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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 15–50 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—filled with animals crafted from recycled materials and everyday objects—students participate in a variety of hands-on learning experiences such as storytelling, music making, close looking and observation, physical challenges, and collaborating to care for the Ark's inhabitants.

    Be a “Build a Better World” school!—Grade 2 teachers, interested in learning about community service with your class? Check the "Build a Better World" box on the online 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 with support from Skirball educators and community partner organizations. Select schools will receive an in-school lesson led by a Skirball educator.


    Summer Noah’s Ark school programs—Summer Noah’s Ark school programs are open to year-round schools, pre-schools, and summer programs serving Pre-K through Grade 2 students.

    Registration for this program is now closed. Registration opens again April 2015.


    After-School Programs in Noah’s Ark
    Offered Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    Limited to 15–50 students

    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. 

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

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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 15–50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: 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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    Through immersive storytelling and exploration of objects in the Museum's permanent collection, 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 also re-enacts the Hanukkah story through dramatic play, and completes an art project inspired by Patricia Polacco’s book The Keeping Quilt.

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    Street Beat

    Grades 1–4 School Performance
    Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

    This program has now passed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Street Beat is an urban rhythm-and-dance company that uses household items and found objects as percussion instruments. Featuring an array of musical styles from around the world—from West African to Cuban to jazz—this high-energy performance had students up on their feet, learning new rhythms as they played along.

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    Aaron Nigel Smith—Reggae for Kids!

    K–Grade 2 School Performance
    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 60 students

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

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    Portland-based musician Aaron Nigel Smith performs lively, reggae-inspired songs that get the audience playing, singing, and dancing. Smith’s songs focus on community and harmony, and encourage students and teachers to sing and move together.

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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 15–50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: 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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    Los Angeles’s incredible diversity and the cross-cultural values of teaching and learning, hospitality, and caring for the earth are celebrated in this interactive program. 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 15–50 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Mathematics, 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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    Students discover the art and science of architecture by exploring the dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces of the 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 themselves through 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 15–60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies

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

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    Students discover the art and science of architecture by exploring the dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces of the 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 themselves through a collaborative building project.

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    VanguardRep

    Grades 3–5 School Performance
    Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

    This program has now passed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    The award-winning, Los Angeles–based theater company VanguardRep presented an exciting and interactive theater piece, combining dance, music, media projection, and storytelling. This original play told the story of a child who goes on a journey into the past to better understand the present.

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    Street Beat

    Grades 1–4 School Performance
    Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

    This program has now passed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    Street Beat is an urban rhythm-and-dance company that uses household items and found objects as percussion instruments. Featuring an array of musical styles from around the world—from West African to Cuban to jazz—this high-energy performance had students up on their feet, learning new rhythms as they played along.

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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 15–60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Science

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

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    At the Skirball’s Archaeology Discovery Center and in a simulated archaeological site modeled after an ancient town discovered in the Near East, students use authentic tools of the trade to explore the history, commerce, religion, and cultural practices of people from the Iron Age, and compare life today with life in the ancient past.

    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 15–60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: 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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    Through interaction with historical artifacts and discussion of contemporary issues in immigration, students uncover the stories of American Jewish immigrants from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and consider how they compare to immigrants’ experiences today. A take-home scrapbook further helps the students capture these historical stories, as well as their own.

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    If You Build It

    Grades 7–12 Film Screening
    Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

    This program has now passed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    This documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural North Carolina, where they work with high school students on a year-long design-and-build project. In the process, the students discover their own potential and the power of collective action to shape public space. The program included a panel discussion with local designers, architects, and community advocates (2013, 85 min.)

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    American Identity: Immigration in the Age of Diversity

    Grades 9–12 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 15–60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies

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

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    Through encounters with artifacts and stories in the Museum galleries, students delve into the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American Jewish experience, explore commonalities and differences among immigrant groups in the United States, and consider how contemporary immigration issues affect family, heritage, culture, and public policy.

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    Light & Noir: Exhibition Tour and Film Screening

    Grades 9–12 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday, November 2014–February 2015, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Limited to 15–60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: 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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    What is film noir and what is its relationship to American immigration and cultural history? By exploring the Skirball exhibitions Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 and The Noir Effect, students explore the historical and contemporary relevance of the noir sensibility and the central role that immigrants fleeing Nazi Germany played in its creation. The tour includes a lunch break and an interactive presentation featuring clips from noteworthy period dramas.

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    Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

    Grades 9–12 School Tour
    Offered Tuesday–Friday during Spring 2015, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 15–60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

    To request this tour, e-mail education@skirball.org.

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    Students take a rockin’ journey through two momentous decades in American musical history—the ’60s and ’70s—by touring the Skirball exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Immersive gallery experiences, vintage rock posters, and historical artifacts from the period shed light on this era of cultural change and on music’s powerful role in raising awareness about social and civic issues. The exhibition’s subject, rock impresario Bill Graham, was a pioneer whose early experiences as a European Jewish orphan and American immigrant influenced his career and social beliefs.

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    BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company

    Grades 9–12 School Performance
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

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    Through a lively performance, renowned Los Angeles–based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC brought the joy of dance to their audience and demonstrated how movement can be a powerful form of storytelling and self-expression.

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  • Two boys and a girl constructing something out of wood

    If You Build It

    Grades 7–12 Film Screening
    Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

    This program has now passed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    This documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural North Carolina, where they work with high school students on a year-long design-and-build project. In the process, the students discover their own potential and the power of collective action to shape public space. The program included a panel discussion with local designers, architects, and community advocates (2013, 85 min.)

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    Documented

    Grades 9–12 Film Screening
    Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
    Limited to 60 students

    This program has now passed. Registration for the 2015–2016 school year opens July 14, 2015.

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    In 2011, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wrote an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in which he identified himself as an undocumented immigrant. Documented chronicles Vargas’s journey to America, his burgeoning career as an activist for immigration reform, and his process of reconnecting with his mother, whom he'd left behind in the Philippines. This program also included a panel discussion with students and local experts on immigration reform. (2013, 90 min.)

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