Akari in Schools. Photo: Harumi Ori

Akari in Schools

Akari in Schools is a virtual school program for students in grades K–12. One of Noguchi’s tabletop Akari light sculptures is mailed directly to your school, and paired with a 45-minute to 1-hour interactive virtual lesson led by a museum educator through the teacher’s preferred video conferencing platform, telephone, or the Noguchi Museum’s Zoom account.

Through inquiry-based discussions and activities, students explore topics related to their classroom’s light sculpture, such as Noguchi’s experiences as a biracial artist, and the cultural influences that contributed to the development of Akari. After the virtual program, the Akari remains on permanent display in the physical or virtual classroom, continuing to inspire students to make connections between art and other aspects of their lives.

Akari in Schools can be scheduled in English, Spanish, or Japanese. The Akari in Schools kit includes a tabletop Akari light sculpture, a lightbulb, and a teacher’s curriculum guide. One lesson is scheduled per virtual program. Each classroom teacher must complete the application form for their classroom only. We cannot accept multiple classrooms in one application form. Akari in Schools is booked and now closed for the 2021–2022 school year.

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NYC Public Title 1 Schools: Free

The Akari in Schools program is free for all NYC Public Title I Schools.

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NYC Public Non-Title 1 Schools: $10

The Akari in Schools program has a materials fee of $10 for all NYC Public Non-Title I Schools.

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All Other Schools: $150

The Akari in Schools program has a fee of $150 for all other schools.

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Returning Participants

If your NYC public school classroom received an Akari light sculpture as part of a previous year’s program, please register here to participate again for 2022.

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