The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum connects students and the public with contemporary art through exhibitions, projects, and art education programs and initiatives.
Plugged-In Virtual Connections continues to serve elementary students in the Long Beach and ABC Unified school district with remote art activities. The new program adapts classroom art education lessons for online learning environments. Focusing on interactive art making projects based on educational content from Kleefeld Contemporary permanent collection objects, these lessons encourage reflection, expression and enriched visual learning through platforms that allow social connection with classmates and instructors.
We welcome students from all academic programs to enjoy contemporary art with us. Kleefeld Contemporary encourages professors and campus communities to use our collections and exhibitions to create programs, panels, workshops and tours. We will work with you to connect our educational content to your curriculum to build enriched learning experiences for students.
Kleefeld Contemporary regularly facilitates collaborative programs with the School of Art, faculty and students as a partner in the presentation of the annual student exhibition, Insights, and the mentoring organization for the Museum Studies Program.
Kleefeld Contemporary offers docent-led tours of current exhibitions and the Outdoor Sculpture Collection for K-12 classrooms. All tours are free of charge and can be adapted to classroom curriculum and schedule. To aid in planning for your tour, please visit the Current Exhibition and Campus Sculpture information on this website for introductory information. Be sure to include at least one adult chaperone for every 15 students. Please review visitor policies on the visit page with your students to help protect the art for all to enjoy.
Plugged-In: Classroom Connections Program
The Plugged-In: Classroom Connections Program was developed for elementary school students to align with Common Core, State and National Standards in the areas of visual arts, social studies, language arts and mathematics. Every semester, this five-part program introduces students to current exhibitions, elements and principles of art, and contextual background, while connecting to grade subject matter. Students are introduced to the museum’s current artist(s) and exhibition(s) and create related studio art projects that encourage critical thinking, citizenship awareness and collaborative process skills. The program also includes a field trip to the Kleefeld Contemporary where students tour the museum and/or campus public art, participate in engagement activities with the exhibition and experience the dynamic environment of the Cal State Long Beach campus.
Plugged-In Classroom Collections Program is made possible by generous grants from the The Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation, Arts Council for Long Beach and the Bess Hodges Foundation.