This award-winning program trains high school students to give presentations and lead museum tours for elementary school classes and community groups. These teen educators provide a unique and interactive approach to learning about art.
Museum Ambassadors—San Francisco public high school students trained as museum educators—will visit classrooms or community centers to introduce a special exhibition or a part of the permanent collection to younger students through an interactive activity that is done in small groups. During the summer, there is also an extensive art project. Participating teachers and group leaders receive a curriculum guide with further activities that can be done in the classroom or site.
After this presentation students are invited to visit the de Young Museum for a tour given by the Museum Ambassadors. Works of art will be treated as primary sources, and the Museum Ambassadors will help children discuss and interpret what they see.
The Museum Ambassadors are recruited twice a year: in September for the academic year program and in March/April for the summer program. Ambassadors are paid minimum wage for training and presentations. SFUSD students interested in the academic year program must attend Orientation at the de Young on September 22 2014 at 4:30pm. Please bring a completed application. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.750.3521.
The Museum Ambassador Program is made possible with support from Bank of America, the de Youngsters, the Elios Charitable Foundation, the Gap Foundation, the Kimball Foundation, the Miranda Lux Foundation, the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.