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Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

​Bring the power of contemporary art into your classroom. Offering tours, MOCA’s yearlong professional development program Contemporary Art Start (CAS), special programs for visual art teachers, and more. 

Contemporary Art Start (CAS)

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

Contemporary Art Start (CAS) is a yearlong visual art and thinking skills program for 3rd-12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles County, with specialized tracks of professional development for 3rd-5th grade teachers and secondary interdisciplinary teams. Carefully aligned with the Common Core standards, CAS consists of 4 interconnected program elements that make a sustained impact during program enrollment and beyond:

  • extensive professional development both at MOCA and in the classroom (2 LAUSD salary points)
  • two class visits to MOCA, led by MOCA’s staff educators (1:10 staff to student ratio)
  • a sequenced, discussion-based classroom curriculum
  • family involvement opportunities throughout the year, including quarterly Sunday Studio programs and unlimited-use family passes for students

CAS targets visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skill development by training teachers to effectively use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a rigorous, inquiry-based discussion method, with carefully chosen works of art. With practice and coaching within the context of a supportive peer network, teachers also explore how VTS supports learning across the curriculum. 

Sign up
MOCA is accepting applications for CAS 2016-17 on a first-come, first-served basis now through May 20, 2016. 

​CAS for 3rd-5th Grade
Teachers sign up in pairs from the same school.

​​CAS for Secondary Interdisciplinary Teams​
Middle and high school teachers sign up in interdisciplinary teams of 2-5 members; one participant must be a visual art teacher.

FEE: $110 per teacher. Schools pay for fall bus; MOCA pays for spring bus.
INFO: 213-621-1706 or jhoel@moca.org

Tours for 3rd-12th Grade

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

Staff-Guided Tours (3rd-12th Grade)
Explore art at MOCA in a lively, discussion-based tour with MOCA Educators. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
FEE: $7 per student
INFO: 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

After making your reservation, prepare for a successful visit by watching MOCA's guided tour orientation video with your students:


Self-Guided Tours (3rd-12th Grade)
Self-guided tours for all accredited academic institutions are free; reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
FREE (reservation required)
INFO: 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

After making your reservation, prepare yourself and your students with our orientation video for self-guided groups:


Programs for Art Educators

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

​Think, Sync & Drink

Recharge with fellow K-12 art teachers and teachers-in-training at these semi-annual events that feature dynamic speakers, inspired curriculum from classrooms across Los Angeles, and festive networking over drinks and light eats.

To be added to our mailing list for upcoming events, please email jhoel@moca.org

Professional Development Workshops at Schools

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray
Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Sean MacGillivray

MOCA comes to you! We provide 1-2 hour, interactive workshops for school faculties to introduce MOCA programs and explore how looking at and thinking about art supports the Common Core standards.

FREE
INFO: 213/621-1706 or jhoel@moca.org



​​Education programs at MOCA are generously supported by the MOCA Projects Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Good Works Foundation, and the Michael Asher Foundation.

Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio is supported by the MOCA Projects Council, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Edison International, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., The Good Works Foundation, and Trigger Global/Jason and Sylvia Yim.