The Museum is proud to partner with individuals, schools, and foundations to offer “Art for All” to students and visitors.

Museum outreach programs bring relevant and accessible high-quality arts education directly to schools and institutions around the county.

We also engage the community by partnering with nonprofits, festivals, and by providing experiences for adults with special needs.

Learn more about the many ways we engage with the community through Art for All.

If you would like more information about these programs, please contact us at

Student-Centered Programs

Engagement with Community Schools and Institutions

The Museum offers a variety of ambitious student-centered engagement programs that serve over two thousand students in the greater San Diego area annually. Long-term, multiple visit programs enable our professional artist-educators to spend time with each student, and to help them express themselves through art.

Throughout the year, Museum educators visit up to twelve sites, providing anywhere between six and twenty workshop sessions, visits to the Museum, and student exhibitions.

Among the sites is The Monarch School, the only school in the country that exclusively serves students experiencing homelessness. The Museum provides art education modules, sequential art learning experiences, and Museum visits throughout the school year.

Guest Pass Donation Requests

The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to support the non-profit community within San Diego County. Because the Museum receives thousands of requests throughout the year, the following criteria are considered when awarding donations.

If approved, you will receive via email a voucher for redemption of a pair of guest passes valid for general admission at the Museum during regular business hours. Guest passes are not valid for ticketed events or Art Alive.

The requesting organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 non-profit in good standing in the State of California
  • Serve within San Diego County
  • Be arts- or education-related, or have a mission to reach the greatest number of people in the San Diego County community
  • Not be affiliated with any political party

This criteria allows the Museum to support our community in alignment with our mission to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art. To submit a request for donation, click here.


Memories at the Museum | Alzheimer Tour

“Memories at the Museum” is a collaboration with UCSD’s Alzheimer’s Research Center, the Timken Museum, Mingei International, and MOPA to offer tours to people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s. This outreach program serves student, senior centers, libraries, community organizations. For more information please email or call 619.232.7931.


The Museum participates in family festivals and fairs throughout the region. Museum staff and volunteers offer an art-making activity related to a current exhibition, which encourages participants to visit the Museum.

Please contact to learn more about our past outreach engagements.