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ARTransmissions is a biannual education outreach program designed by SMMoA to bring contemporary art into K-12 classrooms. The Museum provides teachers with art education resources in the form of free limited-edition lesson plan posters, to help students connect critically and creatively with contemporary art. Concurrent with SMMoA’s major exhibitions, each ARTransmissions poster features a full-color reproduction of one of the works on view. The image and lesson plans spark curiosity, invite inquiry, and inspire students and teachers to visit the Museum.

Park Studio
Park Studio takes interdisciplinary art education outside SMMoA’s walls and into the local community. Led by the Museum’s director of education and public programs, in collaboration with acclaimed contemporary artists, Park Studio guides high school students through hands-on art workshops, art history lessons, and field trips to important cultural sites each year during their Spring Break. Park Studio explores themes that combine art and urban life, and provides extraordinary extra-curricular opportunities to students free of charge. Park Studio is presented in partnership with the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department and the Teen Center at Virginia Avenue Park.

Wall Works
Wall Works is SMMoA’s award-winning arts education program that produces a dynamic, public art project. The program connects contemporary artists with the creative imaginations of local K-12 students, and provides hundreds of students with in-school art making instruction and activities free of charge. All works by students are installed together to form a spectacular large-scale project in the Museum’s Wall Works gallery at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. The resulting exhibition is celebrated with an opening reception for teachers, students, and their families.

For more information on SMMoA’s School Programs, please contact or call 310.586.6488 x118.

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Ryland, a 2nd grade student at Grant Elementary School, shares his Wall Works artwork with his family, part of Wall Works: Black Holes with Laurel Broughton and K-12 students, 2013
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Fayre, a 2nd grade student at Franklin Elementary School, shows off her Wall Works artwork, part of Wall Works: Black Holes with Laurel Broughton and K-12 students, 2013
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Park Studio: Skaters and Makers participants with architect Francois Perrin, designer Gil Le Bon Delapointe, and craftsman Dante Cacace with their in-progress modular skate cubes, 2013
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Pro skateboarder Salman Agah activates the exhibitionPark Studio: Skaters and Makers at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2013
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An excerpt from the ARTransmissions poster for Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman: What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart, designed to bring contemporary art into K-12 classrooms, 2013
Michael Maltzan / SMMOA Bergamot Art Concept Sketch
School Programs
ARTransmissions Poster: Imagine Your Ideal Museum

Oct 30–Dec 14, 2014 iCal

ARTransmissions is a program that connects students and teachers with contemporary art and the exhibitions on view at the Museum.  

Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, SMMoA’s current exhibition, features the work of nine international artists and architects who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to reshaping public policy through aesthetics. Conceived by independent curator Lucía Sanromán, Citizen Culture is the first museum exhibition to rigorously consider the crucial question of efficacy in the growing field of social practice.

The ethos of Citizen Culture inspires this project-based poster, which invites students to reflect, investigate, and invent a space where art is presented. 

Free for K-12 classrooms and home schools (while supplies last). If you would like an ARTransmissions poster for your classroom, please send your request and mailing address to Click here to download a PDF version.