As millions remain home from school...

Art and life, pain and joy, past and present, profound and prosaic. All, in an instant, folded into one. What could have been boring and didactic instead hits a kind of pedagogical sweet spot — that priceless moment when a lesson becomes an event. Even if its author had wanted it to, an art history textbook could never produce such a moment. 

— Sebastian Smee, "How two professors transformed the teaching of art history," Washington Post (May 3, 2020)




One professor recently wrote of Smarthistory, "Their foresight gives all the art historians out there suddenly shifting to online teaching a platform from which to start. Thank you!" Another tweeted, "Can I just say thank you to @Smarthistory right now? Y'all are saving me." And a third wrote, "As grateful as I am in general that Smarthistory exists, I am exponentially more grateful for Smarthistory in light of the chaos that COVID-19 has imposed on higher education. Because of Smarthistory, I know that my students will have access to many of the resources necessary to complete the class regardless of where they are in the world."


At the same time that Smarthistory has become an essential resource, we are confronting a gap in funding. Smarthistory has only two permanent staff members but an impact as big as institutions with hundreds of employees. Did you know that Smarthistory has over 400 academic contributors and nearly as many YouTube subscribers as The Metropolitan Museum of Art!


This is only a faction of the many notes we are receiving. 


And because we are so small, your financial support has a real and immediate impact. Please consider a gift to Smarthistory now, so that we can be there for all students when they need us.


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