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 discussion-based, interactive tours of our museum to over 7,500 visitors a year. Tours are led by experienced tour guides who are trained to facilitate active conversations and encourage critical thinking skills. Tours include both the Permanent Exhibition as well as our Current Exhibition. This exhibition changes a few times a year so please check the website for more information about what is currently on view. Each tour is tailored to the ages of the visitors and includes age-appropriate interactive materials.
MoAD in the Classroom
Make MoAD a part of your classroom this school year! MIC is the Museum of the African Diaspora’s new literacy-based, multiple field trip program for Elementary-age classrooms. This package includes an initial meeting with the classroom teacher, two field trips to MoAD, and two visits to the partner classroom by a MoAD Educator. In addition, MoAD will provide accompanying a curriculum packet including a set of Nigerian children’s books and museum badges for every student.
MIC is offered to Elementary classrooms throughout the school year. The rate for this program is $275 for classrooms of 15-32 students.
For more information about this program, please email email@example.com.
MoAD Youth Media Program
The MYMP serves as a bridge to museum content for their peers, maintaining a social media presence through Facebook, YouTube, and their own MYMP 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.
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
Meets weekly each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 17th through August 3rd, 2013 (9AM – 4 PM)
This summer program for girls aged 11-13 from the San Francisco Bay Area will explore media in front of and behind the lens.
Using the four themes of MoAD (Origins, Adaptation, Transformation and Movement) Behind the Lens: Girls of Color in the Media program will focus on literacy, media and the arts while exploring themes of identity and relationships.
Through performance art and storytelling, this girls-only coming of age program will interactively engage pariticpants to deepen their understanding of the African Diaspora. It will challenge them to reflect upon their own stories through oral and written storytelling by engaging appropriate literary texts.
As a part of the program, youth will meet with community organizations, institutions and teaching artists. The teaching artists will use various media to illustrate how historical, social, political and economic forces shape personal identity. The girls will synthesize the information they learn and create art to be displayed for family and friends at a larger symposium on Saturday August 17th. These larger presentations will allow girls to showcase their developing art-making, storytelling and literacy skills, allowing them to understand their own identities and create personal narratives involving the African Diaspora.
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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.
Educator workshops provide professional development for educators, featuring content and curricula from permanent exhibitions as well as 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, but seating is limited. For our current Educator Workshop schedule, or to register for an upcoming workshop, please click on the “Educational Resources” tab.
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 both the Permanent Exhibition as well as our Current Exhibition. This exhibition changes a few times a year so please check the website for more information about what is currently on view.
Tell me more: Scholarly Voices of the Diaspora
These lecture/conversations are facilitated by local, national, and international thought leaders and academics. Scholarly Voices offers an opportunity to share ideas Scholarly Voices offers an opportunity for intellectual and scholarly exchanges among diverse Bay Area communities, especially academic and lay groups within those communities. These lectures are free with MoAD Admission and are generally held on Saturday mornings from 10am – 12pm. Please visit our programs calendar for more information on upcoming Scholarly Voices events.
MoAD Guides are trained volunteers whose primary responsibility is to interpret the museum exhibitions and themes for our visitors. Guides staff the Wells Fargo Heritage Center, lead group tours, and serve as gallery guides and ambassadors to the museum. Experience leading tours is not necessary; however, guides should have an interest in Museums, Educations, African/African American Studies, Curriculum Developments, and/or Diaspora Studies. MoAD guides are volunteers and are not paid; however, they may be eligible for MoAD membership after 4 months of continuous service as a guide.
Guide Training Schedule for 2012-2013 is as follows:
- September 22nd — October 27th, 2012
- March 9th — April 13th, 2013
All Guide Trainings are held at MoAD from 9:30 a.m. – 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 and current exhibitions should be used as an entry point for visitors to explore the commonalities between other cultures and their own.
Teacher workshops will focus on MoAD’s permanent exhibitions. Using the California State Standards and exhibition materials teachers will be lead through a two hour hands on workshop, using the museum’s permanent exhibition. Space is limited please rsvp to
All educator workshops are free.
We are not Africans because we were born in Africa. We are Africans because Africa was born in us. - Chester Higgins Jr.
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. Each K-5th workshop covers a different aspect of our permanent exhibition, and our middle/high school workshops use our Diaspora Curriculum as an opportunity to explore ways to integrate the African Diaspora into their classroom’s curriculum. These workshops also provide an occasion to network with other like-minded professionals in the Bay Area. All workshops are held on Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm- everyone welcomed! The workshop schedule for the 2012-2013 school year is as follows, or you can download the full workshop listing.
Workshops are free and open to all educators. If you would like to attend, please fill out a registration form online.
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.