The Huntington's education programs interpret the collections and promote life-long learning to a broad audience. Programs range from lively pre-school programs to intensive five-week teacher institutes and an array of programs for the general public.
Each year, more than 20,000 school children experience The Huntington through school visits, facilitated tours and hands-on activities.
Collaborating with Teachers
The Huntington offers more than a dozen different programs, all addressing state and local education standards. The Huntington is also working with educators to help implement the Common Core education standards. Huntington educators have collaborated with classroom teachers to develop more than 75 lesson plans that highlight the collections; these are available online and serve schools nationwide. As many as 500 teachers a year participate in professional development activities that feature scholarly lectures and curriculum development.
Other educational resources online include interactive websites and introductory DVDs.
Welcoming the Community
More than 10,000 people participate each year in public programs, including classes, workshops, performances, and lectures. Audio guides for adults and children are available in the European and American art galleries. An audio tour for the Chinese Garden is available for download in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. A wide range of audio material is also available at iTunes U. Group tours are available by arrangement.
If you have a thirst for knowledge, now’s the time to head “back to school” with Huntington U. Three college-level seminars taught by university professors get under way this fall in our popular continuing education series. These six-week courses feature lectures and lively discussions, but there are no papers to write and no final test. More
An Olympic Welcome
A group of Special Olympics delegates from Namibia, Singapore, and Tanzania received an enthusiastic welcome when they visited The Huntington in July. The athletes were in town for the Special Olympics World Games, held in Los Angeles July 25-Aug. 2. More
Mentoring Young Writers
In May, The Huntington’s Education staff hosted a fiction writing workshop in collaboration with WriteGirl, an L.A.-based non-profit that provides one-on-one mentoring by professional authors for young women who aspire to be writers. More
The Bard Meets the Beatles
In a performance held on the South Terrace of the Huntington Art Gallery, students from the East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School wowed friends, family, and teachers with an outstanding production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set to the music of the Beatles. More
Innovative Educational Partnerships Inspire Student-Designed Exhibits
For artists young and old, The Huntington is full of inspiration. And what better place to spark the creative muse than in the gardens? Students from three area schools were invited to create and exhibit works of art inspired by the gardens. More
Seeds, Soil, and Surprises
Using the lens of Seeds, Soil, and Surprises, this suite of lessons is intended to help teachers and students develop the critical skill set needed to work successfully with primary sources across any subject matter and support Common Core State Standards.
California Missions Website Supports 4th-Grade Curricula
The Huntington has developed an educational website related to the exhibition "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" based on California’s Common Core Standards in support of 4th-grade curricula.