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.
Local students compete to have their work judged by artist Martin Kersels.
Ink on cloth landscape paintings made by 4th and 5th graders were inspired by Bada Shanren’s work included in the 2012-13 exhibition The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China.
Young artists at Storyteller Children’s Center get a hand from the Art in Motion program
The development of an innovative iCubist iPad app was supported by the Women’s Board as part of another exhibition, Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-1912
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