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Mapping Local Knowledge is a curriculum designed by the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and Humanities. This curriculum is a component of Local Libraries/Local Knowledge, a program that brought together students, teachers, librarians, urban planners, and community activists to create visual representations of the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Mapping Local Knowledge presents ideas that teachers can use to help their students broaden their understanding of local history and the culture of neighborhoods. The information-gathering techniques and map-making methods introduced in the curriculum will enable students to capture the personal histories and contemporary impressions that make each neighborhood unique. The maps that students create can reveal a neighborhood that is not visible to an outsider.

Mapping Local Knowledge consists of nine lessons divided among five units. These lessons can stand alone or be integrated into existing curriculum and classroom goals. The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, involving urban design, social studies, geography, history, and photography.

This curriculum was designed and tested by the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Public Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and numerous community leaders and educators. It has been implemented in four high schools in Los Angeles, with students from grades nine through twelve in a wide range of classes and subjects.