Our Mission

The Art Assignment is an educational video series produced in partnership with PBS Digital Studios that focuses on the creative process and the act of making. The series is anchored by episodes that introduce you to emerging and established artists, each of whom devise and share an assignment that relates to their approach to art and serves as an open call for makers across the globe. Celebrating risk-taking in the creative process, The Art Assignment exposes you to alternative approaches to art-making and the most innovative minds in art today.

Seeking to demystify contemporary art for broad audiences, The Art Assignment teaches art history through the lens of the present. Assignment episodes feature animated sequences that bring art history to life and provide context for the assignments, linking each activity to techniques used by artists in the past. The series also includes videos that present the work of artists from the past century in ways that emphasize their relevance today, with videos such as The Case for Mark Rothko and Fierce Women of Art. Other videos explore common questions about and responses to art, including What’s a Curator?, How to Critique, and I Could Do That.

A vibrant community of participants has built up around the series, and thousands of artworks have been made and shared in response to the assignments. Community responses are routinely highlighted through social media and in videos that demonstrate the breadth of work generated by each challenge.

Whether it is used as a classroom tool or experienced at home, The Art Assignment works to demonstrate the diversity, accessibility, and relevance of art being made now and in the recent past.