Programs | Mingei International Museum

Education is at the heart of our work. We believe the arts are not extra; they are essential. Mingei offers a wide variety of programs to support educators and students of all ages throughout the San Diego region.

Curriculum Guides and Lesson Plans

The Museum’s diverse collections include more than 25,000 objects from 141 countries spanning 23 centuries. Stunning exhibitions enlighten students about useful objects of timeless beauty, and they provide lessons in topics as wide-ranging as language arts, geography, mathematics, history, science, and anthropology.

Family Sunday

This free program includes family-friendly art-making activities tied thematically to the Museum’s permanent collection or exhibitions on view.

Mini Mingei

Our littlest visitors and their families are invited to explore toddler-centered folk art, craft, and design! Join us for something new each week. Activities will include seeing art, making crafts, hearing stories, and more. Mini Mingei is perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children ages 2–5.

Outreach at Home

Mingei’s Outreach at Home Series provides teachers and students with educational materials to learn and create art in their own art-making spaces.

ChIMES at Mingei: Artful Animals

San Diego Youth Symphony's ChIMES (Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles) program provides enriching musical experiences for parents/caregivers and their young children to sing, move, explore instruments, and create musical moments together. This special collaboration between ChIMES and Mingei will combine musical activities with hands-on art-making to engage all the senses.

Lifelong Makers

The Museum received a two-year $227,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Grant in support of its current distance learning programs, as well as new engagement programs to support seniors who are socially isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of this IMLS grant, Mingei partnered with Elderhelp and Jewish Family Service to offer hands-on artmaking opportunities and art prints featuring collection objects distributed to seniors' homes. These “at-home” programs are a combination of mailed art supplies, video instructions, and opportunities to connect with education staff and guest artists via social media and mail.

"Thank you for such a magnificent art class. My mom loved what I made and my dad had fun, too. I thought that the art was not just cool but super-cool! You explained the project really well. You talked to us like we were teenagers."

—Charly, elementary school student

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Explore folk art, craft, and design from across cultures and time.