In 2015, the Museum of Sonoma County launched the Art4Kids Youth Education Program to bring hands-on arts education to low-income 5th and 6th grade classrooms in Sonoma County.
Each program begins with a tour at the museum and an art-making activity led by one of our professional teaching artists. The teaching artist may then visit the classroom for follow-up art sessions which build on the students’ experience at the museum. The program is free to qualifying schools, including transportation and art supplies.
Program curriculum is developed each season based on the California Visual Arts Content Standards and inspired by the Museum's exhibitions. Museum Docents and Teaching Artists use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to engage students with the artwork in the exhibition.
Accommodations for COVID safety, including virtual tours and lessons, are available on request. Schools must have CA Title I status and be within Sonoma County to qualify for the Art4Kids program.
The Art4Kids program currently serves nine Santa Rosa schools, reaching over 800 students each year. Partner schools include:
Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Bellevue Elementary, Helen Lehman Elementary, Kid Street Learning Center, Luther Burbank Elementary, Roseland Elementary, Roseland Creek Elementary, Sheppard Accelerated Elementary, and Steele Lane Elementary.
The Art4Kids program is currently supported by funding provided by the Community Foundation Sonoma County and the special interest license plate featuring the image of Snoopy, with permission and support from Peanuts Worldwide (Section 5169 of the Vehicle Code) for the Museum Grant Program under the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.
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The mission of the Museum of Sonoma County is to engage and inspire our diverse community with art and history exhibitions, collections, and public programs that are inclusive, educational, and relevant.