Smarthistory wins NEH award

We are honored to have received a Media Production grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for our project, ARCHES (At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series). Our cultural heritage defines our humanity. Cultural diversity, like biodiversity, plays a quantifiable and crucial part in the health of the human species….But cultural diversity is under grave […]

Special Delivery: Valentines from AP Art History students at Colville High School

Smarthistory got some very sweet mail the other day: a packet of hand-made valentines from the AP Art History students at Colville High School in Washington State. Instructor Tracey Delyea (pictured here with Beth and Steven at a College Board event) uses Smarthistory regularly in her class. We at Smarthistory especially love meeting and hearing from […]

New content—from New York to New Zealand

Over the past two years (2015-16) Smarthistory published 335 videos and essays. This was made possible thanks to our extraordinarily generous academic contributors who share our mission to make art and cultural history accessible to a global audience. These new learning resources have so far generated 5,628,213 views. This work would not have been possible without the […]

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970, Great Salt Lake, Utah

AP AH & Smarthistory meet 1 year on—by Dr. Esperança Camara

Many thanks to Esperança Camara, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Saint Francis and Smarthistory’s Contributing Editor for Mannerist and Baroque Art, for this post about our meeting with the AP Art History Teachers on the occasion of the first grading session of the new AP Art History curriculum. It was an unusual scene. In Salt Lake City last […]

Siphnian Treasury, c. 530 B.C.E., Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi, Greece

Smarthistory featured in Education Week

We wanted to highlight the terrific article by Leo Doran in Education Week on changes in the art history classroom, “Tech Tools, Image Libraries Transforming Art History Classes.” Leo’s article highlights the way that new tools and gorgeous high-resolution images can make art history so much more engaging for students. Figuring out how to virtually “transport” these […]

How Smarthistory stacks up (and why museums should care about YouTube)

As part of our effort to assess Smarthistory’s effectiveness, we have begun to compare our reach against that of other providers of high-quality art history content on the web. Museums produce learning content that is broadly similar to that produced by Smarthistory. However, very few institutions come close to our increasingly global scope, number of […]