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LA is our campus

We offer our students a wide range of engaging education experiences across our city.These experiences enhance critical thinking, ignite innovation, and expand their horizons beyond the walls of NDA.  

Lost in LA 2024 (Culture) Sessions Included:

Getty Villa-Cultural Connections - Learning How Ancient Civilizations Shaped Contemporary Society -Experience an authentic Italian Villa in the Pacific Palisades featuring Greek and Roman art housed in a re-created ancient villa preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 

Downtown LA film locations-Film Noir in LA: Cultural Influences and Effects - Delve deeper into cultural influences as well as the lasting cultural impact of film noir, by viewing noir films, analyzing noir characteristics, and visiting film locations and real crime scenes in Downtown LA.  

UCLA Gardens and Grounds-Stop and Smell the Flowers: Exploring UCLA's Gardens and Grounds -Explore the 7.5 acre versatile oasis on the UCLA campus that serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory, community gathering place and living museum. See how spaces influence culture and observe the wildlife: authentic college students! 

Culver City - Come Play in Our Backyard - Culver City -The arts have defined Culver City since it was first conceived. Did you know that The Wizard of Oz was filmed right in our backyard, in Culver City? We'll explore allusions to the early film industry and dig up other cultural artifacts sprinkled throughout the city. 

Beverly Hills- Road to Rodeo: Streets Paved with Gold? - Right in the center of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive houses some of the most expensive brands in the world. Dive into a culture of fashion and art as we explore why we as humans put so much value on materialistic items.  

Chinatown - Developing a culture of peace and tolerance through a visit to Chinatown - Peace and Love vs. War and Hate. Asian hate crimes are up and tension with mainland China is heightening.  Our trip to Chinatown will address both the domestic and international issues involved in this choice.  

Downtown LA-Walt Disney Concert Hall and Broad Museum-The "High Culture" of Los Angeles - Explore two of LA's most famous cultural sites. Students will begin with a self-guided audio tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, and then walk down the street to visit some of the exhibitions at the Broad Museum 

UCLA’s Hammer Museum and Botanical Gardens-Art & Gardens: Exploring Public Spaces for Inspiration and Contemplation in LA - Dive into contemporary art and sculpture on our expedition through UCLA's Hammer Museum, botanical garden, and sculpture garden. Our mission for this day is to spark creativity and inspiration by surrounding ourselves with works of art that prompt us to think differently about ourselves and our world. 

Little Tokyo- Explore Little Tokyo: Interconnectedness and the “other” - Embark on a captivating journey through Little Tokyo, where the rich tapestry of Los Angeles' cultural interconnectedness comes to life. We will also stop at a Buddhist temple, lunch in one of the local restaurants, a visit to Fugetsu-Do bakery- the oldest shop in Little Tokyo and a historic LA landmark, and more. 

Getty Center: exploring the museum as a creative snapshot of intersection of cultures. - Getty Center: Crossroads of culture. Explore the iconic Getty Center's collections and famous gardens. The museum can be understood as a creative snapshot of the intersection of cultures. 

Mid-City Los Angeles - The Cultural Intersection of Creative Industry and Individual Craft - Does art need to be high cost and high tech? Or can it be with ordinary materials? We will focus on the application of creative skill at both the Museum of Motion Picture and the California Craft museum, then experience a cultural lunch thanks to the rich diversity of Los Angeles. 

The MOCA Experience - How many Contemporary artists can you name? What are they making? Broaden your horizons by exploring the MOCA, Museum Of Contemporary Art and the nearby sculpture park. We will contrast it with the architectural form of the Angel's Flight, one of the shortest railroad lines in the country, as we descend to the Central Market for lunch. 

Hollywood and Griffith Observatory - LA the Land of Stars. A cultural exploration of celebrities and celestial bodies - Students will explore Hollywood’s walk of fame, where celebrities are given stars to commemorate their contributions, and then head to the Griffith Park Observatory to observe stars of the celestial kind. Experience the interconnections between space and Hollywood!

Previous 2023 sessions have included:

  • #GirlsCan: A dive into startup culture with visits to SNAPCHAT HQ, spotlighting female CEOs.
  • Advancing Equity: Conversations with LA’s influential women at Mount Saint Mary’s University’s symposium on The Report on Women and Girls in the Workplace.
  • Caring Hearts and Hands:  Acquire Red Cross certifications and insights into starting a babysitting business.
  • Creating a Center for Sustainability at NDA:  Craft a vision for an NDA sustainability center focusing on the three R's.
  • Culinary & Cultural Treasures of Downtown LA: A historical study and tasting tour of Downtown LA's diverse culinary scene.
  • Engineering . . . the Future:  Engage in hands-on programming and engineering practices and craft a 3D souvenir.
  • Explore Santa Monica through Movement and Photography:  A fusion of dance and  photography capturing the beauty of Santa Monica.
  • Hip Hop Evolution!: Trace the cultural beats of Hip Hop and craft an art piece.
  • Homelessness and the City of Los Angeles:  Engage with city officials, including Mayor Karen Bass, on this pressing issue.
  • A Persian Walk in Westwood: Explore Little Persia's markets and savor its authentic cuisine and history.
  • Placement of Museum Space in a Postmodern City: Delve into the Getty Museum's cultural significance in modern LA.
  • Searching for Classic Hollywood: Rediscover iconic film locations and study the history of film in Los Angeles.
  • Urban Refuge: Exploring nature in the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • The World of Music, Found in LA: From the Grammy Museum to Disney Hall, a musical city tour and study.
  • Your Voice - Your Verve!: Harness storytelling with voice and movement techniques.