Much of our visual culture including the fine arts depict sometimes controversial political content. In teaching our students to be more socially aware and more active as members of a community, it seems important for them to not only be aware of the messages being sent out in political advertising and videos but also within the fine arts world. This is also a great way to see how we can explore ideas and express our own beliefs and experiences through art as political activists.
These are a few interesting images and sites that students could look at and discuss in classroom activities:http://www.allenschmertzler-artist.com/index.htmlhttp://www.mannenberg.com/http://rmarkey.blue-fox.com/Political.htmlhttp://www.streetcredart.com/political%20art.htmhttp://www.socialpoliticalart.com/
Within literacy there are many ways to gain knowledge about the current state of the world and it's political history.