Circa 1900: An Art and Humanities Resource

Circa 1900: An Art and Humanities Resource

A forthcoming online resource, Circa 1900 connects works from the turn of the century in the McNay’s collection with social studies curriculum with a focus on 6th grade. In this resource, teachers browse a collection of thematic units aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

The McNay collection, particularly rich in works by both American and European artists from around 1900, provides the opportunity to address topics such as transatlantic exchanges, colonialism, effects of war, and industrialization. Virtually or in person, students engage with these primary sources that relate directly to their areas of study. Combined with other sources like letter excerpts, artifacts, and photos, the Circa 1900 units enable students to develop critical thinking skills, conduct research, analyze resources, and make judgments. 

Become a Circa 1900 Teacher Fellow

The McNay is seeking educators to write social studies units for sixth graders that explore McNay works of art in depth. The honorarium per Circa 1900 Teacher Fellow is $300, paid in increments as assignments are completed, and a one-year McNay individual membership ($55 value).


  • Current K-12 educator with experience writing curriculum
  • Strong interest in visual art
  • Passion for connecting the public with community resources
  • Thursday evening and occasional Saturday availability
  • Special consideration given to applicants who attend the Circa 1900 Educator Workshop Saturday, January 14

How to apply

  • Complete the online application (contact information, three short answer questions, professional reference) by February 1, 2017. Questions? Email The online application has closed.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Circa 1900
Project Timeline

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 am-3:00 pm Educator Workshop: Circa 1900
February 1, 2017 Circa 1900 Teacher Fellow Application Deadline
February 2017 First Circa 1900 Teacher Fellow WorkshopFellows  learn about the program and select the works of art for their units.
Throughout Spring 2017 Attend select museum programs
March 2017 Lesson proposals dueProposals reviewed by McNay educators and scholar advisors
May 2017 Pilot lessons in classroom
July 2017 Final lessons due
Fall 2017 Lesson presentationsUnits are posted online for educators and the public to use

Please note that the McNay Art Museum will be closed today in recognition of Juneteenth.

We honor this important day in American history and look forward to welcoming you back tomorrow.