CAAM’s Education Department makes available a broad range of programming and events designed to serve the needs of the greater Los Angeles community. Our focus is to provide a variety of enriching, entertaining and enlightening learning experiences, to serve as a resource for diverse communities and to broaden public awareness of the artistic, historical and cultural contributions of African Americans and how other cultures intersect with African American history, art and culture.
Films @ CAAM - A series of three thematically linked, mostly first run, documentary films screened during the months of April, June, August and November. Click here for the current film screenings.
Shorts @ CAAM - During the second weekend of August, a two day screening showcase is offered for independent film makers to present their short films. Submission and selection process required.
Get on the Bus Tours - Starting and ending at CAAM, patrons board a luxury bus headed into the community to view artists’ studios, public artworks, or iconic artistic and cultural landmarks such as The Golden State Mutual Insurance Company and Murals, St. Elmo Village, Watts Towers and Watts Towers Art Center and others. RSVP and a nominal fee are required to reserve a seat. Tours are scheduled throughout the year. Check website and Museum Notes for details.
Plays in 10 @ CAAM - Playwrights and actors are invited to perform original short plays before CAAM audiences. Submission and audition process required.
Carter G. Woodson African American History Series - During February for Black History Month a series of four scholarly classes are offered at CAAM on the weekends. The sessions might be thematically linked or cover a variety of topics related to African American history, art or culture. Sessions are facilitated by esteemed academicians from UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount and others.
Ears are Burning, Children are Learning - In celebration of National Children’s Book Week, CAAM offers an annual Literacy Day which includes celebrity readers, local authors, arts and crafts workshops, live entertainment, book sellers on site, and book give-ways. CAAM volunteers and staff fan out throughout the community and read in classrooms and libraries.
Cake for King - An annual all day birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. every year on January 15th that includes a mini photo exhibition on Dr. King, documentary films screenings, an art activity and stories in galleries. The celebration concludes with the serving of birthday cake to all in attendance.
Young Voices @ CAAM: Teen Summit - 100 high school students from differing demographics are brought together for a full day visitation at CAAM to learn more about each other, tour the galleries, engage in focused discussion and create art.
Buses and Docents Program - CAAM will award Title l schools the costs of one bus and docent lead tour. This is made possible through grants and is honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teachers can apply once within a school year. For further information contact: Karen Lewis at (213) 744-7680.
Educators’ Open House - Every August teachers, counselors, administrators and parents are invited to CAAM for an overview of youth and school related programs and services. There are tours, activities and historical information about the museum provided.
Art Workshops - A wide range of art or literary workshops are provided for all ages on the weekends facilitated by professional artists. These workshops serve to further embellish themes or artistic techniques in CAAM exhibitions. In addition, Ryman Arts Inc. (July) and The Big Draw (October) offer one time art workshops at CAAM. Check website for details.
For queries regarding CAAM Education programs, call Elise Woodson, Education Curator at (213) 744-7536.