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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

MOCA makes education more collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered, and nurtures intellectual growth through transformative experiences with contemporary art. Find support and inspiration through tours, professional development offerings, and our award-winning classroom partnership program, Contemporary Art Start.  

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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 MOCA’s yearlong classroom partnership program connecting 3rd-12th grade Los Angeles-area students and teachers to the transformative power of contemporary art. CAS combines teacher training, classroom curriculum, multiple museum visits for students, and family involvement opportunities to make a lasting impact over the course of the school year. CAS seeks to increase the presence of contemporary art in schools; nurture intellectual growth through experiences with contemporary art; and create a community of practice among educators that supports critical reflection. 

Offering specialized tracks of instruction for 3rd-5th grade and secondary teachers, each year, CAS serves approximately 100 teachers and 5,000 students across Los Angeles County. Since its founding in 1986, CAS has reached over 3,000 teachers and 100,000 students in the Los Angeles area. 

MOCA is now accepting applications for CAS 2018-19. Priority will be given to schools in South Los Angeles.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 4, 2018. Participants will be notified of program acceptance by April 20.

COST (2018-19): $110 per teacher. Schools are responsible for fall museum transportation; MOCA pays for spring transportation. 

One LAUSD salary point for first-year CAS participants.

APPLICATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION:

CAS for 3rd-5th Grade 2018-19

- CAS for Secondary Interdisciplinary Teams 2018-19

Questions? Please contact Jeanne Hoel at 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: How Might We…?
Thursday, October 26, 5-9pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
FREE; RSVP required (space is limited)

How might professional challenges—related to curriculum development, time management, professional support, etc.—be framed as creative opportunities to explore with fellow K-12 art educators? Discuss the possibilities during this informal evening of big ideas and constructive dialogue at MOCA. Enjoy self-guided time in galleries, a reception complete with free mocktails, light bites, and maker stations, and select from participant-generated discussion topics that address challenges and opportunities facing art educators today.

Schedule of events:
5pm: Check-in and self-guided time in the galleries
6pm: Reception
7pm: Presentation: Using the Question ‘How Might We…?’ to Reframe Critical Conversations
7:30pm: Breakout discussions 
8:30pm: Closing discussion
9pm: Adjourn

PARKING is available for $9 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage 

Click here to RSVP.

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

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