Upcoming Institutes

Texas in Art, Film, and Music (Spring 2024 In-Person Workshop)

On April 25, 2024, Humanities Texas will hold a one-day workshop in San Marcos for English language arts (ELA) and social studies teachers on Texas in art, film, and music.

Date and Location

The workshop will take place at the Wittliff Collections on April 25, 2024.

Faculty and Curriculum

Content will align with the TEKS. The workshop will introduce participants to Texas artists and their work, offering insight into how Texas artists engage major themes of Texas history, culture, and identity. Presentations will expand participants' understanding of how the state is represented in art, film, and music.

The workshop will feature close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources and texts, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers will receive books and other instructional materials.

The program faculty includes Jessica Fuentes (art educator), Jason Mellard (Texas State University), Alison Macor (author and film historian), and Bavu Blakes (musician and educator).


The workshop is open to secondary-level humanities teachers in Texas schools.  Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited.

Travel and Substitute Reimbursement and CPE Credit

The workshop is free to teachers and their schools. Humanities Texas will reimburse schools up to $200 for a substitute for any teacher who attends. Humanities Texas will not locate or secure substitutes; this remains the responsibility of the schools or districts. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

Teachers traveling from out-of-town to attend the workshop will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include mileage, lodging, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.


The workshops are made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.