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Art in Action

A free Student to World online course from Global Nomads Group

Art in Action

Learn how art contributes to social movements and positive change while exploring local and global artistic and cultural expressions.

Youth explore how art contributes to social movements and positive change. Learn about art locally and globally through activities, curated media resources, and stories by their peers from around the world.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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About The Course

Who Should Register

Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants


Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

Take a course on your own.

Already have an account?

Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Artifacts

Explore art movements around the world and share stories about an artistic artifact in their lives.

Module 2: Everyday Local Arts

Explore local artistic expressions and share stories rooted in their local culture(s) and communities.

Module 3: Everyday Global Arts

Explore global works of art with a social message and share stories about these pieces.

Module 4: Everyday Action

Design an artistic intervention to address a compelling social issue.

Learning Objectives

  • View different types of art and reflect on how everyday artistic artifacts in their lives carry personal and cultural meaning and stories worth sharing.
  • Learn the different elements of culture and how they manifest in artistic expressions in local communities.
  • Explore how art expresses a person’s lived experience and culture.
  • Create art (in the format of their choice) to tell a story about local culture.
  • Learn how art in all its forms can influence social movements and affect change in societies.
  • Explore the power of art and storytelling in bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Explore the social impact of art by creating artistic representations of and/or interventions to an issue or topic of global concern.

Standards Alignments

National Arts Standards

  • Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  • Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #4. Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  • Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  • Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
  • Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions


CASEL Social & Emotional Learning

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making


Asia Society Global Competencies

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action


21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

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Teachers, Educators, & Leaders

Create an account and invite students or youth participants.


If your teacher or group facilitator gave you a code.

Independent Learners

Take a course on your own.

Already have an account?