School & Teacher Programs

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to a new school year and a new Museum! Following the completion of our multi-year renovation and last year’s exciting and exceedingly popular debut exhibition, Through Vincent’s Eyes, we look forward to the opportunity to reintroduce you to our outstanding permanent collection—a collection revitalized by our reimagined and expanded space. The 2022-2023 year is the time to revisit familiar favorites and introduce yourselves and your students to provocative and powerful new acquisitions. It’s a time to find comfort, solace, serenity, and renewal in art, as well as to discover artworks in conversation with the compelling voices of social inequity, racial justice, societal change, and cultural relevance. It’s a year to remember that art is both timeless and timely.

We hope that students of all ages and abilities will feel welcome and confident expressing themselves in the creative environment of the Museum. Through guided conversations with docents, educators, and artists in our galleries, we invite students to make authentic and personal connections to art and to one another through close looking, inquiry, and dialogue.

Through our Annual Educator Open House, online resources, and special programs offered throughout the year, we hope you will gain skills and find new resources to make curricular connections to art in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. As always, our programs focus on incorporating art and artmaking into existing classroom curriculum and are led by Museum staff.

We are grateful for your continued commitment to your students and to art as an important part of your teaching. Courage, compassion, creativity, curiosity, and community—you foster all of these qualities in your classrooms. We hope you find that they are amplified and nurtured by your connection to the Museum and to art.

Patsy Hicks
Director of Education

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Grades K – 6
School Programs
Grades 7 – 12
School Programs

SBMA Education Donors

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors for their contributions to the Museum's Education Programs:

Nancy B. Schlosser and the Schlosser Family Trust
Carol MacCorkle
SBMA Women’s Board
Audrey Hillman Fisher Foundation

Rose Community Foundation
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
George H. and Olive J. Griffiths Charitable Foundation
Stone Family Foundation
David and Stefanie Jackson
Ridley-Tree Foundation
Kathleen Feldstein
Montecito Bank & Trust
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley

Jane and Ken Anderson, Bernadette Bagley, Betsy Blankenship, California Arts Council, Darryl Curran and Carole Brieant, Connie Frank and Evan Thompson, Martha Gabbert, Rosemarie and Bill Gebhart, Loree and Alan Gold, Beth Higbee, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Christy Jacobs, Lucille and Richard Janssen, Judy Jones, Jere and Fima Lifshitz, Loy Lytle and Sabina White, Mary McGrath, Ellen Morales, Rosemary and Nick Mutton, Michael O'Brien, Oshay Family Foundation, Debbie Pack, Diane Dodds-Reichert and David Reichert, Stephanie Reiss, Irene and Robert R. Stone, Sarah and Phillip Vedder, Maryan Schall, Kathy and Brian Schultz, Jacqueline and Stephen Simons, Ronald W. Steele, Candace Waid and David Marshall, Gary Wasserman and Sheila Greenbaum, Sharon Westby, Carla and Leslie Wilson, John T. Woodward IV, Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, Zegar Family Fund in Honor of Betsy Newman, Ellen and Gregory Zeiger, Shiela and Bradley Zeiger, Christopher Zyda, and donations made to the Annual Fund.

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