Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 9:00 am

San Diego, CA—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for the Extended School Partnership (ESP) program.

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

The NEA award will allow MCASD to deliver its award-winning ESP program to middle and high schools across San Diego. The ESP program is a free, high-quality, arts integration program serving more than 1,600 students and 40 educators in grades 6-12. Schools participate through multiple levels of engagement, including teacher professional development, guided visits to the museum, in-class activities, and a public showcase of student artwork hosted at the Museum.

MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO Kathryn Kanjo shares, “We are grateful to the NEA for this investment in MCASD’s ESP and for recognizing the Museum as an educational asset. Hallmarks of this semester-long partnership include customized curriculum and hands-on art making. ESP empowers teachers to incorporate art into their classroom, opening young minds to artistic expression.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

To learn more about MCASD’s ESP program, visit

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Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.