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.

Outreach at Home

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

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.

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.

Girl Scouts of San Diego Partnership

Mingei offers Girl Scouts, both troops and individual girls, engaging and interactive experiences within a Museum environment. Participate in unique leadership opportunities, interesting art-making activities and make connections to artists and art forms from all eras and cultures around the world.

"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