Permanent Exhibit Programs & Tours
Best of Both Worlds
Clinton Foundation and Heifer International Partnership
This partnership allows students of all grades to tour the sites of two world-class nonprofit organizations located in Little Rock. This visit will include tours of the Center and Heifer Village – two buildings that have attained LEED Platinum Certification. The tours are designed to be grade-level specific and will last up to two and a half hours.
The Student Presidential Tour
The Student Presidential Tour is docent-led and includes the Center’s orientation film; a tour of its Cabinet Room, Life in the White House, Oval Office, and the current temporary exhibit. Students will have a discussion on tour to connect the various roles of the President (Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Chief Diplomat, Ceremonial Head of State) through the featured permanent exhibitions. This tour will last one hour and 15 minutes.
Ideas Matter is a self-guided tour that challenges young leaders to think about the ideas and qualities that have been important to President Clinton throughout his life. A custom-designed guidebook complements the tour and helps students learn about America’s achievements during President Clinton’s time in office. This tour will last one hour and 15 minutes.
Civic Literacy: The Crisis in Kosovo
As they assembled around the long table of the Cabinet Room, President Clinton, his Cabinet secretaries, and other government officials made tough choices about the nation’s future. We invite students to experience these high-level negotiations through a classroom activity that allows them to play the roles of foreign policy advisors who, among other things, planned and implemented military missions in Kosovo. The Civic Literacy Tour will utilize the Clinton Center’s permanent exhibits, including the Cabinet Room and the Policy Alcoves, in addition to a classroom component. Educators may choose between a one or two-hour tour and program.
Hope, Endurance, and Justice
In 2009, the Clinton Center received a sapling taken from the white horse chestnut tree outside Anne Frank’s Secret Annex where she and her family hid during World War II. The Anne Frank Tree Installation stands as a symbol of hope, endurance, and justice on the grounds of the Clinton Center. On this guided tour, with an optional self-guided experience, students will visit the Anne Frank Tree installation and examine these historic episodes, which serve as poignant and painful reminders of the complicated journey toward social justice in Arkansas and around the world. After the guided tour, students will reflect with a lesson in the Clinton Center Classroom.
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Temporary Exhibit Programs
Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision
In 1998 President Clinton begin a six-country, 12-day visit to Africa, the most extensive journey to that continent ever undertaken by a U.S. President. This trip included a very intricate travel schedule and marked high hopes for a new chapter in diplomatic relations. Students will explore the requirements for citizens to travel internationally while diving into details of President Clinton’s itinerary, some of which can be found within the Clinton Center’s permanent Timeline exhibit.
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu
Ubuntu ( oo’boon(t)oo ) – a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity.
In 1995, President Mandela laid a rock down in the limestone quarry at Robben Island where he was forced to work while incarcerated for 27 years. This moment was a symbolic gesture which created a memorial that more than 1,300 prisoners have added to by placing their own rocks - and symbolically laying down their burdens. Students will discuss Nelson Mandela’s legacy and how he overcame adversity to eventually lead the nation of South Africa. They will then focus on community building by studying the meaning of the word “ubuntu” to relate their own experiences to the concepts of compassion and humanity.
Louder Than Words – Rock, Power, and Politics
Soundtrack of American Life
Since it burst on the scene, rock and roll has been the soundtrack of American life, and music from the genre – like Bob Dylan’s “The Times, They Are a-Changin,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” – has often responded to current events. This classroom activity will present music that speaks on behalf of the American people. Students will discuss current events and create their own soundtrack of music that responds – both in obvious and not-so-obvious ways – to their lives as American teenagers.
Special Events & Programs
Civics Capstone Project Fair – Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going
Thursday May 3, 2018 • 9:30 am, 11 am
Each year, ninth grade civics students in the Little Rock School District draw inspiration from Chelsea’s Clinton book It’s Your World to create their own civic
engagement projects. Bring your middle school students to see the civics students’ ideas for making the world a better place. Selected students from each of the five LRSD high schools will be on hand to discuss their projects.
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