July 2012–June 2013

The Education Department provides museum experiences for a broad range of visitors across two sites, the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

Children observe at the Getty Museum
At the Center, the department served 257,474 general visitors through tours, programs and interactive spaces; 175,213 family visitors in programs and interactive spaces (including 45,475 for self-guide materials); and 92,461 school visitors.

At the Villa, the department served 98,752 general visitors through tours and programs; 193,195 family visitors in programs and interactive spaces (including 24,560 for self-guide materials); and 43,057 school visitors.

Annual bus funding for Title One schools provided museum visits for 54,469 students at the Center and 22,211 students at the Villa.

At the Center and the Villa, 414 docents volunteered a total of 58,011 hours. This year, the department launched new School Group Docent Programs at each site, with 53 docents providing guided tours to 52,586 students at the Center and 37 docents providing guided tours to 26,873 students at the Villa.

Media & Technology

Videos View a new video for an in-classroom activity called How to Make a Visual Poem. You can see this video and more on the J. Paul Getty Museum YouTube channel.
Facebook The Education Department hosts the Getty Teacher Programs page on Facebook where Education staff engages with K–12 teachers locally and nationally.
Pinterest The Education Department launched a new page on Pinterest to share our lesson plans and activities as well as inspiration for future programs.

Switch Game
The Education Department continues to employ technology to reach its audiences. GettyGames garnered close to a million hits on getty.edu this fiscal year. Switch, a prototype in-gallery mobile game pictured at left, launched to positive reviews by visitors.


Sam Durant, What #isamuseum?

At the Center

This year, Sam Durant, the 2013 Getty Artists Program invitee, created What #isamuseum? in collaboration with a number of Getty staff. The project, which asks visitors to question various aspects of museums, was the first of its kind for the Getty. A website (isamuseum.org) launched in May, and social-media channels such as Facebook and Twitter allowed people to connect with the project both on and off-site. The project also marked the Getty’s first Google Art Talk.

Modern Architecture Tour
The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, hosted an unprecedented collaboration for teacher professional development. Teaching the City: Modern Architecture for Today’s Classrooms was developed in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. The two-day program for secondary teachers focused on architecture exhibitions on view at each institution. Results of teachers’ research, brainstorming, and initial design ideas were posted on DiscoverDesign.org.

Students performing The Odyssey

At the Villa

The Villa Professional Colloquium held two events this year, New Approaches to Understanding Athenian Pottery Production and Cultural Memories in Roman Empire. These two conferences brought together important scholars to discuss issues related to the production of Attic black- and red-figure pottery and how memories evolved and functioned in the Roman Empire, respectively. These programs contribute to the scholarship on the interpretation and preservation of objects from antiquity.

As part of the department's multi-engagement program Ancient Art Academy, students from Prairie Middle School performed a production of The Odyssey for an audience of fellow students, administrators and family members at the Getty Villa. In addition, the students hosted a symposium, discussing their favorite artworks from the Villa's collection.