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Art Works for Change


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


Ethics, Excess, Extinction

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  • This online art exhibition features provocative pieces of art in three galleries that call attention to the human causes of the mass extinction of species occurring and the moral and ethical values we associate with other species. 
Teaching Tips


  • This exhibition features a wide variety of artwork, including photography, tapestries, paintings, and videos.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The link takes you to the exhibition's main page. Scroll to the bottom to view each of the three individual galleries called "Ethics," "Excess," and "Extinction."
  • The galleries feature images and embedded videos.
  • Accompanying text for each gallery and each piece of art provides context and background information.


  • Art students could explore this exhibition and create their own artwork on a specific endangered species.
  • The artwork is emotion provoking and some of the images may be upsetting for students. Students can journal about or discuss their feelings and the ethical dilemmas explored in the works.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made with biology classes by using this resource as an extension activity when studying animal extinction.
  • Here are other resources about animal extinctions, biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, ethics, and ecosystem dynamics.
Scientist Notes
This art piece exhibits the inhumane treatment accorded to animals and raises concern for a collective effort in protecting animals and biodiversity. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.9-12prof.b Analyze how experiencing visual imagery affects the viewer’s understanding of the world.
      • D.C1.9-12acc.b Evaluate the effectiveness of an image to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of various audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C2 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • D.C2.9-12prof Construct interpretations of artwork, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found both in the work and in various contexts.
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