Genesis Future Cities Project at MAF

For more information on Genesis, please visit their website.

What to expect

Students will design, prototype and build interactive systems into a 3D model city block. As more schools visit MAF, with each group building a unique block, the city will continue to grow with the ideas and contributions of students locally and nationwide.

Genesis currently offers two types of visits to the lab:

Innovation Lab Day Visit (90–180 minutes)

Students start their visit with a short gallery tour highlighting MAF artists relevant to the Future Cities project. The remainder of the visit is spent in the lab working at the intersection of art and technology to design and prototype real solutions to common urban living challenges. This trip requires no prep work and student groups leave with materials to facilitate further participation through Genesis’ online Design Challenges.

Innovation Lab in a Box and Lab Visit (8 week curriculum plus single visit)

Participating classes receive a Genesis Kit which includes enough materials, technology, professional development and curriculum for a class of 30 to work through an 8 week design cycle, culminating in a trip to the lab. This trip does require that a facilitator run weekly sessions with students leading up to their visit. However, the curriculum is designed to allow even the least tech-savvy facilitator to learn and experiment along with their students as they design, prototype, ideate, and test their Future Cities concepts. After their visit, student groups are encouraged to continue participating through Genesis’ online Design Challenges.


Students will experiment with

  • Robotics
  • Computational Tinkering
  • Physical Computing
  • 3D Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Projection Mapping
  • Wearable Technology
  • Game Design
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • App Development
  • Internet of Things
  • Programming
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechatronics

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Genesis at the Marciano Art Foundation and what is the Future Cities Project?

Genesis at the Marciano Art Foundation is a joint project between Genesis, a STEAM education non-profit, and the Marciano Art Foundation. Group visits to MAF are centered around our Future Cities Project, in which thousands of K-12 students, adult design mentors, and MAF featured artists will work collaboratively to decide how art and technology will be used to thoughtfully and creatively solve the challenges of urban living. Students work together to design, prototype and install interactive systems into a model city block. As more schools visit MAF, with each group building a unique block, the city will continue to grow with the ideas and contributions of students locally and nationwide.

How much does this trip cost?

Admission is FREE for everyone.

How early in advance should I make a reservation?

Please submit requests at least three weeks before your first choice of visit date to allow time to process it. We do our best to accommodate last-minute requests, but we cannot guarantee availability.

How do we get to MAF?

MAF offers free bussing for all LAUSD Title I schools. There are two options for securing the bus, the first option is preferred because it allows us to keep transportation costs low, which ultimately allows for more kids to use the bus program.

Option 1: Reimbursement (preferred method). Whoever is coordinating the trip must submit an invoice with supporting documentation to MAF (ie the invoice which the school paid) and MAF will reimburse the school.

Option 2: Direct Reservation. If there’s no way to book your own bus, then MAF will book one through a charter bus company.

How many students can attend?

In order to give students the best experience possible, we ask that schools bring a maximum of 60 students.

How many adult chaperones should we bring?

We ask that you bring one adult for every 15 students.

What about lunches and backpacks?

With so many incredible pieces in MAF’s collection, we unfortunately do not have any room to store school lunches or backpacks. We ask that you leave your belongings on the bus. Additionally, classes are not permitted to eat on MAF premises, but you can picnic at nearby Harold A. Henry park, which is just a 10-minute walk away.

Where should we park? 

MAF is located at 4357 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. The entrance to the building is on Lucerne Boulevard. While there is a parking lot, we are unable to accommodate buses. You may unload and load on Lucerne, outside of the entrance to the courtyard.

What is the agenda for the visit?

Each visit it tailored to the needs and interests of the visiting school. The visit will be between 1.5–3 hours depending on which time slot was booked. During your visit students will go on a tour of MAF to familiarize themselves with the work of our featured artist and other relevant pieces. Next we will gather in the lab to go over our goals for the day, introduce the technologies we will be working with, and break into task groups led by an adult mentor. The remaining time will be spent working in tasks groups on a specific part of the future cities project. Task groups will install their work into their block and present it to the group before the end of the visit.

Who should I contact to make a reservation or ask questions?

To make a reservation, please complete the school visit request form. For all other questions contact Lauren Arshad at