Schools & Communities

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Schools and Communities

LACMA has a long history of engagement with schools and community organizations throughout Southern California. A variety of education programs provide hands-on activities and discussions about art in classrooms, libraries, and public exhibition spaces throughout the region. LACMA also offers on-site and multi-visit programs at the museum for teachers, students, and their families.

Multivisit Programs

Multivisit programs are designed to extend and enrich students' museum and classroom experiences. Combining discussions and hands-on studio activities, these sessions take place at the museum, or in both the museum and the classroom.

After School at the Museum Grades 3-12

In this program LACMA collaborates with local schools to introduce students to the museum and its collections. Students come to the museum one afternoon per week for eight weeks, as musem instructors facilitate observing art, lead gallery activities, and guide art workshops. Sessions are designed sequentially to build on acquired concepts and skills. Transportation to and from the museum is provided. This program is limited to LAUSD schools that are in proximity to the museum or have an early-release time one day per week. Support for After School at the Museum was provided by the Lucille Ellis Simon Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Union Bank of California, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Dorothy Collins Brown Charitable Foundation, and Southern California Edison.


High School Internship Program

The High School Internship program offers a small group of students from LA-area public schools an opportunity to be introduced to the museum and its exhibitions and staff, take part in special projects, and work with exhibiting artists. Through training sessions, participants gain knowledge about exhibition and gallery teaching techniques and work on public-speaking skills. At the conclusion of their training, interns lead exhibition tours for younger students and peers. Funding for the High School Internship Program is made possible by the Winnick Family Foundation, The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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School Partnerships Art Programs with the Community: LACMA On-Site

LACMA continues its ongoing educational partnership with LAUSD, Compton, and Torrance Unified School Districts. Selected elementary and middle schools receive artist-led workshops, curriculum materials, and professional development opportunities. These programs and materials are designed to stimulate critical thinking, support creative expression, and provide meaningful experiences with art. These programs are made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children's Art Education Fund. Additional support is provided by the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.

Curriculum Materials
Evaluation (PDF | 9.1mb)


Free workshops are led by teaching artists from LACMA at the following Los Angeles Public Library branches. Ask the Children or Young Adult Librarian to confirm dates and times of workshops.

Find a library near you!

These programs are made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children's Art Education Fund.

Central Library 630 W. 5th St. LA, CA 90071
213 228-7000
Children's Literature: 213 228-7250
Teens: 213 228-7290
Spring and Winter Family Day

Arroyo Seco Regional Library 6145 N. Figueroa St. LA, CA 90042
323 255-0537
Families: Thursdays · 4 pm
Teens: Wednesdays · 4 pm

Ascot Branch Library 120 W. Florence Ave. LA, CA 90003
323 759-4817
Families: Thursdays · 3:30 pm

Cypress Park Branch Library 1150 Cypress Ave. LA, CA 90065
323 224-0039
Families: Mondays · 3:30 pm
Once a month

Echo Park Branch Library 1410 W. Temple St. LA, CA 90026
213 250-7808Families: Mondays · 4 pm
Once a month

Exposition Park Regional Library 3900 S. Western Ave. LA, CA 90062
323 290-3113
Families: Tuesdays · 4 pm

Fairfax Branch Library 161 S. Gardner St. LA, CA 90036
323 936-6191
Families: Wednesdays · 3 pm & 4 pm

Felipe de Neve Branch Library 2820 W. 6th St. LA, CA 90057
213 384-7676
Families: Thursdays · 4 pm

John Muir Branch Library 1005 W. 46th St. LA, CA 90044
323 789-4800
Families: Wednesdays · 4 pm

Junipero Serra Branch Library 4607 S. Main St. LA, CA 90037
323 234-1685
Families: 1st Friday · 4 pm

Los Feliz Branch Library 1874 Hillhurst Ave. LA, CA 90027
323 913-4710
Families: 1st Monday · 3:30 pm
Teens: 1st Tuesday · 4 pm

Mark Twain9621 S. Figueroa St. LA, CA 90003
323 755-4088
Families: 1st Thursday · 4 pm

Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch Library 694 S. Oxford Ave. LA, CA 90036
323 368-7647
Families: Mondays · 4 pm

Pico Union Branch Library 1030 S. Alvarado St. LA, CA 90006
213 368-7545
Families: Saturday · 2 pm
Teens: 2nd Friday · 4 pm

Vermont Square Branch Library 1201 W. 48th St. LA, CA 90037
323 290-7405
Families: Wednesdays · 4:30 pm

Vernon Branch Library 4504 S. Central Ave. LA, CA 90011
323 234-9106
Families: 3rd Friday · 4 pm
Teens: 1st Saturday · 12 pm

Washington Irving4117 W. Washington Blvd, LA CA 90018
323 734-6303
Teens: 3rd Saturday · 4 pm

Watts Branch Library 10205 Compton Ave. LA, CA 90002
323 789-2850
Families: Fridays · 4 pm


Charles White Elementary School Gallery
2401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

These programs are made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children's Art Education Fund.

Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts
January 24, 2014—June 6, 2014

Shinique Smith: Firsthand
February 9, 2013—July 19, 2013


A is for Zebra
December 2, 2011—March 30, 2012

L.A. Icons: Urban Light & Watts Towers
October 15, 2010—March 31, 2011


Journeys | Recorridos
December 12,2008—February 26, 2010

View the Book (PDF | 3.8mb)

November 7, 2007—June 8, 2008

View the Book(PDF | 947mb)