This award-winning program trains SFUSD 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 elementary students through an interactive activity that is done in small groups. 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 elementary school students discuss and interpret what they see. Interested teachers or group leaders should submit a summer reservation form by email or mail only. This acdemic year the program will focus on the New Guinea permanent collection at the de Young.
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, which takes place in the fall, and presentations and tours, offered in the spring.
SFUSD high school students interested in the summer program should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.750.3520.
The Museum Ambassador Program is made possible with support from Bank of America, de Youngsters, Pam Earing and Jeff Thomas, Gap Inc., Dr. Jessica and Jeffrey Gaynor, Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, Kimball Foundation, the Marilyn Langer Memorial Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Garland M. Lasater III, Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Lauder, The Links, Incorporated – San Francisco Chapter, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McKnight, Mr. and Mrs. Jason E. Moment, Sato Foundation, Diane B. Wilsey, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.