Our Mission

The Arts Education Council, formally known as the East County Chapter, promotes membership in and support of The San Diego Museum of Art, supports art education for underserved school children, and provides members with opportunities to enrich their knowledge and appreciation of art.

Membership Benefits/Events

Your membership will give you opportunities to meet new friends, enrich your knowledge of art, and participate in fun activities in support of the Museum. Members and guests look forward each year to a wide array of fundraising events, including the annual Holiday Party and silent auction. Other events include public art tours, bus trips to museums, exhibitions, garden tours and other interesting venues. Recent trips included The Getty Villathe Adamson House in Malibu, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and the Sam Maloof Arts and Crafts house.

To be a member of a support council, you must be a member of the San Diego Museum of Art at the Supporter (formerly Household) level ($100) or above. The annual membership dues for support councils are an additional $50 for an individual and $75 for dual.  For membership information, please contact Jocelyn Zimmermanor at 619.462.9645.

Membership Meetings

Monthly lecture meetings, September through June, are held on the first Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare Center Auditorium.  For information, please contact Chair Michele Schlecht or at 619.283.3732.

Arts Education Council Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence program is one of intensive art education which encourages creative thinking and cultivates imagination. Working in tandem with teachers, this program places a professional artist/educator into 4th and 5th grade classrooms in underserved schools. Lessons are coordinated with the California State Curriculum standards to provide students with an understanding of art including: color, shape, texture, form and composition. Students are given tools to understand and interpret their world in new ways. During the course of the program, the students are taken to the Museum twice. The first visit is for a docent-guided tour of the galleries. The second is for a reception and exhibition of the children’s work in the Museum’s boardroom which is attended by the students and their family and friends. Students are then encouraged to lead their families through the galleries, and teach their families what they learned on their docent tour. The Artist-in-Residence program familiarizes young people with the Museum and its role in the community and encourages a life-long interest in the arts.

Support the Artist-In-Residence Program

Did You Know?

• Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting/program or event as a guest…

• Although located in the East County, the Council enjoys members from other areas…

• The Council was established in 1964 and is governed by an Executive Board of its own members…


Featured image: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Young Shepherdess. Oil on canvas mounted on board, 1885. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Larsen. 1968.82.