The Huntington’s education programs serve a broad audience and provide enrichment for members of the institution, casual visitors, school teachers, children, and adults. Programs range from lively activities for preschoolers to intensive five-week institutes for K-12 classroom teachers.
On average, The Huntington’s school programs serve approximately 12,000 children and 750 teachers each year. Students from throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties participate in 11 different school field trip programs, free of charge. Lesson plans in science, art, and the humanities, developed by Huntington educators and scholars, and that feature The Huntington’s collections, are put to use in schools nationwide.
Students Perform Langston Hughes-Inpired Poetry at The Huntington
Students from southland high schools participated in a poetry contest, performing their writings on April 26, 2012, at a special morning performance of The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. The morning began with a multi-media event bringing the poetry of Langston Hughes to life through a powerful performance of words, images, and music, featuring a live jazz quartet led by Dr. Ronald McCurdy, professor of music at USC, and accompanied by a reading of Hughes’s “Ask Your Mama.” At the end of the program, five students read their poems to an audience of classmates, teachers, and Huntington staff and volunteers.
Winning submissions from student poets >
Pictured from left: Dr. Ron McCurdy, Professor of Music at USC, Genesis Becerril from Performing Arts Academy at Esteban Torres High School, Pamela Minjarez from Alhambra High School, Ashley Ceron from Humanitas Academy at Esteban Torres High School, SteeVee Asberry from John Muir high School and Antron Clark from Blair High School.
Explorations in American History Website Excites History Buffs of All Ages
Explore issues of independence, rights and equality; read a letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe; listen to dramatized readings of the written work of historical figures; and view magnified images of objects such as the U.S. Constitution in this interactive and informative new resource. Take me to Explorations in American History >