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Past Institutes


For the City Lore 2021 NEH Summer Institute we hosted 30 scholars virtually, joining us from 12 different states. We began with an exploration of City Lore’s Poetic Voices of the Muslim World digital exhibit and resources. We also introduced Summer Scholars to City Lore’s arts education pedagogical tools, such interviewing community guests and creating artwork based on personal narratives. We attended performances by Muslim-identifying artists for whom faith and culture feature in their work and engaged in conversation with them.


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City Lore’s 2016 NEH Summer Institute, A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts, took place from July 10-23 in New York City. Thirty teacher scholars attended, representing 13 different states, primary and secondary grades, public and private schools, and a variety of subjects, ranging from English to social studies and visual art to music to religion. The institute kicked off with a welcome reception at the City Lore Gallery, providing an opportunity for the scholars to informally meet one another and the guest faculty members.


City Lore’s inaugural NEH Summer Institute, A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through Poetry and Song, took place from July 13-27, 2014 in New York City. The institute brought together 29 K-12 educators from around the country with university scholars, translators, filmmakers, and poets to exchange ideas and learn from one another. As evidenced by the feedback from the teachers themselves (see below), they emerged with a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in Muslim cultures and with effective tools to convey that understanding to their students. 


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