LENS Education Initiative

If you are an educator hoping to develop an activity for your students, CCP's staff can help you customize your visit based on your course and your pedagogical needs. We can also design experiences and activities that re-imagine the traditional museum or research center visit. Below are some of the more common ways we work with our community. To plan a class visit to CCP, please fill out our LENS Class Request Form. In that form you can select from the opportunities described below or suggest additional modes of engagement.

Self-Guided Gallery Visits

If you’re planning to visit with a larger group (10 or more) and would prefer to explore the exhibitions at your own pace, please complete the Tour Request Form. Smaller groups do not need to complete the form, but you can use it to request any special accommodations for your group if needed. Gallery hours and other information for visitors is available here.

Guided Gallery Tours

Guided tours can be tailored to the interests of your group and the expected length of your visit. For example, a brief introduction to the Center and the current exhibits may take 15-20 minutes, and your guide can stay on hand to answer questions. Full tours, such as those planned for classes, may last 45-60 minutes. We can tailor our guided tours to the needs and interests of your class, including building in time for written activities and reflection.

Discussions with Museum Professionals

We can arrange for presentations and Q&As with the museum professionals who make the CCP so strong, from archivists and conservators to development and programming. These presentations can showcase the resources available at CCP and/or career possibilities in the arts.

Class Visits, Presentations, and Activities

CCP staff are available to give presentations to your class on a variety of topics, including but not limited to visual analysis and media literacy, primary source research, and photographic studies, practices, and technologies. It may also be possible to design an activity to be carried out at the CCP, in your classroom, or elsewhere on campus

Primary Source Research Instruction

CCP staff can provide primary source instruction sessions related to getting started with archival research that are tailored to the level of your students and needs of your syllabus. Topics could include: information literacy, how to request archives and special collections materials, and introductions to working with primary source materials.

Print Viewing

We are unable to offer print viewing during the Spring 2023 semester while we upgrade our collections management system. Print viewing sessions for the LENS Education Initiative will resume for the Fall 2023 semester.