Education at LACMA

Mission & Values

The mission of the museum's education department is to extend the museum experience in the fullest possible way to the widest possible audience, both present and future. Reflecting four key values, programs are:

    • Accessible – making the museum and programs on and off-site welcoming, approachable, and inclusive
    • Collection-focused – using works of art to lead to greater understanding and personal connections
    • Visitor-centered – responding to multiple learning styles and diverse audience needs and motivations
    • Transformative – fostering creativity and life-long learning to support personal growth and enable meaningful connections and enlightening experiences

Meet our full-time Education Department staff


Through Your Lens

In this afterschool program, middle school students explore the common language, practices, and strategies employed by artists and filmmakers. Over eight weeks, students create experimental films inspired by artworks in LACMA’s collection. They learn techniques for creating moving images with a focus on composition, perspective, and developing editing skills. Through Your Lens is taught on the school site and includes a visit to the museum. Learn More

For more information please email

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 Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, and the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust.

Bari Kumar: Remembering the Future
January 30, 2015—June 13, 2015

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

Shinque 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)

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.

Evaluation (PDF | 9.1mb)

Art Programs with the Community: LACMA On-Site is made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children’s Art Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Dr. Stanley Wachs and Lisa Moriyama, the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust, the Louis and Harold Price Foundation, The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing California, the Dryan-Felson Family, and the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation.