by Diane Malzone, Rosa Parks High School

This WebQuest explores the music, art, and literature of the Harlem Renaissance, in an effort to give students a broader understanding of how the arts were interconnected in themes and ideas during this time. Students will use the knowledge from various web resources, in order to create their own Video Podcast of the Harlem Renaissance.


The Harlem Renaissance was the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem between the end of World War I and the middle of the 1930s. During the late 1800's and early 1900's many sourthern blacks moved north hoping to find opportunities in the northern industrial centers.  With this shift in population, the New York community of Harlem developed into the cultural center for  American blacks. This cultural movement encompassed music, art, and literature.


This WebQuest will allow you to step back in time  by conducting research and creating a Video Podcast to analyze the Harlem Renaissance and the artists whose work captured the general sentiments of African Americans of the time. The goal of this lesson is to understand the historical context of the Harlem Renaissance and what kind of impact it had on African Americans in the United States. You will be able to study writers musicians, and artists that shared one common purpose:  to prove that African Americans could excel in the arts and produce quality literature as well. 

Enjoy the sights & sounds!