SDAI promotes multimedia art education through in- and after-school art programs, summer camps, and individualized youth art education initiatives. We hire practicing artists making important contributions to their fields who have also demonstrated a vested interest in the capacity of art to heal, inform, and empower young people. Our educators deploy creative, critical pedagogies and cultural competence to foster technical skill-building, critical analysis, and creative expression among a wide demographic of students. All programming adheres to the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards developed by the California Board of Education.

Funding for youth art programs at SDAI is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, The Sence Foundation, DPR Construction, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and the Dr. Seuss Foundation.




San Diego Art Institute has developed a recurring art program featuring artist Meegan Nolan with the students of Marcy School: an alternative high school and rehabilitation center.  Marcy School is a 100% Title 1 School with no funding for Arts Education.  Each student at Marcy has been diagnosed as emotionally disturbed and thus is unable to receive the guidance and instruction they require from a more traditional learning environment.

With the students’ special needs in consideration, SDAI worked with Tish Sjoberg of Expressive Arts to design programming that integrates art into Health Education lesson plans with a specific emphasis on emotional well being, self care, and safe and informed decision-making. Students learn to heal from and prevent eating disorders, addiction, suicide, and STDs utilizing healthy modes of expression to communicate their experiences. We look forward to spending more time with these young artists, and continuing to cultivate empowerment through artistic development along with them.


Arts Integration and Common Core

San Diego Art Institute and artists Collective Magpie have developed an arts integration program that directly responds to Visual and Performing Art Standards set by the national Common Core curriculum.

Third and fourth grade students are currently learning the elements of art in conjunction with prompts that integrate English Language Arts standards. The Loteria Project presents students with insight into the popular Mexican game while teaching students about culture and art specific to the region. Students will create a custom game board featuring paintings and drawings that each class will construct collaboratively. The program culminates in an exhibition of the students’ work, and invites the community to play a vibrant round of Loteria as a performative extension of the project.

San Miguel Elementary School is a Title I school working diligently to create fruitful visual and performance art curriculum to integrate into each grade level. To support the Loteria project, please consider making a monetary donation. Every dollar counts!


2015-2016 & 2016-2017

SDAI is proud to partner with San Diego Unified School District's Learning Through the Arts Title 1 Initiative to bring a long term arts integration residency to Porter Elementary School and Rosa Parks Elementary School. The mission of the Title 1 Learning Through the Arts program is to transform school’s cultural climates through art instruction and engagement. San Diego Art Institute has placed professional artist Jesi Saucedo in 3rd grade classes at Porter Elementary where she engaged the students in dynamic art lessons that reinforced the concepts they learned in their concurrent language arts studies. The Learning Through the Arts Integration Program supports literacy, math and science strategies and is aligned with the National Core Art Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.