Extended School Partnership Program

MCASD's Free Extended School Partnership (ESP) Program For San Diego Regional Classroom Teachers and Their Students


Now in its seventh year, MCASD's ESP program enlivens the Common Core by offering 6-12th grade teachers and thier students a chance to discuss and connect to works of art through repeat visits led by the Museum's Gallery Educators and teachers. ESP provides professional development for teachers and encourages the use of the Museum as an extension of their classroom. Using arts-based learning experiences occurring in the classroom and at the Museum, ESP enhances teacher’s knowledge and tools by using contemporary art to sharpen students' critical thinking skills and engage in collaborative dialogue, inquiry, and art making.


Each partnership culminates in a showcase of students' artwork, where they are invited to exhibit their artistic and academic accomplishments and welcome their family, school, and the community at large.


Through multiple school and Museum visits with Gallery Educators, students and teachers embrace the Museum as a learning resource.


Visit our local ESP showcases during the Museum’s signature monthly event, Downtown at Sundown, held on the third Thursday of every month.

To find out more about the Extended School Partnership (ESP) program at MCASD, contact the Education Department at 858 454 3541 ext 318 or education@mcasd.org.


Now accepting ESP Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please complete the following online application. Please alert your Principal, Vice Principal, and school administration of your participation as a letter of agreement will be sent to you to sign along with a signature from school administration.

ESP Application 2018-2019


The Extended School Partnership (ESP) Program at MCASD is made possible by generous support from The Hearst Foundations, California Arts Council, ResMed Foundation, Nordstrom, Price Philanthropies Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation and the City of Chula Vista. 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, and annual contributors to the MCASD Museum Fund.