseph Lefthand, artist, administrator, Iraq War veteran; andMoki Tantoco, Education and Programs Manager, National Veterans Art Museum @ AICAD Symposium 2018 in Fullerton Hall, AIC, Chicago, IL

Saturday May 4, 2019 // Alliance AMP (Arts Move Policy) Series: Arts + Military with Brendan Foster, Executive Director, National Veterans Art Museum; Monica Tantoco, Education and Programs Manager, National Veterans Art Museum; Joseph Lefthand, Veteran Director, CreatiVets; Laura Sievert, Executive Director, Arts Quincy @ NVAM Triennial Veteran Art Summit in Chicago, IL

Thursday October 24th, 2019 5-6PM // Veteran/Artist: Art Practice as Lived Practice @ Northern Illinois University Art Museum -Altgeld Hall 125