Resources for Educators

Welcome educators and life-long learners! Below are free lesson plans and activities that correspond with NBAM’s exhibitions.  Click here to learn how your class can tour our exhibits.

Lesson Plans

Click on the images to download lesson plans and activities for all ages!

Dear Malcolm
Ruth Carter has created many iconic costumes for films that teach us about important figures of American history.  For this activity, students will learn about Malcolm X and create a letter to the civil rights leader.

Download Malcolm X letter Template

Local artist Darnel Staley discusses his protest photography in the Ruth E. Carter exhibit.


Culture and Roots
As a costume designer, Ruth E. Carter is tasked with creating authentic and believable worlds. We are going to be speaking with a New Bedford Park Ranger about his wardrobe and creating our own patterns inspired by our own lived experiences.

Learn about the cultural significance of Rufai Yusif Shardow’s garments.


Everyday Heroes
Ruth E. Carter was the costume designer for the film Selma (2014). We are going to learn about the history that inspired the film and speak with a local artist about his artwork in the Ruth E. Carter exhibit.

Meet the man behind the mural: Fitzcarmel M. LaMarre.

Ruth or false?

Learn more about Ruth E. Carter with a fun game!


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dowNload as a PPT


Jam with NBAM

Travel through the decades with playlists inspired by Carter’s films.


Book Lists

Click the images to download Ruth E. Carter-themed suggested reading lists curated by New Bedford Free Public Library.







Learn More

Below are additional videos curated by NBAM’s Education team.