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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum National Design Month Event

Teaching with Design: Taking Action on Climate Change with Doris Sung

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT)
Free virtual Teaching with Design session can be accessed via YouTube.
National Design Month event page | Download flyer here

How can we promote sustainability in classrooms and raise awareness of the impacts of climate change through teaching and learning across subject matter curricula?  Doris Sung, the designer behind Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum’s sm[ART]box shares interdisciplinary learning tools to start answering these questions.
Join 2021 National Design Award winner Doris Sung (Climate Action Award for InVert™ Self-Shading Window) and educators from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to learn how to use the Cooper Hewitt’s Learning Lab collections, digital resources, and virtual field trips to support teaching and learning about climate change across disciplines. In this interactive session, we’ll share resources that can be used to center climate change and take action within art, history, social studies, and STEM curricula. We’ll discuss the design process as an adaptable support tool to help students create, evaluate, and revise all types of projects and learning outputs. Finally, Sung will guide participants through a simple, hands-on activity borrowed from her design process that can be adapted to suit learners of all ages and subjects.

This free program will feature a hands-on project followed by an audience Q&A, hosted through YouTube.  For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email or let us know when registering. 

Design Career Fair: Portfolio Review

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (8:30 to 10:00 p.m. PT)
Free virtual program via Zoom | Registration required

What makes a successful portfolio? From college admissions to job-seeking, designers at every stage think about how to best showcase their work and convey their passions. This virtual program will include designer’s top tips and tricks for portfolio building, followed by a live portfolio review with four students and National Design Award winners. Along the way, audience members will be invited to participate in the review process and share peer feedback.

Participating 2021 National Design Award winners include Becca McCharen-Tran (Fashion Design Award), Doris Sung (Climate Action Award for InVert™ Self-Shading Window), Tosh Kodama of Imaginary Forces (Communication Design Award), and Mia Lehrer (Landscape Architecture Award).

National Design Month gathers the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month highlights the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs during the month of October including talks, tours, workshops, mentoring sessions, online resources, and more. Visit for further details and a complete listing of programs.  

National Design Awards programming is made possible with major support from Facebook, Inc., Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and Edward Hintz, The Hirsch Family Foundation, IBM Corporation, and Crystal and Chris Sacca. Generous support is also provided by Kim and Mac Schuessler and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.

 Plugged-In Virtual Connections and Art Encounter


Plugged-In Virtual Connections and Art Encounter Program

Plugged-In Virtual Connections continues to serve students in the Long Beach and ABC Unified School Districts with digital art activities at no cost to schools or students. The expanded program presents arts-integrated lessons for elementary school, high school students, and life-long learners. Virtual programming, including our new artist video series, and Art Encounter content will be accessible on our new Watch pageYouTube, and on Instagram TV.  A generous grant from the RuMBa Foundation funds the entirety of video production and allows growth of the program to serve teens and young adults. 

Art making activities inspired by works and artist practices presented in artist videos are included in lesson plans and are also available to the public in linked buttons on this page. Activities and lessons use the Social and Emotional learning model (SEL) to connect students with their emotionality while getting in touch with their creative process. 

Accessible digital programs help ensure that no student loses out on arts education due to school budget shortfalls or other unexpected hardship during these uncertain times. Lessons and videos offer multidisciplnary enrichment for educators and learners of all ages, especially families and students in need of creative activities. 

ConSortiUm: PLATFORM CSU Art Speaker Series

The ConSortiUm coalition is a newly formed collaborative project of CSU art museums and galleries presenting PLATFORM, a virtual event series for 2020–2021. Programs actively engage students, faculty, staff, and communities through visual arts-based discussion. ConSortiUm features live virtual conversations with contemporary artists, collectives, and curators whose work is critical to current re-imaginings of the art world, and the world at large.  All events are presented live via Zoom and during Pacific Standard Time hours with access for all CSU campuses. These events are also free and open to the public. Recordings of the events will be available for post live-stream viewing and archived by the sponsoring institutions for future viewing.

The 2020–2021 inaugural program, PLATFORM, featured curators Erin Christovale and Valerie Cassel; artists Beatriz Cortez, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist, Eyal Weizman, Shuan Leonardo, Howardena Pindell; and People's Kitchen Collective. More programming in the 2021–2022 academic year to be announced.

ConSortiUm’s participating CSU art museums and galleries include:
Bakersfield, Todd Madigan Gallery; Chico, Janet Turner Print Museum; East Bay, University Art Gallery; Fresno, Center for Creativity and the Arts; Fullerton, Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery and Grand Central Art Center; Humboldt, Reese Bullen Gallery and Goudi'ni Native American Arts Gallery; Long Beach, School of Art and Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum; Los Angeles, Luckman Gallery, Luckman Fine Arts Complex; Northridge, Art Galleries; Pomona, W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery and Don B. Huntley Gallery; Sacramento, University Galleries; San Bernardino, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art; San Diego, University Art Galleries; San Francisco, Fine Arts Gallery; San Jose, Natalie and James Thompson Gallery; San Luis Obispo, University Art Gallery; Sonoma, University Art Gallery; and Stanislaus, University Art Gallery and Stan State Art Space.

Campus Collaboration and Curriculum Connections

We welcome students from all academic programs to connect with contemporary art with us.  The museum encourages professors and campus communities to use our collections and exhibitions as an educational resource.  The museum actively develops multidisciplinary programming with Cal State Long Beach faculty to link museum content to curriculum, positively impact our campus communities, and help students reach learning objectives. We regularly collaborate with the School of Art as a partner in the presentation of the annual student exhibition, Insights, and serve as a mentoring organization for the Museum and Curatorial Studies Graduate Program.

The Plugged-In Virtual Connections Program was developed to align with Common Core, State and National Standards in the areas of visual arts, social studies, language arts and mathematics. Every semester, this multi-phase program introduces students to contemporary artist practices, permanent collection works or current exhibitions, and visual elements and principles, while connecting to grade subject matter.  Through guided lessons, students create related art projects that encourage critical thinking, collaborative process skills, and emotional awareness.

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum's complex is currently closed as we complete our site expansion. We plan to re-open our new, improved facilities in on February 12, 2022. Stay tuned!

As campus begins to re-open, the Museum will act in accordance with State and CDC guidelines for any and all public programming, activities and gatherings.

  • Learn more about the CSULB response to COVID-19, the University vaccination program, and efforts to reunite #OneBeach one the official informational website:
  • Preventative measures are being enacted on campus; social distancing is encouraged, and in-person, on-campus instruction continues in hybrid models and alternative methods of delivery through distance-learning.