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    Noah’s Ark at the Skirball

    Pre-K–Grade 2 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

    Registration for this program is now closed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Welcome aboard! Inside the Skirball's award-winning destination Noah's Ark at the Skirball—featuring animals crafted from repurposed everyday objects—students learn about the value of community and collaboration by engaging in hands-on learning experiences such as storytelling, music making, building and exploring, and caring for the Ark's inhabitants.

    Be a “Build a Better World” school!—Grade 1 and 2 teachers, interested in learning about community service with your class? Check the "Build a Better World" box on the registration form to be eligible for a special project designed to teach students about empathy, collaboration, and civic responsibility—beginning on the Noah’s Ark school tour and continuing in your classroom. Select schools will receive an in-school follow-up lesson especially created for your class, led by a Skirball educator in coordination with a community partner organization.

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    Summer Noah’s Ark Program

    Pre-K–Grade 2 Tour
    Offered select Wednesdays and Fridays, July–August 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 15–50 students per tour

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    Schools, camps, and organizations with summer programs are invited to board Noah’s Ark at the Skirball for an interactive tour. Young visitors become a part of the Ark’s community through storytelling, music making, close looking and observation, and collaborating to care for the Ark’s inhabitants.
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    After-School Noah’s Ark Program

    Pre-K–Grade 2 Tour
    Offered Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    Limited to 15–50 students

    Registration for this program is now closed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Organizations with after-school programs are invited to register for facilitated, interactive visits to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. Tours are available on selected Tuesdays afternoons, during public Museum hours, throughout the school year. Each program includes educator-led activities along with exploration time aboard Noah’s Ark. 
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    Journey Through Time: Stories of the Jewish People

    Grade 2 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

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    Through storytelling, dramatic play, and exploration of objects in the Museum's core exhibition, students gain a greater understanding of Jewish culture. Journeying back in time, they travel a route to ancient Israel, become merchants at a trading post along the Silk Road to China, visit fifteenth-century Spain, and move into a crowded house in an Eastern European village. Each class completes an art project inspired by Patricia Polacco’s book The Keeping Quilt.

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    The Okee Dokee Brothers

    K–Grade 2 School Performance
    November 13, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Grammy-winning band the Okee Dokee Brothers plays bluegrass and American roots music with witty lyrics about the great outdoors. Through the group’s upbeat, original tunes, students gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities, and themselves. Taking care of the earth never sounded this good!

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    José-Luis Orozco

    K–Grade 2 School Performance
    February 5, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Sing, dance, and clap along with popular musician and author José-Luis Orozco as he takes students on a captivating journey through Latin American culture. Orozco performs traditional Latin American children’s songs along with original compositions from his catalogue of award-winning albums.

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    At Home in L.A.

    Grade 3 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

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    This interactive program celebrates Los Angeles’s incredible diversity and the universal values of teaching and learning, hospitality, and caring for the earth. Students make music together, discuss their own families’ cultural celebrations around a Jewish holiday table, explore major life events through objects, and create a take-home project related to community service.

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    Architecture at the Skirball

    Grade 4 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

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    Students discover the art and science of architecture by exploring the dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces of the expansive Skirball campus, designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A take-home architecture sketchbook helps students capture the lines, measurements, and textures of the Skirball's unique campus. Students then act as architects and civic planners as they engage in a collaborative building project.

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    Americans and Their Family Stories

    Grade 5 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies

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    Students explore commonalities and differences among immigrant stories from around the world by examining artifacts from a variety of cultures and time periods. Through immersive storytelling, students re-enact the American immigrant experience at the turn of the twentieth century by undergoing the inspection process at Ellis Island, attending public school in 1908, and searching for an occupation in a bustling New York City neighborhood.

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    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

    Grades 5–8 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday, April–May 2016 only, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Since the nineteenth century, baseball has been an integral thread in the fabric of American life. Immigrants and their descendants saw baseball as a pathway to understanding American values and culture. Baseball also served as a way for members of diverse ethnic and racial groups to identify as American. By exploring the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, students consider this rich intersection of American sport and culture 
by examining historical artifacts, engaging with exhibition interactives, and participating in group activities.

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    Allegretto and Espinoza

    Grades 3–5 School Performance
    October 16, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Learn more about California history as you snap, clap, and sing along to the down-home rhythms of traditional songs of the West, performed by Gary Allegretto on harmonica and Ian Espinoza on guitar. Enjoy a whirlwind tour of American music, from blues to folk to honky-tonk swing and cowboy ballads.

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    Persephone’s Watch by VanguardRep

    Grades 4–5 School Performance
    December 4, 2015 OR December 11, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Back by popular demand! This highly imaginative, interactive theater piece created especially for Skirball audiences uses dramatic narrative, music, and multimedia to introduce students to the power of storytelling and its larger purpose: to pass knowledge and memories from one generation to the next.

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    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

    Grades 5–8 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday, April–May 2016 only, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Language Arts

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Since the nineteenth century, baseball has been an integral thread in the fabric of American life. Immigrants and their descendants saw baseball as a pathway to understanding American values and culture. Baseball also served as a way for members of diverse ethnic and racial groups to identify as American. By exploring the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, students consider this rich intersection of American sport and culture 
by examining historical artifacts, engaging with exhibition interactives, and participating in group activities.

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    Archaeology of the Near East

    Grade 6 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Science

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    At the Skirball’s Archaeology Discovery Center and outdoor archaeological dig site, modeled after an ancient town discovered in the Near East, students use authentic tools of the trade to excavate “artifacts,” collect and analyze findings, and present hypotheses about the history, commerce, religion, and cultural practices of people from the Iron Age. Students examine ancient artifacts and replicas to make connections between life in the ancient world and today.

    Note: In case of rain, an indoor alternative will be substituted for the dig-site activity.

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    Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories

    Grade 8 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

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    By looking closely at historical artifacts and discussing contemporary and historical issues in immigration, students uncover the stories of American Jewish immigrants from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and consider how they are similar to and different than immigrants’ experiences today. 

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    Buyepongo

    Grades 6–8 School Performance
    October 2, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

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    With a mission to “make the world dance,” local band Buyepongo draws heavily from African American and Latino musical cultures, hip-hop, and the “roots” music of the Caribbean. Students are taken on an exhilarating exploration of a distinctly diverse L.A. sound through driving conga beats, pulsing bass, and a grooving horn section.

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    Capoeira Brasil

    Grades 6–8 School Performance
    January 22, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Students and teachers alike will be up on their feet for this energetic and inspiring performance that combines movement, music, and skilled athleticism. Rooted in an Afro-Brazilian tradition originally created by slaves, capoeira is a unique fusion of martial arts and dance. Capoeira Brasil brings South American culture and history to life through this interactive production.

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    Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

    Grades 9–12 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday, October 2015–February 2016 only, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    How and why do members of minority groups face discrimination? When do we as Americans fall short of our democratic ideals, and what are our responsibilities to one another? These questions are central to exploring the exhibition Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, featuring photographs by Ansel Adams and other artists, as well as supplementary materials that tell the story of Japanese American internment during World War II. By studying and discussing photographs, artifacts, and first-person accounts of heroes who fought to preserve their civil liberties, students learn about critical moments in U.S. history and consider their relevance to American society today.

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    Baseball, Social Change, and Civil Rights

    Grades 9–12 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday, April–May 2016 only, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Language Arts

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Baseball is more than just a game, it’s a reflection of American values and national identity. Immigrants and their descendants saw baseball as a pathway for understanding American values and culture. Baseball also served as a way for immigrants from diverse ethnic and racial groups, who often faced legal and social barriers, to assert themselves as Americans. Students visit the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American and explore baseball as a platform for civil rights, social justice, and social change. They view and discuss primary sources and, in the process, build media literacy and research skills.

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    Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Grades 9–12 Film Screening and Discussion
    March 9, 2016 OR March 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the nineteenth century is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? In this independent documentary, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun goes on a journey of discovery to uncover the phenomenon of plastic permanence. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns about various solutions in which we can all participate. After the screening, students discuss how they can lessen the impact of environmental degradation and change their own behavior as well that of other members of their communities.

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    The Graduates/Los Graduados

    Grades 9–12 Film Screening and Discussion
    March 16, 2016 OR March 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    The Graduates/Los Graduados explores the realities of education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy, this bilingual, two-part film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will determine America’s future and how they managed to succeed in school despite the odds that were stacked against them. After the screening, students discuss strategies for taking ownership of their own educations and the ways in which community building and activism can positively impact their futures.

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    Seen and Heard: Teens Document Civic Life in L.A.

    Grades 9–12 In-School Residency
    October–December, 2015 • six-to-eight-week program; approximately 2 hours per week

    Eligibility: High school social studies, humanities, language arts, visual arts (including media arts, photography), and performing arts students, and/or interested after-school groups. (One class; minimum 20 students, maximum 40 students.)

    The residency is FREE of charge to participating schools.
    Applications are due September 1, 2015.

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    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, this intensive high school residency program explores some of the critical civic issues facing students today in the diverse and complex cultural landscape of Los Angeles. Through research, writing, and audio and video production, students embark on an investigation of American identity and democracy, and work with a professional teaching artist to create original, collaborative works that will be presented at their school and at the Skirball.

    Teachers must have full administrative support and be involved in the planning and implementation process.

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