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What foreign countries have you been to?

Do you know somebody who was born in another country?

Can you name one country in each continent: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America?

Many countries have territories in Antarctica but the continent of Antarctica doesn't have its own countries!

Other Cultural Programs at Palms

• African-American Parent Symposiums

Black History Month

• Black History Assembly

Ballet Folklórico

• Latinx Parent Symposiums

• Social Studies classes

The cultural mix at Palms is amazing and wonderful! It's the best way to learn about cultures other than your own.

Mobile Museum Fair

Connecting Cultures was one of two dozen invited exhibitors at the first-ever Los Angeles Central Library Mobile Museum Fair in January 2019.

Connecting Cultures mask display

Connecting Cultures Exhibit

In the Spring semester the Palms Library puts on a display of Connecting Cultures, celebrating the world's many cultures. Throughout the week, classes visit the Library to view the incredible display of unique and interesting items from many different cultures. Sometimes there are musical performances too.

Parents are welcome to stop by the library during Open House to view the display and enjoy a dessert buffet. If you would like to contribute a dessert from your country of origin for this effort, please bring it by just before 5:00pm.

Themes rotate every 3 years:

2022 - Everyday Connections. Students will examine and learn about traditional or special occasion clothing, shoes and hats, talismans and other charms to attract good fortune or scare away bad spirits, traditional toys, games, and sports jerseys and equipment from around the world.

2023 - Spiritual Connections. Students examine and learn about the diverse ways that people from around the world practice their beliefs, with masks, organized religion, and musical instruments.

2024 - Commercial Connections. Student examine and learn about artifacts for natural resources, trade, and colonization.

Students tour the exhibit on schooldays (see below). Parents are welcome to visit at these times as well.

For Connecting Cultures schedule news, check the School Calendar and watch for news announcements.

The Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum was founded in 1995 by former Palms parent Valerie Lezin. The program began at Palms Middle School and has now expanded to reach over 16,000 students each year. Its collection has grown to more than 3,000 artifacts from more than 75 countries.

2022 Exhibit

Setup

  • Thursday, February 3
  • Friday, February 4
  • Monday, February 7
  • Tuesday. February 8

Exhibit, open during school hours

  • Wednesday, February 9
  • Thursday, February 10
  • Friday, February 11
  • Monday, February 14
  • Tuesday, February 15
  • Wednesday, February 16
  • Thursday, February 17 - Open House and DNA Models on display

Cleanup

  • Friday, February 18
  • Tuesday, February 22
  • Wednesday, February 23