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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 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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MOCA Education Symposium: Creating Public Value in the Age of Uncivil Discourse

Friday, April 19

9am-Noon
Noon-3pm: lunch and afternoon workshops (space is limited)

FREE; RSVP required 

How might museums foster more inclusive, democratic dialogue and greater cultural understanding as these critical elements of civil discourse appear to fade from public life? Learn how MOCA and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (Mia) are impacting their communities through education initiatives that help people better understand one another, one discussion at a time. 

Karleen Gardner, Director of Learning Innovation at Mia, will discuss how her museum is partnering with social scientists to research how object-based strategies and dialogical engagement with art can be catalysts for fostering emotional and cognitive connections. 

Jeanne Hoel, Associate Director of Education, School & Teacher Programs at MOCA will share dramatic findings for both students and teachers from an evaluation of the museum’s yearlong, discussion-based classroom partnership program, Contemporary Art Start (CAS). 

Delve deeper with colleagues over lunch and choose between afternoon breakout workshops with each of the presenters (space is limited).

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

Contemporary Art Start (CAS)

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. 

Contemporary Art Start 2019-20 

Transform your classroom community with the power of contemporary art. Contemporary Art Start (CAS) is MOCA’s award-winning classroom partnership program serving 3rd-12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles County. CAS invests in teachers and students by supporting active connections to the art of our time, critical discussion skills, classroom community-building, learner-centered teaching, arts integration, and reflective practice. CAS includes hands-on professional development, two guided museum visits, classroom curriculum, and family involvement opportunities over the course of each year.

Want to learn more? Book a free, interactive faculty presentation at your school about the kind of learning and teaching that happens in CAS. 

Application deadline for 2019-2020: April 26, 2019
Cost: $110 per teacher. Schools pay for fall bus; MOCA pays for spring bus.

Application for 3rd-5th Grade
Application for Middle and High School

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

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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)

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

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:


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

Reflect and connect with fellow passionate art educators in MOCA's professional development program created exclusively for art teachers.

We are a working group of K-12 and higher ed art educators who meet monthly to reflect on our teaching practice, create revitalizing action research projects, and participate in hands-on artistic experiences together. MOCA PD Lab members also collaboratively plan larger community events for Los Angeles art teachers at MOCA.  

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