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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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed

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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. In partnership with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, teachers have the option to apply for a mini-grant of $200 to complete a community service campaign in which students identify a local community problem, develop a plan for a solution, and take action.


    Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots


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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

    Please email education@skirball.org for more information on registering your group for the After-School Noah’s Ark Program.

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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 select 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays 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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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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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    Mister G

    K–Grade 2 School Performance
    Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this performance is now closed.

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    Award-winning musician Mister G leads students in an interactive set that spans genres, from bluegrass to bossa nova, from funk to folk. Hailed as a “kid-friendly bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, Mister G received the 2015 Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best Children’s Album and is a two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner. Students, get ready to sing along and rock out!

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    The Joshua Show

    K–Grade 2 School Performance
    Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for these performances is now closed.

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    Awarded Best Performance and Audience Favorite at the Puppeteers of America’s 2013 National Festival, The Joshua Show features New York–based puppeteer Joshua Holden and his endearing sock puppet, Mr. Nicholas. Through puppetry, live music, physical comedy, tap dancing, and more, The Joshua Show teaches students how to celebrate their differences, be themselves, empathize with others, and find joy in everyday life.

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    Summer Noah’s Ark Program

    Pre-K–Grade 2 Tour
    Offered select Wednesdays and Fridays, July–August 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Limited to 15–50 students per tour

    Registration for this program is now closed. Registration for summer 2017 will open in April 2017.

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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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    At Home in L.A.

    Grade 3 School Tour
    Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during school year, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour
    CA state standards covered: Social Studies

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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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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    Read about one classroom’s Americans and Their Family Stories experience

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    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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    Baseball is more than just a game: it’s a reflection of American values and our evolving sense of national identity. Since the nineteenth century, immigrants and their descendants have viewed baseball as a pathway to understanding American ideals and culture. For members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, baseball has mirrored examples of dis­crimination in the broader culture while also serving as a platform for change. Visit the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American to explore this rich intersection of American sport and culture. Students will examine compelling artifacts, engage with exhibition interactives, and participate in group activities. 

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    Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.

    Grades 4–8 School Tour
    Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 2016–March 2017 only, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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    What makes Pop Art pop? Inspired by comic books, everyday objects, and popular culture, artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) helped launch the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. Discover how the artist created largescale, colorful prints with a team of collaborators in the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Learn about Lichtenstein’s perspective on American culture, his groundbreaking visual style, and the power of printmaking as a way to communicate big ideas. The tour features both a gallery experience designed to build students’ visual literacy skills and an artist-led workshop in which students experiment with printmaking techniques.

  • Cambalache

    Cambalache

    Grades 3–5 School Performance
    Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this performance is now closed.

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    Cambalache, which means “exchange,” is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles that plays son jarocho, a style of music originally from the Caribbean side of Mexico. In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, students will dance along to this vibrant music, which showcases the African, Spanish, and indigenous influences of Latin America.

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  • Hands On'Semble

    Hands On’Semble

    Grades 3–5 School Performance
    Friday, March 3, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this performance is now closed.

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    Los Angeles–based Hands On’Semble is a contemporary percussion group devoted to the art of hand drumming. Since it was founded in 1997, Hands On’Semble has come to define the state of world percussion on the West Coast. Students will embark on a participatory, percussive tour around the world with performers Randy Gloss, Andrew Grueschow, and Austin Wrinkle.

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    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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    Baseball is more than just a game: it’s a reflection of American values and our evolving sense of national identity. Since the nineteenth century, immigrants and their descendants have viewed baseball as a pathway to understanding American ideals and culture. For members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, baseball has mirrored examples of discrimination in the broader culture while also serving as a platform for change. Visit the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American to explore this rich intersection of American sport and culture. Students will examine compelling artifacts, engage with exhibition interactives, and participate in group activities.

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    Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.

    Grades 4–8 School Tour
    Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 2016–March 2017 only, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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    What makes Pop Art pop? Inspired by comic books, everyday objects, and popular culture, artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) helped launch the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. Discover how the artist created largescale, colorful prints with a team of collaborators in the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Learn about Lichtenstein’s perspective on American culture, his groundbreaking visual style, and the power of printmaking as a way to communicate big ideas. The tour features both a gallery experience designed to build students’ visual literacy skills and an artist-led workshop in which students experiment with printmaking techniques.

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    Archaeology of the Near East

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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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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 Tuesdays. Wednesdays, and Fridays 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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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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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    Matuto

    Grades 6–8 School Performance
    Friday, September 16, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this performance is now closed.

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    Celebrate cultural exchange with Matuto, a New York–based band that draws on diverse musical influences—from the sounds of Brazil’s spirited Carnival to American roots music and the haunting melodies of Appalachian folksingers. Students learn about the musical and historical intersections between these diverse traditions in this lively performance of world music.

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  • Versa-Style

    Versa-Style

    Grades 6–8 School Performance
    Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this performance is now closed.

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    Versa-Style, an ensemble of young dancers who reflect the diversity and beautiful complexity of Los Angeles, presents high-energy contemporary dance. Fusing hip-hop, salsa, and Afro-Cuban dance, the dancers explore history, social justice, and the power of creativity in a performance that invites students to get on their feet and dance!

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    Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

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

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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    Baseball is more than just a game: it’s a reflection of American values and our evolving sense of national identity. Since the nineteenth century, immigrants and their descendants have viewed baseball as a pathway to understanding American ideals and culture. For members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, baseball has mirrored examples of dis­crimination in the broader culture while also serving as a platform for change. 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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    Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.

    Grades 9–12 School Tour
    Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 2016–March 2017 only, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Limited to 60 students per tour

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this school program is now closed.

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    What makes Pop Art pop? Inspired by comic books, everyday objects, and popular culture, artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) helped launch the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. Discover how the artist created largescale, colorful prints with a team of collaborators in the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Learn about Lichtenstein’s perspective on American culture, his groundbreaking visual style, and the power of printmaking as a way to communicate big ideas. The tour features both a gallery experience designed to build students’ visual literacy skills and an artist-led workshop in which students experiment with printmaking techniques.

  • Watts Village Theater Company

    Watts Village Theater Company

    Grades 9–12 School Performance
    Friday, February 3, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Due to a high volume of applications, registration for this performance is now closed.

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    Watts Village Theater Company presents Riot/Rebellion, a study of the 1965 Watts Riots, when the struggles of race, class, and power exploded in a once-ignored neighborhood of Los Angeles. Through first-person interviews interwoven with theatrical performances, students learn about this momentous period in local and national history, which still has great relevance today. The show’s message of empowerment and harmony emphasizes the role we each play in making a difference in our community, and the importance of not letting our voices, or those of our community, be silenced. After the performance, students participate in a dialogue with the performers.

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  • In-School Residency

    From Issues to Action: Art Making for Democracy

    Grades 9–12 In-School Residency
    January–March 2017 • Eight-to-ten-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.)

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    Presented in partnership with Action Civics LA, an organization that develops and enhances civic learning and engagement opportunities for youth, this high school residency program encourages students to explore their experiences, knowledge, and perspectives to identify critical issues related to democracy and civic life. Working with professional teaching artists, students embark on an investigation of their identity within American society, developing their own creative projects that can act as platforms for action. The program concludes with students presenting their original, collaborative work for their peers at the Skirball.

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