Extended School Partnership Program


MCASD’s Extended School Partnership Program empowers 6-12th grade teachers to use the Museum as an extension of the classroom. Through arts-based learning experiences occurring in the classroom and at the Museum, ESP can enhance teacher’s ability to incorporate original art objects into a curriculum, promoting students critical and creative thinking. The program consists of professional development for the classroom teacher, class visits to the Museum led by both the classroom teacher and MCASD Gallery Educators, in-classroom critique sessions and a culminating showcase of the partnership where students are able to exhibit their artistic and academic accomplishments at the Museum.

Each partnership’s length is unique to every school, and can be as short as a couple weeks, or as long as an academic year. Through multiple school and Museum visits by our Gallery Educators, students and teachers embrace the Museum as a learning resource. Come visit our local ESP showcases beginning this fall. Showcases will be held along the Museum’s downtown signature monthly event: Downtown at Sundown, held every third Thursday of the month, beginning in November

Extended School Partnership Application 2017-2018.
Now Open!


Learn more about the ESP program in this photo essay created by high school intern Ines Diot.

For more information about the Extended School Partnership Program, please contact the Education and Engagement Department at 858 454 3541 x151 or education@mcasd.org.

The Extended School Partnership (ESP) Program at MCASD is made possible by generous underwriting support from the ResMed Foundation, Bloomingdale's, City of Chula Vista, and annual contributors to the MCASD Museum Fund. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.