Guided School Tours & Workshops at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes offer students the opportunity to explore the history, culture, and contributions of Mexican and Mexican Americans in Southern California. Tours and workshops explore themes rooted in identity, social justice, health and nutrition, community, and civil rights.
Engaging dialogue and interactive hands-on workshops encourage students to uncover the multilayers of Mexican, Mexican-American, individual, and collective identity.
Student tours and workshops are a two-hour experience held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am - 12pm.
Educators can select from the following school tour and workshop experiences offered onsite and offsite.
CA State Standards covered: History and Social Science, Visual Arts, Math, Science, Language Arts
From garden to table, the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program explores urban gardening, sustainability, and healthy vegan recipes inspired by Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine. Students spend one hour in LA Plaza's onsite organic garden and one hour in a culinary workshop. These sessions interweave history, culture, science, and nutrition.
CA State Standards covered: Language Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts
Travel back in time with us to the 1920s. Through inquiry-based activities and interactive explorations, students are encouraged to explore the presence of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the 1920s, compare the past and present, and share their own family history and stories.
Students are invited to explore and engage with objects in store-front vignettes: dress up in 1920s fashion in a department store, smell medicinal herbs in a pharmacy, or shop for groceries in Mercado Plaza. This exhibition allows students to explore the forces that shaped ideas about identity and community in Los Angeles.
Workshop Component—Building Blocks: Identifying Buildings in Your Community
As part of the guided tour experience, this hands-on workshop invites students to be architects and urban planners while comparing and contrasting architectural design. Students create their own business and building inspired by their community
Through inquiry and object-based teaching, students explore the city's origins from the Tongva presence through the Chicano movement, while learning about Mexican and Mexican-American contributions in Los Angeles. Personal narratives, photographs, and artifacts encourage students to think critically about the shaping of cultural and national identity while reflecting on their own personal connections to history.
Workshop Component—Printmaking: The Power of Symbols
Along with the guided visit, this hands-on workshop explores the basics of printmaking while encouraging students to examine the powerful messages that symbols communicate. Students design their own symbol that communicates their stance on a cause important to them.
Guided tours spoken in Spanish
1) LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición (Grades K-12)
LA Plaza comes to you! This mobile education program promotes health and nutrition, engages students in explorations of Mesoamerica, and encourages students to connect to their cultural heritage. Through hands-on gardening, culinary, art, and history activities, LA Troka empowers families and students to make healthy food choices, while making connections to their own culture and history.
Workshop Component—Workshop themes vary and are inspired by seasonal gardening
For more reservation information, please click here: Reservation Form
Bus Scholarship Opportunities
Thanks to generous funders, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes periodically awards bus scholarships to schools for fieldtrips to our site. Teachers and non-profit organizations that serve Los Angeles County Title I students are invited to apply.
Bus Scholarships are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding is for buses only and cannot be used for other modes of transportation.
In order to provide a fair opportunity to all students and communities throughout Los Angeles County, priority will be given to teachers applying to this Bus Scholarship opportunity for the first time.
For more information, including the Scholarship Application, carefully review the following form: Bus Scholarship Application
How To Submit A School Group Reservation
The application period is officially open for the 2019 - 2020 academic year!
• We are accepting reservations for the entire academic year. Deadline for submission is September 1, 2019
• Priority will be given to educators submitting a reservation for the first time.
• All applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To book your school group visit to LA Plaza, please carefully review and submit the required reservation form:
Reservation and Bus Application Instructions:
1) Download and save file
2) Type responses into document
3) Save completed form
4) Email completed forms together to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include School Name and Teacher Name in the subject line.