Culture Boxes

Generously Supported By:

Swigert Foundation 

What is a Culture Box?

WorldOregon Culture Boxes are filled with hands-on, authentic treasures and lessons about the art, culture and daily life of people from over 100 countries across six continents. These boxes can include:

  • handcrafts
  • musical instruments,
  • cooking utensils,
  • traditional dress,
  • foreign language books
  • games, and much more!

Culture Boxes help learners to explore and understand cultural identity around the world. Teachers can borrow Culture Boxes to enhance their lessons and increase global literacy for their K-12 students. Many of these items were donated by fellow Oregonians who have traveled, lived, or immigrated from around the world. By interacting with these cultural items, Oregonians can prepare themselves to live, work, and thrive in multicultural communities. 

Learn more about our most recently created Somali Culture Box by our Young Leaders in Action Alumni, Faisal Osman! 



To reserve a Culture Box, please contact Karen Ettinger at Include the name of your school, grade level, the name of the box you would like to reserve. 


Which countries are represented in your culture boxes?

We currently have culture boxes in over 100 countries across 6 continents. For a complete list, click here! 


How do teachers use culture boxes?


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Alignment to Oregon Standards & The Common Core.


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