is one of the cornerstone values of The New Children’s Museum and a driving force behind our educational partnerships.
In fall of 2008, The New Children’s Museum launched a pilot School-in-Residence educational program that provides hands-on, meaningful and guided projects to students from downtown San Diego.
Through this program, fifty third-graders and their teachers from Washington Elementary spend three weeks on-site at NCM, taking their regular classes in the Museum’s Arts Education Center. They participate in a specially designed curriculum to enhance and encourage creativity. Goals of the program include building community within the school; encouraging students to examine objects in new ways and ask questions; promoting the art-making process and empowering students to view themselves as artists. Ultimately, the Museum’s School-in-Residence program will partner with schools from all over San Diego county.
NCM is proud to partner with Monarch School and A.R.T.S. for a weekly after school program. The Monarch School provides education and basic needs to homeless or at-risk children, and A.R.T.S. offers free art activities to children facing serious life difficulties. Children from both groups spend one afternoon per week in the Museum, taking part in artist-led studio activities in addition to free play in the Museum’s galleries. These weekly visits provide students with a creative outlet for expression, and consistent exposure to the arts. They also educate students about careers in the arts through direct contact with local artists and museum staff.