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K-12 Students and Teachers

The Fowler Museum at UCLA invites K-12 students and teachers to experience global arts and cultures through gallery Conversations, self-guided K-12 visits, teacher institutes, curriculum resources, as well as co-designed workshops that take place on and off campus.

Online reservations for both gallery Conversations and self-guided visits are required at least two weeks in advance. All visits are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are committed to removing financial barriers by offering all K-12 schools free admission; no fees are associated with guided or self-guided tours. The Fowler is unable to accept unsolicited applications for bus scholarships.

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Gallery Conversations (grades 6-12)

Led by Fowler Student Educators, “Conversations” for grades 6–12 take place in the Fowler’s Intersections: World Art, Local Lives gallery. They are followed by hands-on art-making activities and guided writing exercises, and serve Common Core Standards.

Facilitated dialogues in the gallery focus on themes of liberation, leadership, wellness, and the environment; and highlight diverse systems of knowledge from various cultural communities around the globe. Conversations support such areas as social studies/history, visual arts, ethnic studies, as well as social-emotional learning in the classrooms. 

Each guided visit can accommodate a maximum of 50 students. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required. Visits are scheduled for 90 minutes, unless otherwise noted.

Self-Guided K-12 Visits

Ready to lead your own tour of the Fowler Museum? Self-guided groups are welcome to explore any of the museum’s current exhibitions.

Self-guided tours for school groups are available Wednesdays through Fridays, when the museum is open to the general public. Each self-guided visit accommodates a maximum of 35 students. Schools wishing to bring larger groups may request multiple self-guided visits on the same day, contingent on space availability. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required.

Curriculum Resources

The curriculum guides below are designed to aid in classroom learning about the Fowler’s past exhibitions.

Click on the images to access each guide.

Parking Instructions for School Buses

For groups arriving to the Fowler on a school bus, free parking is available approximately 5-10 minutes’ walk from the museum. Directions to the designated bus zone:

  •     Enter campus from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza
  •     Take the first right onto Charles Young Drive
  •     Park along the right side of the street, across from the athletic fields

Fowler in the City

We welcome opportunities to co-design K–12 engagements with regional collaborators. Projects should focus on the museum’s current exhibitions. 

Impressions of Identity and Culture with Self Help Graphics and Art 

In Spring 2022, the Fowler co-designed a block-printing workshop with Self Help Graphics and Art (SHG), inspired by the Fowler exhibition Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top EndThis workshop was hosted in different neighborhoods of Los Angeles and enjoyed by various communities.

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The Power of Self-Representation with Las Fotos Project + Alma López 

Inspired by the museum’s exhibition Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s–1990s, this self-portraiture workshop was hosted by the Fowler Museum in collaboration with photographer Alma López. The workshop consisted of two sessions on consecutive Sunday afternoons, October 10 and 17, 2021. 

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Teacher Institutes

The Fowler Teacher Institutes aim to stimulate curiosity, expand knowledge, and develop respect for people from all over the world. They are designed as free professional development opportunities for LAUSD Title I teachers, who are eligible for one salary point credit, pending approval by LAUSD. Through these institutes, the Fowler meets a crucial need of teachers across Southern California for free training in global cultural traditions.

Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist and Muslim Communities

“Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities” is designed as a free opportunity for educators teaching grades 6-12 to learn about Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam through the lens of “Lived Religion.” The goal of this program is to support teachers in moving beyond the “dates and doctrines” approach and equip them with knowledge, resources, and pedagogies to explore how religion is lived and experienced in people’s everyday lives.

This institute will focus specifically on Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim communities from South and Southeast Asia and their diasporas in Los Angeles in order to help teachers gain a richer understanding of religious diversity in Southern California. It will accompany the Fowler Museum’s exhibition Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings (November 20, 2022- March 26, 2023). 

Drawing on recent scholarship, as well as a wealth of Los Angeles resources–museums, murals, religious sites, and community and spiritual leaders–this teacher institute will explore the many ways individuals and communities express their key beliefs and practices. Educators will be introduced to strategies for integrating art, oral histories, music, and site visits into their curricula. They will work with scholars of religion, community leaders, and curators, as well as K-12 teachers versed in experiential learning, on curriculum activities for teaching World History, Culture, and Geography. 

The institute will convene on Saturday, January 28 and February 4 from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, February 1, from 6 to 8 pm. Applications are available here. Enrollment is limited to 25 Southern California-based teachers. LAUSD teachers will receive one LAUSD Salary Point with Multicultural Credit.

Teachers enrolled by November 15 will be invited to the opening reception of Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings at the Fowler Museum and will be eligible to receive a transportation scholarship worth up to $500 to bring their students to the Fowler. 

This teacher institute is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA in collaboration with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for Near Eastern Studies, and the Islamic Studies Program. 

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