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 summer program may now download the job description and application from this page. We will begin reviewing applications of new Ambassadors on April 15, 2014.
The Museum Ambassador Program is made possible with support from the Belvedere-Tiburon Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, the Elios Charitable Foundation, the Gap Foundation, the Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, the Kimball Foundation, the Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.