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        The Last Conquistador: Should Tax Dollars Fund Controversial Art?

        This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, The Last Conquistador, the story of a controversial public arts project that some view as a monument to culture and others as a glorification of genocide. Classrooms can use this lesson to role-play how city leaders might make a decision about spending tax dollars on art that is divisive. Students can also consider public art in their community and develop proposals for new art projects that would provide the perspectives of underrepresented communities.

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        The Last Conquistador: The Controversy Surrounding the Sculpture (Clip 1 of 2)

        The first clip associated with The Last Conquistador lesson plan shows opposing viewpoints on a controversial statue in El Paso, Texas. Some view it as a monument to culture and others as a glorification of genocide. Students should discuss how art can contribute to a community's sense of history and other questions from The Last Conquistador note-taking guide (PDF).

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        The Last Conquistador: City Council Meeting (Clip 2 of 2)

        The second clip associated with The Last Conquistador lesson plan shows a city council meeting in El Paso Texas, where the costly building of a controversial monument is debated. Students should discuss if tax dollars should be spent on such a controversial sculpture and other questions from The Last Conquistador note-taking guide (PDF).

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