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An image library to spark conversation

We have partnered with community members, creatives, learners, health professions educators, and museum educators to compile an image library to assist educators in using visual art to stimulate rich conversations among health professions learners on topics relevant to bias, racism, and health equity. Images are accompanied by best practices and guides for facilitators. This work is supported by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Institute for Excellence in Education.

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How to Use & Implement

This image guide is designed to assist educators use art to spark critical thinking, introspection, and dialogue around topics relevant to bias, racism, and health equity. Specifically, we have curated a compendium of images that have been tested and seen to stimulate rich conversations among health professions learners. We recommend that such discussions be facilitated to support authentic exchanges of ideas including some that may be new and/or out of the comfort zone of participants. The objective is to nurture growth in self-awareness, the capacity to address discomfort, and the language to enable empathetic, productive discussions.

The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) approach lays the foundation for the image library. For optimal results, we recommend using VTS when discussing these images. VTS is an evidence-based framework that generates rigorous yet open discussions of works of art.

Before you start, please explore suggested guidelines and tips for implementation based on expert consensus and our pilot image discussions.

Curated Images + Facilitator Guides

Lake Street Project

Wing Young Huie, 2007-2010

Facilitator level

Ideal for new facilitators

Learner Level

Beginner

Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps

Kehinde Wiley, 2005

Facilitator level

Any

Learner Level

Beginner, Advanced

Girl Scouts Honor

Susan B Chen, 2021

Facilitator level

Advanced

Learner Level

Advanced

Emergency Room

Robert Colescott, 1989

Facilitator level

Advanced

Learner Level

Advanced

Ieshia Evans in Baton Rouge

Jonathan Bachman, Louisiana, 2016

Facilitator level

Ideal for new facilitators

Learner Level

Beginner

Ike ya

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 2016

Facilitator level

Advanced

Learner Level

Advanced

Unfinished Before the End

Titus Kaphar, 2013

Facilitator level

Advanced

Learner Level

Advanced

Airline Terminal, Atlanta, Georgia

Gordon Parks, 1956

Facilitator level

Any

Learner Level

Beginner, Advanced

The Kitchen Table Series: Untitled 

(Couple Playing Cards)

Carrie Mae Weems, 1990

Facilitator level

Advanced

Learner Level

Advanced

The Housewife Missy at Home

Renee Cox, 2009

Facilitator level

Advanced

Learner Level

Advanced

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