The Museum’s Education Department works to promote life-long learning, nourish creativity, and foster self-expression by engaging our diverse communities with original works of art, artistic processes, and art making. In addition to directly promoting skills and understanding of the visual arts, the Museum recognizes the potential of arts education to serve as a means of academic advancement and personal and social development. To that end, the Museum offers a wide range of programs for children, adults, teachers, and families at the Museum, in the Long Beach schools, and throughout the community.
The community is invited to participate in the programs, services, and activities presented by the Education Department. Programs are designed to engage a variety of audiences with our collections and exhibitions through inquiry and an appreciation of the creative process. For more information about our programs, please contact us by email or phone 562-439-2119.
In conjunction with special exhibitions and the permanent collection, LBMA offers monthly artist-led workshops for adult beginning and intermediate artists. Exploring a variety of media, each workshop includes a tour of artworks on view and a hands on component focusing on building techniques and skills
$15 per program for LBMA Members
$25 per program for non-members
$7 per artist demonstration (where noted)
Reservations are required for all workshops. To RSVP, email Ruth Cabral at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-439-2119, ext. 221. Space is limited. Reservations are given on a first-come-first-served basis.
Family Artmaking Workshops
Come get your hands dirty and your brains engaged!
In these free drop-in workshops, children and their caregivers will work together to create artworks inspired by art on display in the Museum. Space is limited and entrance is given on a first-come-first-served basis. Workshops are recommended for children seven and up.
Workshop are held 1pm – 3pm every 3rd Sunday of the month from September through June and every Sunday in July and August.
KidsVisions is a grant funded program limited to Long Beach Unified School District fifth grade classrooms. The program content follows the guidelines of the California State School Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. Bus funding is provided to and from the Museum. KidsVisions tours can be scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. The Museum requires that there be one chaperone per ten students. Two weeks before each visit, Museum staff visits each classroom to give students an overview of the museum and share the rules for their visit. During this orientation classroom teachers receive a pre-visit packet that includes a pre-lesson and reproductions. Teachers also receive a post-lesson, activity booklets, and family passes for their students to round out their touring experience.
Reservations are required for all workshops. To RSVP, email Nikki Manibhai at email@example.com or call 562-439-2119, ext. 228. Space is limited. Reservations are given on a first-come-first-served basis.
These tours are available free of charge for students in elementary through high school levels. There is a 30 student maximum for all grade levels. Tours are available on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability.
For scheduling please contact Nikki Manibhai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering at the Museum
The hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help the Museum are crucial to our well-being! There are many ways to get involved and to contribute your time. Each, year, our Education Department recruits docents in order to fulfill public demand for tours or to assist staff in implementing hands-on art making workshops. In addition, the Museum holds special events throughout the year that help raise money for our education and exhibitions programming. Volunteers assist staff on the day of the event to complete a variety of tasks that contribute to the success of each event. From time to time, various departments in the Museum seek under-graduate and graduate student interns to assist with daily administrative tasks. Interns gain skills and behind the scenes insights through on the job training.
Want to talk or learn about art? Join a 30 minute, informal, and FREE Docent-led tour to learn about LBMA’s history, art, and inner workings. Every Friday at 1 pm.
Girl Scout Tours & Workshops
LBMA offers free structured tours and hands-on workshops designed to help Girl Scout Troops earn their art-related badges.
Tours are available Thursdays and Fridays, 12 – 5 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 5 pm. Tours must be scheduled in advance and are subject to availability. For more information, questions, and to schedule please call: 562-439-2119 ext. 228
Thank you to our sponsors who help ensure that the Museum can provide much needed arts programming to local schools, families, and the general public.
- Alamitos Bay Garden Club
- Arts Council for Long Beach
- BCM Foundation
- Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
- Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation
- Employees Community Fund of Boeing California
- The Green Foundation
- Los Angeles County Arts Commission
- Marisla Fund
- Supervisor Don Knabe, Fourth District, Los Angeles County
- The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
- The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation
- Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
- U.S. Bank