U.S. Department of State and Arkansas Announce Launch of Year Three "Arkansas Declaration of Learning" in Support of Secondary Education & Learning with Historical Objects & Art

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 7, 2017

The U.S. Department of State announces the launch of the third year of the “Arkansas Declaration of Learning” program. The program works collaboratively with teachers and school librarians teaching 7th-12th grade students in the fields of art, English language arts, and social studies to develop innovative curriculum that brings history to life and shares the importance of civic engagement with students.

Through this program, teachers work with historic art and objects from national and state partners to develop innovative lessons for their classroom and school libraries that inspire student learning. Objects and art selected for the program are used to tell national and state-based stories that vibrantly illustrate the many ways our nation valued civic engagement during our country’s formative years, and the importance of this continued focus today. Arkansas is the first state in the country to participate in this national program.

This innovative public-private partnership, launched in 2015, is conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and the Arkansas Department of Education. To date, more than 4,000 Arkansas students have benefitted from this initiative.

This program is part of a national Inter-Agency Educational Initiative that began when representatives from 12 national organizations signed the “Declaration of Learning” in 2013. This document pledged to work with state and local partners to co-create learning tools for educators and students in middle and secondary education using historic art and objects from their respective collections and best practices in education. The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are the site for many of our nation’s diplomatic meetings and events including summits, treaty negotiations, official State Luncheons, and important Presidential speeches.

Applications are now open and close at midnight on March 27, 2017. Stipends will be provided to selected participants. To apply for the program, visit: https://goo.gl/forms/VJuuePxeSfoauQCG3

For more information about the “Declaration of Learning,” please contact Anne Menotti at MenottiAD@state.gov or 202-647-1990. For more information about the application process, please contact Cassandra Barnett at Cassandra.Barnett@arkansas.gov