Evenings for Educators

Activists and A-Lines

March 11, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a FREE event exclusively for teachers. Explore the Museum’s special exhibitions Fashion Forward and This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.

Event Details:

Experience the Bullock Museum – the biggest classroom in Texas – through special exhibit tours and hands-on activities. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, this free event will connect teachers to classroom resources, teaching strategies, and local community organizations. Enjoy prize drawings, refreshments, the company of fellow teachers, and receive an SBEC-approved certificate of participation.

Come anytime from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., but you won’t want to miss these scheduled events:

 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments in the Grand Lobby

Featured Activities

5:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Explore the exhibits, and be sure to try your hand at the featured activities:

  • A Civil Rights Sit-in at the White House - Classroom Activity with LBJ Presidential Library - On March 11, 1965 twelve young men and women held a sit-in at the White House to urge President Johnson to take action in Selma, Alabama after marchers were brutally beaten by state troopers on what is now known as “Bloody Sunday.” This mini-lesson will use inquiry strategies to examine primary sources from the LBJ Presidential Library related to the sit-in, as well as explore the related themes of social justice and first amendment rights.
  • Curator Conversation - How can the fashion of the day speak to the historical events and the cultural experiences of the people at the time? Experience the Fashion Forward exhibit through a special lens with a Curator Conversation with the exhibit's guest curator from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas.
  • Framing the Story - Analyze photographs from This Light of Ours by taking a close look at the stories being told through the artistic lens of the photographers.
  • Fit the Form - Become a fashion designer and experiment with different fabrics to drape an outfit on a form.
  • Strike a Pose - Snap a shot of yourself posing on the runway.
  • Colorful Creations - Do you have an eye for color? Using fashion plates and line drawings of garments, add color to create a showstopper of your own.
  • Connect with local organizations like the LBJ Presidential Library for classroom resources about the Civil Rights Movement.

7:45 p.m.

  • Prize Drawing
  • Take time to have a second look, or explore a different area of the Museum exhibits until 8:00 p.m.


About Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward explores the evolution of style and how we think about clothes, all through a Texas lens. Each featured designer shaped the world of fashion, earning the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.

The innovative designs and designers featured in Fashion Forward found their way from international fashion houses to Texan closets, from fashion-forward trend to classic wardrobe staple. Primarily drawing from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas, one of the most significant fashion archives in the U.S., Fashion Forward positions Dallas and Texas as an unexpected fashion epicenter. 

Highlights include pieces representing Christian Dior’s “New Look,” the casual American style of Ann Klein and Geoffrey Beene, and the Italian craftsmanship of Missoni and Emilio Pucci. 

About This Light of Ours

This Light of Ours captures the day-to-day struggles of everyday citizens working toward equality and their resolve in the face of violence and institutionalized discrimination.

More than 150 powerful black-and-white photos focus on the activities of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and are organized around four themes – Black Life, Organizing for Freedom, State and Local Terror, and Meredith March Against Fear and Black Power. The photographs convey SNCC’s distinctive “bottom-up” community organizing strategy as well as the movement’s impact on the national consciousness and use of photos to present critical messages.

Visitors to This Light of Ours will see the efforts of unsung heroes in the civil rights movement through the photographs of activist photographers. These nine men and women were themselves a part of the movement and focused their cameras on the local people and student activists who together made it happen.

The event is free of charge, and parking is complimentary in the Museum’s garage. Please note there is construction on the roads around the building. Follow the signs to the parking garage entrance on 18th Street, between Congress and Colorado.

Questions? Contact (512) 936-4604 or education@thestoryoftexas.com


Major support for This Light of Ours has been provided by the Bruce W. Bastian Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with use of the Bob Fitch photographs courtesy of the Department of Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

This Light of Ours sponsored locally by The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

Fashion Forward organized by the Bullock Museum in collaboration with the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas.

Special exhibitions are generously sponsored by Union Pacific.

Additional support for exhibitions and education programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.