I have been debating and having some self reflection on this app. As a member of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's Teacher Advisory Board, For one I'm impressed that they have included some images from the collection. (The educator in me) is somewhat disappointed in the app because there is nothing more than a random match, Google could have taken it a step further and provided more information on the matching portrait. So I had to do my own research on who my portrait twin was... Ironically I wonder did they read my capstone and know I was fully vested in mural art because my match came from a mural in South Philadelphia titled "ASpire," by muralist Ernel Martinez (2014). The mural, created in collaboration with Black Thought of The Roots, celebrates the life of Philadelphia community leader Dr. Shawl L. “Air Smooth" White.
If you have ever wanted to write for the National Portrait gallery, well the Teacher Advisory Board understand the need and the desire for other teachers to write for NPG. As unique as we are, we know that we can only scratch the surface of the multitude of ways that the museum can be utilized in classrooms across the country. That is why for the 50th anniversary of the National Portrait Gallery we are asking teachers to tell us how they use the Portrait Gallery in their classroom.
To see the complete story, check out my blog post that was posted on January 2018
I'm more than my title will ever be.