Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
The Museum of Pop Culture’s mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. MoPOP celebrates pop culture’s ability to foster critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. We use our interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities to help students make connections between popular music, storytelling, writing, movies, comics, and classroom curriculum.

Contact Information

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120 6th Ave N
Address 2

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Our programs are incredibly versatile and can be applied to many curricula focuses! Including language arts, social studies, math, science, technology, visual and performing arts. We offer online resources, virtual programming, and in-person programming to bring the MoPOP experience to you.  
Digital/Media Arts, Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Music, Theater, Visual Art, Multidisciplinary


Previous School Partnerships
Overlake Specialty School, Islander Middle School, Seattle Girls School, Truman High School, Rising Star Elementary, Sky Valley Education Center, B.F. Day Elementary, Carl Sandburg Elementary & Discovery Community School, Phantom Lake Elementary, Rainier View Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Crest Learning Center, Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, Greenlake Elementary, KidsCo at Adams Elementary, Mount Rainier High School, Hazel Wolf Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Bailey Gatzert, Renton Prep Christian School, Whittier Kids Summer Camp, LAUNCH, Garfield High School, Emerald City School
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies

Livestream Workshops

LIVE from inside the museum, it’s MoPOP!  We are excited to announce new livestream workshops for the 2020-2021 school year.  With discussions and lessons led by our museum educators, students will explore live museum content and collaborate on curriculum-linked activities. The Hero’s Journey Grades 3-8 Embark on a hero’s journey! From Star Wars to Wonder Woman and beyond, we’ll examine common characters and story elements in heroic stories. Using Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey as our guide, we’ll venture into MoPOP’s Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit to explore characters, discuss the stages of the hero’s journey, and work together to create our own heroic stories. Building New Worlds: Sci-Fi Story Builder Grades 5-8 What can stories like WALL-E and Doctor Who tell us about our own society? We’ll examine what makes science fiction stories unique, explore some common questions posed by science fiction stories, and seek out inspiration for our own stories in the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit! Architecture Tour: Inside Frank Gehry’s MoPOP Grades 5-12 Explore one of Seattle’s most unusual buildings in this architecture workshop!  We’ll investigate architecture as a form of visual art, explore other Frank Gehry designs, and take a virtual tour through MoPOP’s construction and iconic architectural elements.  After the workshop, students will complete their own museum design challenge inspired by MoPOP.

Outreach Kits

MoPOP has created a brand new Outreach Kit program to bring to your school. Journey to the Cave of Bemagorn: A Collaborative Math Adventure Grades 4-12 This traveling kit brings classic fantasy role-playing games alive with a fully-produced audio adventure and interactive props and puzzles. Students will work as a class to overcome obstacles in the sprawling Caves of Bemagorn, retrieve a magical healing gem, and save the village! Educators insert math problems into the adventure for students to solve, making the adventure customizable to any classroom.


MoPOP Educators bring the museum experience right to your classroom with our Outreach Programs! Fantastic Creatures Embark on our Fantastic Creatures Outreach Program! You can choose between: Performance element: Join Professor Kris Garfunkle Spark and Professor Alex Danger Maze as they recount their most recent fantasy creature discovery expedition! The professors discovered beloved creatures from movies, books, and  TV, and they need your student’s help to identify them and learn more.  30-minute presentation we can bring to any size group! Optional post-performance stage visit for several classrooms. Ideal for students Grades K-4 Workshop: Your classroom will become a group of explorers, discovering never-before-found species of fantasy creatures! Taking what we already know about animal biology and habitats, we will use our imagination to create and become unique creatures. Each discovery team will get to study REAL creature specimens to inform their creations.  60-minute workshop for a group of 30 students maximum.  Ideal for students Grades 3-8 Can’t Look Away: Exploring Societal Fear Through Horror Grades 9–12 Horror films are designed to incite fear, panic, revulsion, and dread in their audiences. These films often bring to the surface hidden fears, while also giving audience members a sense of relief from strong or repressed emotions. Through horror, we can openly examine our collective fears from the safety of our seats. In Can’t Look Away: Exploring Societal Fear Through Horror, we’ll be using the horror genre to explore our shared societal fears (prejudice, climate change, death, technology, etc.) through analysis of film props, sound, lighting, and design. Horror can include intense content and topics, so we’ve designed our workshop to avoid potential triggers. The class will culminate with students creating their own collaborative piece of horror: a photo, 1-sentence story, or 30-second video.
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development

MoPOP’s Teacher Professional Development occurs throughout the school year and features workshops, tours, curriculum development, and networking opportunities.

Online Professional Development Series Join us for our new online Professional Development series! Each PD will connect pop culture, classroom learning, and remote learning strategies. Through the 2020-2021 school year, we will explore how to bring Marvel, Disney, and the LGBTQIA+ Rights Movement into your remote classroom. Our goal is to create experiences in which teachers engage with pop culture and each other; where we provide useful teaching tools that are interactive, fun, equitable for all learners, and easy to use.

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
MoPOP’s Guiding Principles: Open arms: We practice radical hospitality and equitable access. Creative exchanges: We create space for community voices and collaborations. Light bulb moments: We use pop culture as a catalyst for learning, connecting, and creating. Pursuing excellence: We believe integrity, innovation, and hard work lead to amazing things. Excitement: We value the thrill that comes from experiencing creativity together. MoPOP is proud to support students, teachers, and families during this unprecedented time of educational challenges through offering programs and opportunities that bring MoPOP to you. Pop culture is a catalyst for creativity, inspiration, and connection. MoPOP's education team is committed to making our content accessible for all students by overcoming barriers to learning such as cost, ableism, racism, and discrimination. We work with teachers to set students up for success in all our programs.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Our programs are designed to integrate with many different subject areas including language arts, math, science, history, social science, digital media, visual and performing arts.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
MoPOP's outreach programs are designed to be flexible and fit into almost any setting. If you have any questions about whether we are the right fit for you please call or email us!
Testimonials from Schools
The kids loved it - you get to break the rules and have fun. Kids love that. I mean gosh, I love that. I think y'all did a great job managing a pretty robust lesson in an hour. -- Teacher at Islander Middle School  


Due to COVID-19, we're offering special rates to make our programs more accessible Livestream Workshops Livestream workshops require a one-time, nonrefundable deposit of $15. Deposits are due at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled workshop and are counted toward the workshop fees. Regular Rate: $75 K-12 Schools: $25 Title I Schools: $15 Outreach Kits Normally, our prices are as follows: 1 week: $30.00 2 weeks: $40.00 Each additional week: $20.00 Late and damage fees apply. At this time, we’re offering a discounted rate of $10 for 1 week. Outreach Fantastic Creatures Performance - $300 (If there's more than one performance in the same location on the same day, consecutive performances cost $275 each.) Fantastic Creatures Workshop - $100 (If there's more than one workshop in the same location on the same day, the consecutive workshops are $75 each.) Can't Look Away: Exploring Societal Fear Through Horror Workshop - $100 (If there's more than one workshop in the same location on the same day, the consecutive workshops are $75 each.) Additional costs include an administrative fee of $50 and TBD travel fees. Discounts and scholarships available, message for more information.


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