Give locally on Giving Tuesday

Right now, it’s more important than ever to help our young people to explore diversity and discover similarity. And at Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum, we do just that.


Every year, we bring our mobile world cultures museum and curriculum-enhancing educational experience to thousands of students in the Greater Los Angeles area, inspiring their understanding and respect for cultural diversity.

But, we need your help.

Please join us and help bring the arts and artifacts of the world’s people directly to as many as 25,000 students at 30 schools across four school districts in 2017.


Your generous contribution will help us:

  • inspire children to learn more about themselves and the people of the world
  • enhance overall education both in and outside the classroom
  • increase acceptance of cultural differences
  • create life-long global citizens


  • $2,500 funds the total cost of CCMM’s visit to one school
  • $1,000 provides presentations for an entire school’s students
  • $500 offers 60 students with hands-on interactions with international artifacts
  • $250 brings one whole class to CCMM’s on-campus museum
  • $100 feeds 2,000 students’ interest with international treats

Click HERE TO DONATE today. CCMM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means your donation is also tax-deductible.

We thank you in advance for your generous contributions.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. There’s so much to be thankful for this year:

  • The teachers and school staff who bring CCMM to their students
  • The students who learn and grow from their CCMM experience
  • Our dedicated CCMM staff and Board members that help us live our mission
  • Our incredibly supportive donors and friends that help us make CCMM possible


We also came across this piece from the NYTimes that we want to share with you today called “Thanksgiving Dinner in America.” It looks at the diversity we can find on our Thanksgiving table and in our traditions.

“Americans all come from somewhere. Their families may have roamed the continent for thousands of years before the Mayflower dropped anchor. They may have been on the ship. They may have come on later ones, freely or in chains. They may have come by truck, train or airplane. They came. And their journeys are reflected in the food they or their descendants eat. The Times asked 15 families from across the country to show us the holiday dishes they make that speak most eloquently about their heritage and traditions. The stories of these home cooks help tell the story of the nation, the story of who we are.”

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From The Collection: International Drum Month

Nearly every culture in the world a drum as part of its music heritage. In fact, drums have been found to date back as far as 5500 B.C. in China and have had ceremonial, sacred, and symbolic associations

The three drums below are just a few from our Spiritual Connections collection. You can see some of the visual similarities, which will also relate to the sounds that they create.


Here is what the Darbukka sounds like:

Watch here on YouTube for an example of the Japanese Taiko drums.

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Happy Halloween

Did you know the pumpkin carving tradition we know today evolved from an old Irish tradition of carving turnips, potatoes, and beets?

We wish you a safe and fun Halloween. happyhalloween

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Artifacts played a part in learning history

We love hearing from students who have experienced CCMM and how the artifacts have helped expand their understanding of the world around them.

Summar, a student, shared how he was impacted by the artifacts and how they helped bring the information from his textbooks to life.


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USC IGM Art Gallery Visit

Earlier this year, we were excited to be visited by the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery (IGM AG) Advisory Council Members at the Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica. They enjoyed a personal tour of our exhibit from our CCMM Founder and President, Valerie Lezin and Julia Goldman, Executive Director.

During their visit, we discussed the important role CCMM plays in bringing the ability to explore diversity to discover similarity to students in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Valerie Lezin explains the CCMM mission related to Kofi Annan’s call for Citizen Leadership:

Susan Sims-Hillbrand, Co-Chair Exhibition Committee of IGM AG, discusses art as a tool for bringing the diversity of the world together in one place where students can recognize something that relates to them and empowers them to bring the world together:

Read more about their visit here:

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Thank you teachers!

Today is World Teacher’s Day.

We want to take a minute to thank all the great teachers we have worked with since our start. You provide support and help get our program into the schools for your students, and that makes you an important part of our program.


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International Music Day

It’s International Music Day!

Music. No matter what kind of music you like, the essence of music is something that is universal to all cultures, and to us as humans. Music is something that goes back to early man; instruments have been found dating back 100,000 years. And music from various cultures have influenced new music genres.

Moroccan Darbuka, Indian Jhunjhuna, Cuban Guiro

Moroccan Darbuka, Indian Jhunjhuna, Cuban Guiro

Our extensive collection includes many musical instruments (like the Moroccan Darbuka, Indian Jhunjhuna, and Cuban Guiro) that students can touch and play to understand the similarities and differences that make us unique and special.


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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Guatemalan Statue

Guatemalan Statue from the CCMM collection

From September 15th to October 15th,  National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

In 1968 under President Johnson, the observation began as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded it a month, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

It may seem odd that the celebration starts in the middle of the month. The reason? September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It also is close to the independence of Mexico (9/16) and Chile (9/18). Additionally, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

For a list of local events, check out the Latino Heritage LA website.

CCMM helps bring to light the cultures of Latin American and South American cultures to the schools it visits. Click here to learn more about our programs.

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A Visit to Manual Arts High School

It was great to be at Manual Arts High School this past week.

Thank you to Ms. Keough for organizing our visit.  Below you can see students listening to our presentation about the display of artifacts behind them. Students were also able  to compare and contrast cultures from all over the world, touch objects, and discuss their own experiences in relation to the ways people all over the world use similar things to meet the needs of their daily lives.

CCMM at Manual Arts High School

CCMM founder, Valerie Lezin, gives a presentation to students about the artifacts behind her.

As the principal said, “The museum was awesome! Kudos Ms. Keough!”

We couldn’t agree more!

Want CCMM to come to your school? Register your school here.

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