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About CARE

The Collaborative Arts Resources for Education (CARE) program is a school-based artist residency and teacher professional development collaboration among four premier arts organizations in San Diego: the Museum of Photographic Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, the Mingei International Museum, and the Timken Museum of Art. Since 2004, CARE has provided more than 4,000 elementary-level students in low-income areas and 170 teachers with standards-aligned art experiences that relate to the collections, exhibitions, and performances of each CARE partner institution. The goals of the program are (1) to increase students’ knowledge, understanding, and experiences with the visual and performing arts, (2) to build capacity within teachers and schools for integrating arts into existing curriculum, and (3) to share resources for teaching and learning in the arts. To achieve its goals the CARE program focuses its resources on three major components: (1) artist residencies, (2) teacher professional development, and (3) an online resource center.

Artist Residencies

Each artist residency program spans seven weeks and provides in-depth, hands-on experiences that develop students’ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Additionally, the program seeks to awaken teachers’ abilities to integrate the arts into the existing curriculum through an instructional approach known as graduated release. This method starts with the art organization’s artist-educators providing 100% of the instruction, graduates to a co-teaching model with the teacher joining at predetermined points in the lesson, and culminates in the classroom teacher leading instruction while the artist-educator moves into a coaching role. Residencies meet weekly at the school sites and each classroom visits the partner institution for a performance or exhibition at least once during the program.

Teacher Professional Development

Throughout its seven-year history, the CARE program has offered teachers pedagogical and logistical resources to incorporate arts education into their units of study. Open to any teacher in San Diego county and beyond, the CARE teacher workshops focus on visual literacy and provide an opportunity for personal creative development. Each workshop includes expert guest presenters, interaction with original works of art, and ready-to-implement lesson plans.

Online Resource Center

The CARE webssite was created in 2005 with the intention of hosting art lesson plans that are easy to incorporate into existing curriculum. For this reason, all of the arts-based lesson plans are linked to at least one additional content area and align with the California State Content Standards. In each lesson plan, you will find printable images from the four arts partners' collections, samples of student work, descriptive supply lists and procedures, and bibliographic resources. Additionally the website features interactive pages for kids and families with fun art activites to do at home.

As you explore the website and engage with us, please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.


Museum of Photographic Arts
Mingei Museum Timken Museum of Art

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