Autry National Center

Autry Education

The Education Department is dedicated to enriching the experience of all visitors through thoughtful, entertaining, and engaging classes, programs, and activities. Education staff and volunteers connect with more than 40,000 visitors every year, many of them students from LAUSD and the surrounding school districts. We invite you to learn more about school tours, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers.

Outreach programs are an important part of education initiatives at the Autry. Autry museum educators work hand-in-hand with teachers and students in local schools, bring together students, teachers, and museum professionals to learn about history in fun and engaging ways. During the past year, the Autry launched Autry Classroom Curators, an educational program that transforms middle and high school students into researchers, scholars, and artists. 

2015 Autry Student Film Festival: Old West/New West

Our second annual Autry Student Film Festival, a program of Autry Classroom Curators, has all the hallmarks of a film festival, including walks and photos on the red carpet, remarks from industry insiders, and, of course, the screening of dynamic films.

This year’s theme, Old West/New West, encourages students to explore the diverse histories of the American West, address contemporary issues in Los Angeles and across the region, or share their personal experiences as twenty-first century Westerners.

Learn more about the theme and submission details through the Festival Guidelines.


Rough Draft Deadline: March 20, 2015
Accepted Entry Final-Format Deadline: April 13, 2015


Please fill out an electronic entry form at

All entries must be submitted on a DVD. DVDs must be mailed to or dropped off at the following address:

Autry National Center of the American West
c/o Katherine Krieger, Education Office
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027



  • The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
  • Joseph Drown Foundation
  • The Georgina-Frederick Children’s Foundation
  • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
  • Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg/Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation
  • Mary R. Stauffer Foundation
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund



4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 Phone: 323.667.2000

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