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NCTA Summer Seminar – Exploring Asian Art: Trade, Transmission, and Cultural Exchange

Photo credit: Alborz Kamalizad


Teachers joined us for a three-day in-person intensive workshop in collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum as we considered the themes of trade, transmission, and cultural exchange.

The first day took place on the University of Washington campus with discussion of the historical contexts and conditions of works of art we saw during our visit to the Seattle Art Museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This day included lectures, small group work, and classroom applications. Our second day took place at the Seattle Art Museum where museum educators will guide us through strategies for working with art, classroom applications, hands-on activities, and personal reflection. On the final day, we met at the Seattle Asian Art Museum to see the special exhibition, Renegade Edo and Paris: Japanese Prints and Toulouse-Lautrec and engaged in gallery based activities. 

This three-day intensive workshop was open to educators of all levels across subjects, including but not limited to: Social Studies, Visual Art, World History, Language Arts, Asian Studies, and Art History. Educators from the Seattle Art Museum and the East Asia Resource Center provided frameworks for integrating the collection at the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum into your teaching practice. 

Registration was free and meals are included. Participating educators were required to attend all three days of the workshops. Free resources and Washington State Clock Hours were provided. 

Dates, times, and locations

Thursday, July 27 – 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM – In-person at the University of Washington

Friday, July 28 – 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM – In-person at the Seattle Art Museum

Saturday, July 29 – 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM – In-person at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

Workshop leaders

Melanie King (she/her), Art historian and educator

Yaoyao Liu (she/her), Manager of school & Educator Programs, Seattle Art Museum

Lauren Kent (she/her), Assistant Manager of School Programs & Partnerships, Seattle Art Museum


This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)