Public Art as a Form of Participation

David Binnington's mural commemorating the 1936 Battle of Cable Street is the focus of a lesson that looks at public art as a form of civic participation. After reading background material about the mural, individuals analyze a segment of the work and discuss their findings with the class.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members collaborate to design a mural for their classroom or school  that reflects the concepts in the lesson
  • Ask individuals to investigate and report on other murals that memorialize struggles and triumphs
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson 13 of 15 in the Standing Up for Democracy unit
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Pros
  • The PowerPoint is designed to be used with the lesson and provides additional information about the mural
Cons
  • None