Oh, Christmas is comes early for me yet again. I heart Educator Open House season in San Diego and this year's line-up is really, really good guys. But to find out about these events takes a little bit of digging, so I've compiled everything in one handy dandy blog post.
First up, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido will host its annual Educators' Night Out. This is a new one for me, but it have heard that the Center puts on a lovely event. The event is free to all San Diego County educators and administrators, just RSVP by September 18 here.
Next up, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego invites educators to join it for a day-long series of workshops titled Educators Engage! Through the workshops, participants will learn how to incorporate contemporary art and in-gallery teaching techniques into a variety of disciplines. The program costs just $5 for an entire day of professional development. (How crazy is that?!) I have been before and would highly recommend it. Want proof of my attendance? I'm right there in the marketing photo on the MCASD's website. (Yup, that's me with the crazy hair and camo pants.) For more information on this year's Educators' Engage Workshop, head here.
Do you have kids? Then you won't want to miss Educator's Night Out at The New Children's Museum. Educators and their families are invited to the Museum to explore the Museum's newest exhibition, Eureka! for free! There will be information about school field trips, live performances, and art-making workshops, too. For more information on Educators' Night Out at NCM, head here.
And finally, Mingei International Museum is offering a full season of events, starting with an Educator Preview of Made in America on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 until 7:30pm. At this event, educators can catch a special preview of Made in America, Mingei's new exhibition, led by Mingei's Director Rob Sidner. (More info here.)
Then on Thursday, October 15 from 4:30 until 7:30pm, educators are invited back to explore Made in America further and learn about standards-aligned curriculum that was developed in conjunction with the exhibition. (More info here.)
On Thursday, October 30, Mingei will host its Educators Open House from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. I have been to this event in the past and it is well worth your time. Mingei pulls out all the stops for educators. There are fun projects to do, and really, really knowledgable people at the Museum to speak with. Have topic you need to cover, but don't have a clue how to approach it? The staff at Mingei have not failed me yet. They know something about everything and their knowledge base spans cultures around the globe. Trust me, just ask. For more information on Mingei's Educators Open House or to RSVP, head here. And stay tuned for more educator only events at Mingei later this Winter.
Now, I know there are more Educator Open Houses out there and when I find them, I will report back here. (theNat, for example, typically has a great event and I'm a sucker for free iMax movies....)