Integral to every exhibition supported by the Women’s Board is an education component that enhances the experience for visitors, with a particular emphasis on outreach to families and youth. The Museum provides art education programs to over 40,000 people annually and is a major provider of visual arts education in the Santa Barbara public schools
In 2015, as part of The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy exhibition, SBMA worked with students of all ages. Senior Teaching Artist Tina Villadolid provided free art lessons to pre-kindergarten students of the Museum’s long term community partner, Storyteller Children’s Center, and the Museum hosted a field trip and interactive projects for elementary and junior high students from the Boys & Girls Club. A high school event featured informal docent-led tours, and art-making projects lead by the Museum’s Teen Interns on a Bauhaus inspired set created in the summer Teen Master Class.
In 2012, in conjunction with the installation of Martin Kersels’ Charms at the Museum, the Women’s Board provided funding for a sculpture competition among local high school and college students.
Over the years, the Women’s Board has also provided support to several Museum education programs, including Homework/Artwork After School, a program offered at some Santa Barbara elementary schools, and Art in Motion, a multiple-visit art program for homeless or at-risk children and their families in collaboration with Storyteller Children’s Center.