Seven people, young students on the left and educators in the center and on the right, stand with their legs wide and arms spread open smiling together.

K-12 + University

Academic Programs aims to foster curiosity, empathy, and learning through art, dialogue, and experimentation among audiences of all backgrounds. We connect people to ideas, art, and one another through the presentation and facilitation of educational programming, guided tours, interdisciplinary scholarship, student mentorship and professional development, exhibition interpretation, and strategic external partnerships.

Our Values

Academic Programs believes that art and creativity matter in our lives. We believe in:

  • Impacting audiences by fostering social justice, piquing curiosity, and inspiring creativity through art.
  • Learning through close looking, dialogue, research, and risk-taking.
  • Building meaningful relationships with diverse audiences to advance equity.
  • Empathy for and among individuals and communities.

We strive to impact audiences in the following ways:

Visitors of all ages and abilities will feel welcome and confident expressing themselves in a creative environment. In the galleries, they will make authentic and personally relevant connections to art and one another through close looking inquiry, and dialogue.

UCLA students will be empowered to contribute to the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and beyond through mentorship, professional opportunities, and peer communities at the Hammer.

Educators will gain skills and resources to make curricular connections to art.

Families will make meaningful connections to art and one another through collaborative, creative experiences.

Interested in programs for kids and families? Learn more about our Hammer Kids programs.

Questions about tours or programs for university audiences and K-12 students and teachers? Email us at

Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum are supported by The Hearst Foundations and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
Hammer Kids is made possible through the generosity of the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, with additional funding from The Winnick Family Foundation. Hammer Kids also receives support from friends of the Hammer Museum's Kids' Art Museum Project (K.A.M.P.), an annual family fundraiser.