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July 17, 2014

Getty Participates In Los Angeles’ “Summer Of Learning” Program

 Free program promotes exploration of Los Angeles cultural institutions


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Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

LOS ANGELES - This summer, the Getty Center and Getty Villa have transformed into open-air classrooms full of free educational activities as part of the Los Angeles Summer of Learning. Inspired by the idea that learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom, Summer of Learning invites students and parents to sign up on to open a world of fun activities in art, science, technology, engineering, and math.

“We are pleased to be one of the participants in this valuable, free program for students across Los Angeles,” says Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “Summer of Learning allows children to explore the Getty in new, creative ways that are engaging and rewarding.”

The program is a collaboration with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, along with cultural centers, community-based organizations, the business and philanthropic community, and museums including the Getty, LACMA, the Chinese American Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Skirball Cultural Center and the Reagan Library.

These institutions and others are offering classes and events in which students can participate, earning virtual badges that reflect their newfound skills and achievements.

Three badges are on offer at the Getty Museum this summer. Students can solve an art mystery on their phone and sleuth through the galleries of the Getty Center and the Getty Villa to find very special artworks, then sketch their favorites. After the activity, students can collect a claim code that unlocks a virtual badge from the Summer of Learning Program.

“In addition to participation in Summer of Learning, the Getty Museum’s education department is also offering a variety of tours, workshops, demonstrations, performances and interactive activities for families,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “The Getty offers many ways for families to expand their cultural and artistic horizons.”

Enrollment is easy and free. Parents and kids can sign up on the website and start exploring. Once an activity is complete, the student is awarded a badge. After a student earns a badge, the website suggests another learning opportunity, giving students tailored ideas for more fun things to explore.

For more information on the Getty’s summer of learning activities, visit For a schedule of other summer family opportunities at the Getty, visit

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, with special extended Friday hours until 9:00 pm May 30-August 29. It is closed Monday and most major holidays, open on July 4. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

Visiting the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special Saturday hours until 9 p.m. May 30-August 23 (with the exception of July 19). It is closed Tuesday and most major holidays, open on July 4. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish); (310) 440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

Same-day parking at both Museum locations (Getty Center and Getty Villa) is available for $15 through the Getty's Pay Once, Park Twice program.

Additional information is available at
Sign up for e-Getty at to receive free monthly highlights of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa via e-mail, or visit for a complete calendar of public programs.

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