Art Curriculum for Past Whatcom Museum Exhibitions:
People of the Sea and Cedar Resources:
Allied Arts Education Project: This program provides art, theater, dance, and hands-on history lessons by trained artist/educators to enhance the Museum experience. To schedule a teaching artist or hands-on history program call Allied Arts 360.676.8548. Grant funding may be available.
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention: When coming with two or more classes, you can schedule tours to rotate between SPARK and the Whatcom Museum. For more information about SPARK tours and schedules, visit their website.
Local History Resources:
Bellinghistory with the Good Time Girls
City of Bellingham Self-guided Historic Tours: Experience the evolution of downtown Bellingham through historic photographs available as a “Desktop Tour” for your computer. You will see how downtown has changed since the first settlers arrived in 1852. Photos are from the Whatcom Museum’s Photo Archives. To take the Desktop Tour visit the City’s website. An audio/mobile tour feature and book are also available!
HistoryLink.org is an evolving online encyclopedia of Washington State and local history. It provides a free, authoritative, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public.
Video tour of Old City Hall: Take a tour of Bellingham’s most iconic architectural landmark with Whatcom Museum’s Photo Archivist, Jeff Jewell. Watch Now.
Western Washington University Washington State Archives
Northwest Native American Resources:
Video of Anna Jefferson, Northwest Native American basket weaver. Watch Now.
Video of Bill James, Lummi Nation Hereditary Chief and Master Weaver. Watch Now.
Whatcom County Library System People of the Salish Sea Curriculum and Kits
Photo Archives and Virtual Exhibitions:
Explore the Whatcom Museum’s online galleries, featuring selections from our photo archives, as well as our art and history collections.
Whatcom Museum provides classroom tours for all ages of students. Tours include current art exhibitions with a hands-on art fundamentals workshop, a regional Native American life and culture tour/hands-on workshop, a Green Building tour of our LEED-certified Lightcatcher building, and visits to the Family Interactive Gallery. For more information and to schedule a tour, click here.
Arts Impact teacher training and lesson plans
Burke Museum curricula and lesson plans
J. Paul Getty Museum classroom resources
Whatcom Watch a community forum on government, environmental issues, and media