Through our rich collection of original works of art and internationally acclaimed exhibitions, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art provides effective and engaging art education programs, filled with inventiveness and inspiration, guided by well-grounded teaching practices.
This past year alone we have achieved remarkable success, reaching more than 25,000 students and 1,100 teachers with exemplary instruction and classroom training. While proud of this accomplishment, we believe it is essential to do even more to bring the transformative power of the visual arts to our underserved communities.
Research tells us that the benefits of regular participation in an arts program such as Homework/Artwork, a regular after-school program at the Eastside Library and Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, can be truly remarkable. A 25-year longitudinal UCLA study reports that students are five times less likely to drop out of high school than their socioeconomic peers who do not engage in an arts program.
SBMA's Director of Education, Patsy Hicks and her talented team of art educators are developing and expanding programs for students in our diverse communities, helping them use the study of art to unlock creativity and enhance critical thinking. Our community-based education programs exemplify the Museum's commitment to the notion that through well-crafted, culturally diverse education programs ... art can change lives.
I hope we can count on you to support this effort, and all our education programs, to help us not just achieve our stated mission—to integrate art into the lives of people—but to elevate those lives in remarkable and lasting ways.