In 2007, The Phillips Collection launched a national outreach program in six diverse communities across the United States to study the ways in which a work of art, specifically Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series, can serve as a powerful vehicle for learning and understanding in the classroom and throughout the community.
Students from Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, New York, Iowa, and Washington, D.C., traveled to their local art museum to view selections from The Migration Series that were on loan from the Phillips. They also participated in a variety of classroom and after-school projects inspired by Lawrence's portrayal of the Great Migration as an important event in American history and the African American experience.
In The Migration Series, Lawrence communicates through visual and narrative media the story of a people struggling against oppression while overcoming obstacles and taking risks to achieve a better life.
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