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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.  

Join our teacher mail list to receive information about upcoming programs.

Education at MOCA courtesy of Terri and Michael Smooke. Additional support provided by The Hearst Foundations, Blum & Poe, and Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. Contemporary Art Start at MOCA, including The Rebecca Smith Summer Institute endowed by Lois Rosen and The Len Hill Classroom Coaching Program made possible by The Leonard Hill Charitable Trust, is supported by Susan and David Gersh, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the MOCA Projects Council. Additional support by City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, California Arts Council, Michael Asher Foundation, Edison International, Nordstrom, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., and Macy’s.

Contemporary Art Start (CAS)

Contemporary Art Start (CAS) 2021-22 is no longer accepting applications.

In CAS, 3rd–12th grade educators from Los Angeles County embark upon a yearlong exploration of contemporary art and inquiry-based teaching. Through supportive PD sessions at MOCA and the Len Hill Classroom Coaching program, CAS teachers learn how to use Visual Thinking Strategies to facilitate dynamic, inclusive discussions about works of art kids care about. In the process of talking about increasingly challenging works of art, students build essential cognitive and social skills that make meaningful discussion possible, while learning how to think for themselves.

INFO: abebbington@moca.org

Join our teacher mailing list for upcoming opportunities for teachers. 

Tours for 3rd-12th Grade

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Nico Therin. 

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Nico Therin. 

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

Book a Tour

Prepare for your visit with this guide, which includes a pre-visit checklist, a map of the neighborhood for walking tours, and more.

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

Book a Tour

Prepare for your visit with this guide, which includes a pre-visit checklist, a map of the neighborhood for walking tours, and more.

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


Professional Development Workshops at Schools

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Nico Therin. 

Image courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Nico Therin. 

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

MOCA PD Lab

MOCA PD Lab convenes K-12 visual art teachers and teachers-in-training in a supportive community of practice to help center inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the visual art classroom.

Saturday, October 10, 9-11am via Zoom
RSVP Here 
FREE

Questions: 
jhoel@moca.org 

MOCA PD Lab is co-directed with Kristin Taylor, Assistant Professor of Art Education at CSU Northridge.