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From Elite to Street

An Online American Art History Course


American Art History: From Elite to Street is a dynamic, one-semester online course for high school students grades nine through twelve. This course offers students an engaging introduction to the rich and varied art of the United States from the Colonial Era to the early 21st century using complex audio, visual, and written texts. The course is Common Core and ILS (Fine Arts) aligned, providing .5 credit towards graduation. It enables student achievement through project-based lessons and unit assessments, and promotes student-centered discovery of local Chicago art in their own neighborhoods.


21st century students are often stuck in 19th century boxes. eBrigade enables public high school students to access the digital world by removing barriers to online learning opportunities. Through our work with high schools , we identified many students in need of online, credit-bearing fine arts courses. From Elite to Street offers students the chance to further develop and pursue their intellectual interests as well as help meet their graduation requirements. We are passionate and intentional about expanding their world view. While technology brings the world to our doorstep, people truly drive its power. Talented, tech-skilled teachers and staff are indispensable to enabling our youth to thrive and a key component of our model.

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To enroll your student or child in American Art History: From Elite to Street please visit the Illinois Virtual School. Click here to go to the IVS website.


Offering public high school students greater access to the digital world.
Student learning is only limited by the constraints we impose.

Since 2002, eBrigade, an initiative of the Blue Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, has supported and advocated the use of technology in the service of learning and teaching, particularly for high school students. Whether it’s Khan Academy helping 6th graders through reciprocal division or Harvard, Stanford and MIT offering online college courses for free—students across the globe are using technology to access the best learning, teaching and content the world has to offer. eBrigade focuses on providing for-credit enrichment courses not available within their school curriculum to open up the infinite world of digital learning. We enable young people to access online, original, for-credit enrichment course content any time, any place, any way. We provide scholarships to hundreds of Chicago public high school students and we are proud to announce the launch of our own, new online course, American Art History: From Elite to Street. This course aims to fill a gap in arts education for our youth. Blue Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation dedicated to expanding educational opportunities for young people and promoting lifelong cultural and civic engagement at all ages.

  • Mentor

    Onsite point person designated by principal — does not have to be a teacher

  • Accessibility

    Students guaranteed regular access to computers

  • Personality

    Careful selection of students — able to work on a more independent basis

  • Deliverables

    Report enrollments and final grades

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Blue Foundation

A 501(c)3 organization
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Clare Muñana

Clare Muñana has long been passionate about utilizing technology in the service of learning and teaching, and as such, initiated eBrigade in 2002. She believes that all students should have access to digital learning resources and works to provide educational opportunities for public high school students. Clare is President of Blue Foundation and Ancora Associates, her own management consulting firm.
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Charissa Armon

Project Manager
Charissa Armon administrates the Blue Foundation and as Project Manager, led the team that created, designed and developed From Elite to Street. She is currently investigating opportunities to expand the reach of the course nationally and internationally, and also serves as lead researcher and office administrator of Ancora Associates.
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Quality Matters

From Elite to Street is Quality Matters (QM) certified. Certification is only issued upon completion of a rigorous review by a peer review team of experienced online instructors who ensure that a course meets QM Rubric Standards. QM design standards are based on widely agreed-upon best practices and supported by a growing body of research.

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