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Teacher Events and Workshops

Teachers acting out The Giant Kumbhakarna Battles of the Monkeys. Teachers acting out The Giant Kumbhakarna Battles of the Monkeys.


Teacher Workshop: Japanese American Artists and Postwar Identity 

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
$20 for non-members, $10 for members, pre-registration required.

Learn strategies for using primary sources by artists who experienced the Japanese Internment and postwar recovery. Expanding on the museum’s special fall exhibition, Changing and Unchanging: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan, this workshop features a lecture by Professor Mark Johnson of the School of Art at San Francisco State University and activities facilitated by Shannon Murphy, head of education at the Noguchi Museum. This program exploring themes of identity, community and memory is presented in partnership with The Noguchi Museum.


We are proud work work with guest lecture and facilitators:

Shannon Murphy, Head of Education at The Noguchi Museum. With 15 years of experience engaging students in art museums, Shannon uses art as a tool to empower learners to become creators and problem solvers in their own lives. She specializes in arts integration, curriculum design, school and community partnerships, and social justice education.

Mark Dean Johnson is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.  He is the co-editor and co-curator of the exhibition and catalog Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan.  He is also Principal Editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (2008: Stanford University Press).


Discovering Connections Teacher Institute
Monday, Jul 22–Friday, Jul 26, 2020
$250, scholarships available
Applications COMING SOON!

This year this five-day program invites middle school teachers to explore works from the diverse collections of four major San Francisco museums through observation, inquiry, analysis, and reflection. Participants will develop techniques for engaging with artworks and discover how the museum setting fosters critical thinking and creativity. The institute includes close-up gallery experiences, illuminating conversations with peers and museum staff, and useful resources to take back to the classroom.

For questions about teacher events and workshops contact the Education Department at 415-581-3668 or schools[at]