Welcome! We are so glad you’re here. School and teacher offerings at The CJM are grounded in teaching inclusion through arts and culture. Facilitating interactive learning experiences that center student voices and foster understanding across lines of difference are the core of our offerings.
Read on to find out more about our current school tour offerings, professional development resources for teachers, teen opportunities, and more. Plus, stay in the loop on the latest events and resources by signing up for our mailing list below.
This spring, The CJM will welcome K–5 school groups back to The Museum for in-person tours of The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. School groups will discover Henson’s innovative approach to puppetry and storytelling, and see many of his beloved characters in addition to storyboards, photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. In-person school tours will be offered by reservation on Thursdays and Fridays at 10am starting April 7.
The CJM also offers several virtual tours that bring the best of our past exhibitions to your classroom—no school bus required. Virtual tours explore highly-requested topics from beloved past exhibitions; the architecture of The CJM; and Jewish history and culture. A CJM educator will facilitate the tour, introduce key themes and images, and lead interactive discussion and activities that connect to your classroom learning needs. Tours are held via Zoom or another online video platform of your choice.
All CJM school tours are free of charge for Bay Area schools; availability is limited, and advance reservation is required.
The CJM offers professional development workshops for educators on a variety of topics including teaching the Holocaust, cultivating a welcoming classroom, techniques for student bookmaking, California history, Jewish culture, and exhibition-related content. Browse our Teacher Resources for a variety of curriculum materials, or check our events page to find upcoming events.
The Teen Art Connect (TAC) Squad is a teen meet-up group that gives teens a behind-the-scenes look at a world-class museum and access to artist-led programs. The TAC Squad offers many virtual programs for teens this year, including virtual studio visits with artists and art-making sessions. All teens are welcome to join.
Teens are also invited to participate in this year’s online audio exhibition What We Hold. The program includes attending expert-led workshops on storytelling, interview skills, and audio editing through the fall, after which teens will record and submit their own work in December. Check out last year's exhibition here and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating.
This spring, The CJM will welcome K-5 school groups to the museum in person to explore the boundless imagination of Jim Henson, and discover his innovative approach to puppetry and storytelling. School groups will get an inside look at Henson's creative process, and see many of his beloved characters in addition to character sketches, storyboards, photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. Through interactive discussion, hands-on activities, and play, students will engage with Henson's most important messages of embracing our differences, working together, and the power of creativity. Each 90-minute tour features a guided gallery tour, followed by an art making session inspired by the exhibition. CJM school tours prioritize student engagement, centering student voices in the conversation while promoting critical thinking, creativity, and visual thinking skills. Tours will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:am starting April 7, and are free to Bay Area school groups.
Using the invention of the blue jean as a lens through which to view nineteenth- and twentieth-century America, this past exhibition followed Jewish immigrant Levi Strauss’s journey from Bavaria to California and the popularization of blue jeans into the present. Our educational resources for the exhibition, including short videos, a teacher resource guide, and a guided art-making project, explore the history of San Francisco through primary source material.
The CJM is housed at the site of a former power station, originally built in 1881, that survived the 1906 earthquake and went on to power San Francisco back to life. Architect Daniel Libeskind built upon this foundation using whimsical angles and hidden Jewish symbols to create an intentional space that houses contemporary art, culture, and ideas. Today, the history and purpose of the old substation has been recharged with the art of contemporary life.
Bearing witness to the Holocaust through primary source material, including live survivor testimony, is vital. As global citizens, it is our duty to recognize the dangers of bigotry, unchecked hatred, and racism, and to connect the lessons of the past to our choices today.
Teacher resource guides connect students to current and past CJM exhibitions, and provide insight into art, history, and culture for various ages and learning modalities. These resources are suitable for homeschooling and follow California curricular standards.
School and Teacher Programs are made possible by generous support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, The Bavar Family Foundation, California Arts Council, The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Toole Family Charitable Foundation.