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 younger students through an interactive activity that is done in small groups. During the summer, there is also an extensive art project. 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. Interested teachers or group leaders should submit a summer reservation form by email, mail or fax. This summer the program will focus on the special exhibition, J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free.
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 high school students interested in the summer program should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.750.3521.
The Museum Ambassador Program is made possible with support from the de Youngsters, the Elios Charitable Foundation, the Gap Foundation, The Links, Incorporated – San Francisco Chapter, the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the Sato Foundation, Diane B. Wilsey, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.