MoAD’s Education and Public Programs provide lifelong learning opportunities for all ages while demonstrating the cultural richness resulting from the dispersal of Africans throughout the Diaspora.
Our education programs support the museum's vision to serve as the bridge that connects all people through our shared African ancestry and our common humanity. All programs use inquiry based learning, intended to inspire involvement that leads to understanding and transformation.
"Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."
MoAD provides one hour facilitated tours for both children and adults at all developmental and cognitive levels. Tours are led by experienced tour guides who are trained to facilitate active conversations and encourage critical thinking skills. Tours include some time with the Permanent Exhibits abut are primarily focused on the Current Exhibition (this exhibition changes a few times per year). Each tour is tailored to the ages of the visitors and include age-appropriate interactive materials.
MoAD Youth Media Program
The MoAD Youth Media Program (MYMP) is an interdisciplinary youth development and job readiness program featuring a rich mentoring environment and hands-on experiences. The MYMP offers training and stipends to youth in grades 10 through 12, targeting underserved areas such as the Bayview-Hunters Point and West Oakland. This program provides opportunities to youth from schools in communities who have few resources to develop their media, leadership and communication skills.
Program participants learn multimedia production skills while using digital technology to produce museum and website content. The program also teaches youth the fundamentals of museum operations. Students work closely with and receive mentorship from museum staff.
The MYMP serves as a bridge to museum content for their peers maintaining a social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their own MoAD blog. Students also engage the museum audience through video and audio interviews. Through the MoAD Youth Media Program students receive job readiness skills and are better prepared for the next stage of their professional lives. The MoAD Youth Media interns maintain a blog, available here.
Behind the Lens: Girls of Color and the Media (BTL)
Meets weekly each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from July 22nd through August 14th, 2013 (9AM – 4 PM)
This four week summer program for girls aged 11-13 will explore media's portrayal of girls/women of color in front of and behind the lens. Behind the Lens will inspire young girls of color to place the images, sounds and words they hear and see every day into a historical and cultural context. In collaboration with Streetside Stories (http://www.streetside.org/) girls will develop their own video story using research and interactive activities to celebrate and learn about the lives of accomplished (known and unknown) women of color throughout the African Diaspora.
Using the four themes of MoAD: Origins, Adaptation, Transformation and Movement youth will learn where we come from, our changes of adaptation and transformation through food, clothing, music and trace our families movement from one place to another voluntary and involuntary.
week #1 Origins- A look at Beauty Standards
week #2 Movement - Who am I? poetry in motion
week #3 Adaptation- Music- What about our music?
week #4 Transformation - Fashion with a fashion show?
July 22nd – August 14th Monday – Wednesday 9am – 4pm.
Member Cost: $100.00 per week
Non-Member Cost: $125.00 per week
Download the application here. Weekly enrollment open for weeks 1-3. Limited scholarships available- please include two consecutive paystubs with applications
Inquires welcome - email@example.com or 415.318.7151
Diaspora Curriculum Project (DCP)
The Diaspora Curriculum Project is a new program initiative under development that supports arts and cultural experiences through education, curriculum and outreach, MoAD is developing an arts education initiative whose centerpiece is an innovative K-12 curriculum focusing on the African Diaspora (the dispersion of Africans to the Americas, Asia and Europe) and the contributions of people of African descent in various parts of the world. Lesson plans will focus on social studies, geography, history, and the arts. The curriculum highlights the arts and humanities within a cultural, social, political and historical framework. The curriculum will fulfill content standards adopted by the California Department of Education and that supports California and National Curriculum Content Standards.
The DCP spotlights the museum as a resource for teachers and students, locally and internationally.
The Diaspora Curriculum Project (DCP) affirms MoAD's mission as a primary and relevant resource for its local communities. By focusing on educational enrichment through culture and the arts and by using a teaching tool focused on social studies, language arts, geography, and arts integration, the project provides instruction that supplements key subjects addressed in textbooks. All materials support California and International Baccalaureate curriculum content standards. DCP gives students and teachers access to the history of Africa and the African Diaspora not available through any other single curriculum guide.
Provide professional development for educators featuring content and curricula from permanent exhibition and opportunities for more in depth learning about the African Diaspora. Past workshops have included teacher training with opportunities to network and develop curriculum. These workshops are free of charge, with limited seating. Reservations are encouraged.
MoAD provides one hour facilitated tours for both children and adults at all developmental and cognitive levels. Tours are lead by led by experienced tour guides who are trained to facilitate active conversations and encourage critical thinking skills. Tours include some time with the Permanent Exhibits abut are primarily focused on the Current Exhibition (this exhibition changes a few times per year).
Tell me more: Scholarly Voices of the Diaspora
These lecture / conversations are facilitated by academic thought leaders locally, nationally and internationally. Scholarly Voices offers an opportunity to share ideas about how to foster and in turn implement intellectual and scholarly exchanges among diverse Bay Area communities, especially academic and lay groups within those communities. These Saturday morning lectures begin before the museum opens 10am – 12pm; are member only events, seating is limited and registration is strongly recommended. RSVP to
The Guide Program features broad training on the African Diaspora, related history, and contemporary art. Guides develop their public speaking skills and learn to give informative tours that support an enriching and open atmosphere for visitors. In addition, guides help visitors build looking skills. Guides make a commitment of at least 6 months and are required to attend monthly trainings. MoAD guides are volunteers and are not paid. However they can earn a free Membership to MoAD.
Guide Training Schedule for 2012
- September 17th — October 22nd, 2011
- March 17th — April 22nd, 2012
All Guide Trainings will be held at MoAD from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendance for all six trainings is mandatory. If you are interested in attending the next training please rsvp to
No phone calls please.
MoAD offers unpaid internships during both the summer and academic year. The internships provide college, graduate students (all majors are welcome), and those in transition, with a wide range of experiences designed to provide insight into the daily workings of a professional museum environment.
Wells Fargo Heritage Center
Presents programs focused on cultural preservation including a speakers series, workshops and classes on oral history and genealogy. Visitors can utilize resources on site such as films, books and have access via the web to programs presented by partnering heritage centers and libraries nationally and internationally.
Public Programs include exhibition and non-exhibition related programs for audiences of all ages including lectures, symposiums, conferences, gallery talks, guided tours, interactive demonstrations/workshops, films, book signings and conversations with authors among others. Programs feature a variety of topics and themes related to Africa and the African Diaspora and all forms of social and cultural expressions including dance, music, literature, visual arts, craft, religion, language, journalism, education, technology, heritage, genealogy, aspects of popular culture and mass media and historical and contemporary social, political, economic issues.
Folktales from the African Diaspora
MoAD introduces a new interactive program series, on the Third Saturday of EVERY month, for children and their families of storytelling, performance, and craft-making from Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean. Presented in partnership with ALICE Arts. Check the MoAD calendar for upcoming programs. 12:00 – 4:00 pm, the 3rd Saturday of every month; free with museum admission.
Music Across the Diaspora Workshop Series
A program series that combines a lecture with performance/demonstrations of the various musical forms that emerged from North America, the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Consists of multi-week programs which includes video, audio recordings and lecture demonstrations that are related and function as mini-courses on a particular subject. Experts in the field of music from Africa and the African Diaspora, both scholars and performers, will conduct these courses that will enrich and enlighten participants about the rich and vibrant world of music from Africa and African descendant cultures.
Sacred Music, Sunday Fellowship
Complements the ongoing lecture series, Migrations of the Sacred: Spirituality Across the Diaspora. This new program initiative includes a lecture/educational component examining the historical sources of contemporary forms of religious/sacred music throughout the African Diaspora, including gospel, spirituals, Orisha praise songs, among others. The lectures will also explore topics such as the historical importance of the Black church, the role music played in the syncretism of religions in the New World, among other topics. The lecture component is complemented by small scale performances by local individuals and groups that demonstrate the various musical forms. The purpose of the program is also to support fellowship across religious lines.
Dance Across the Diaspora
Incorporates lectures, performances, and workshops featuring local, national and international performers, scholars and practitioners of traditional, African-derived and contemporary forms of dance and music. The series offers an opportunity to experience a dance or musical form in an intimate space. The program will include performances coupled with interpretive information and analysis of the history and contemporary manifestation of the dance form.
Authors in Conversation
This new series is a program that brings to our audiences new and relevant scholarship that addresses contemporary currents of thought and themes within or about African Diaspora, African and African American life and culture. They are presented as conversations, allowing the audience to engage more with the authors and join in the conversation as part of the program. This series provides a unique opportunity for scholars and authors to reach an audience, the museum and cultural arts community, outside of their traditional venues.
I’ve Known Rivers – MoAD Story Project (BHP Project)
Collects and preserves oral histories and material culture through “story-mining” interviews and workshops. The current initiative is to collect stories from Bayview Hunters Point residents and business owners primarily African American, document and make publicly accessible via on-site presentations and Sunday Salons and as the next digital volume of IKR. Currently, IKR stories only exist online.
Migrations of the Sacred: Spiritual Practices Across the Diaspora
Through lectures, discussions, performances, and films this series explores the cultural context of spirituality across the Black Atlantic with the purpose of deepening understanding of spiritual and sacred practices within African religions and beliefs and how they have been adapted and syncretized throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe over the last 500 years. There may be more updated language in the other documents.
MoAD's Education Department serves as a gateway to deeper understanding of the Museum's mission to connect all people through the art, culture and history of the African Diaspora. The Museum's permanent installations and current exhibitions should be used as an entry point for visitors to explore the commonalities between other cultures and their own.
“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter”
Are you interested in bringing the African Diaspora into your classroom? Throughout the year, MoAD offers a series of FREE Sunday afternoon workshops to teachers and educators. All education workshops are held on Sunday afternoons. The workshop schedule for the 2013-2014 school year is as follows, or you can download the full workshop listing.
Teacher workshops use the California Common Core State Standards, and MoAD’s current exhibition and permanent installations to guide teachers through a hands on afternoon of learning and networking.
Educator workshops are FREE and open to all educators.
Kelly Clark activist and 5th grade teacher at San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Elementary facilitates our K-5th workshops.
6th -12th WORKSHOPS
Dr. Ruth Bissell Assistant Principal Terra Linda High School in charge of leadership at San Rafael City Schools facilitates our 6th -12th grade workshops.
Space is limited please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
K-5th Grade Education Workshops
K-5th Education Workshops are held on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm
Are you interested in bringing the African Diaspora into your K-5th grade classroom? Throughout the year, MOAD offers a series of weekend workshops to teachers and educators. Each workshop provides a hands on opportunity for teachers to explore ways to integrate MoAD’s permanent installation into their classroom curriculum, and network with other like-minded professionals in the Bay Area.
Civil Rights in the 60s
February 2 (Sun): 1:00 — 4:00
Using MoAD's website and current exhibition Cultivating Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980 participants will discover a range of creative thinkers, artists and activists working toward Civil Rights within the African Diaspora.
Talking about Race and Slavery in the Elementary School Classroom
March 23 (Sun): 1:00 — 4:00
We will discuss challenges and strategies to teaching the history of African enslavement in Elementary classrooms.
6-12th Grade Education Workshops
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has developed an innovative curriculum ‘Diaspora Curriculum Project’ focusing on the African Diaspora and the contributions of people of African descent throughout the world. This interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to develop social studies, history, science, and visual arts skills for student’s grades 6-12. The DCP aims to think with people, not about them and tell history from the perspective of those who live it. Each workshop will explore ways in which to implement one of the curriculum modules into a 6-12 grade classroom
Maroon Communities in the African Diaspora
January 12 (Sun): 2:00 — 4:00
Our initial workshop is centered on the histories of Maroons - Africans who escaped enslavement and formed free communities within the African Diaspora. Participants are asked to think critically about the social, economic, and political challenges maroon communities faced historically, as well as the uneven legacies of these communities in different areas of the African Diaspora.
Women of the African Diaspora
March 16 (Sun): 2:00 — 4:00
We compare and contrast stories of women from different times and places through comics. Participants will learn and share strategies to develop visual storytelling skills to question how gender shapes the opportunities and the decisions made by others and influence the decisions we make.
Youth Movements and Music in the African Diaspora
May 1 (Thu): 2:00 — 4:00
Actual May workshop date to be determined. We showcase the impact of youth within the African Diaspora coming together to create significant change in history. How can we encourage youth to develop a process for problem solving and creating effective change in today's world?
MoAD's Education Department prepares Curriculum Guides to accompany some of our current exhibitions. Curriculum Guides are interdisciplinary and written to align with California State Content Standards for K-12 education. Each Curriculum Guide contains information and lesson plans to help students gain a deeper understanding of the topics and themes covered by our exhibitions. Curriculum Guides also contain worksheets to help teachers prepare their students for a focused museum visit.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. States This holiday is believed to have had its first celebration in Galveston Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 39 states of the U.S.
Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on the day-to-day lives of most enslaved people, particularly in the Confederate States of America. Texas, as a part of the Confederacy, had seceded and weren't following the law of the U.S., was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation, and though slavery was very prevalent in East Texas, it was not as common in the Western areas of Texas, particularly the Hill Country, where most German-Americans were opposed to the practice. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. On June 19, 1865, legend has it while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
That day became known as Juneteenth, a combination of the words June and “teenth” like nineteenth and other numbers with “-teenth.”
COLLECTED: Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation
(October 7, 2011 – March 4, 2012)
Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India
(July 15, 2011 – September 25, 2011)
Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India features 32 striking patchwork quilts made by Siddi women, heirs to the culture and values of Africans brought to Goa on India’s west coast beginning in the 16th century. While they have adopted and integrated many cultural aspects of the Indian peoples with whom they have lived for generations, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain cultural and artistic traditions from Africa.
Curriculum Guide archive
Library Resource Guides
MoAD’s Education Department partners with the San Francisco Public Library to prepare Library Resource Guides to accompany each of our exhibitions. These guides will help you find books and other materials at the San Francisco Public Library related to topics covered by each exhibition.