Teaching at the Intersections
African-Mexican History
Educator Development Program


Obsidian Arts and the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Chicago invite Middle School/High School educators to a 12-hour professional development retreat focused on the intersections of Mexican and African culture. The retreat curriculum and curriculum development tools provided to attendees are based on the content of the NMMA’s groundbreaking exhibition: The African Presence in Mexico. The retreat’s pro-fessional development sessions will include content on: background knowledge of Mexican Art and History; Mexican Influence on African American art; African Cultural imprint on Mexican Culture; How to Integrate Visual Literacy into the Classroom, and How to Integrate the Arts into the Classroom.

The retreat takes place over two days at NMMA in Chicago and includes breakfast and lunch daily. Our intent is to provide a relaxed yet highly interactive learning and discussion environment.

Dates: August 17 and 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Cost: $300.00 per person, includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials.
Hotel Lodging: Provided upon request at $100.00 per night.

REGISTER BEFORE JULY 1, 2017 AND SAVE $50.00

Questions: Contact Adam—admin@obsidianartscenter.org

Cancellation policy:

If you are unable to attend the event, you may send a substitute in your place at no cost (it is up to you to make any financial arrangements with your substitute). If this is not possible, you may request a refund.

Cancellations received more than 30 days before the event will be refunded less a 20% cancella-tion fee. Cancellations received between 30 and 10 days before the event will be refunded less a 50% cancellation fee. We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than 10 days before the event. Refunds will be issued within 5 business days of cancellation notice.

2017 Trips


Art Basel – Miami Beach 2016

Trip Fee - $1,200.00 (Dec. 1 - 4, 2016) 


When Miami & Miami Beach host Art Basel the cities are transformed into the world’s largest modern and contemporary art event. Art Basel Miami Beach draws tens of thousands of visitors – collectors, gallerists, artists, curators, art enthusiasts – from across the globe who come to experience the highest quality Modern and contemporary art, including works by well-known artists and newly emerging artists. With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the art world with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event.


Art Basel is the largest of the 15 to 20 art shows that arrive in Miami and Miami Beach during this art period.  Other art fairs include: Scope, NADA, Prizm, Concept, Aqua, Art Africa, and others. In recent years, the populations that come from the African Diaspora have established a rich portfolio of annual programs that highlight African/African American/Caribbean art, thought, and culture. This mix of art and the influence of the local cultural populations create, for a 4 day period, the most interesting mix and confluence of art, artists, community, and art-business in the United States.


The experience can be over-whelming and intimidating. That is why Obsidian Arts’ organizes trips to Art Basel-Miami Beach which are a balance of seeing, learning, play, and reflection.

The world is calling.


In 2017 Obsidian Arts will again lead trips to some of the hottest and richest places on the planet.  Out trips are organizationally curated and the managed by an external travel agency or agent. The trips aim to show you a side of these destinations that are hidden in plain sight and relate to the deep imprint of African culture.


The world is calling.  We hope you will join us.

Art Travel

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