My Masterpieces

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In 2007 Side Street Projects and 10 other Pasadena cultural institutions embarked on the pilot of the My Masterpieces Program. My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community is a standards-based, supplemental elementary curriculum for the visual arts that connects Pasadena Unified School District (P.U.S.D.) students with the cultural resources of their community. Other approved My Masterpieces partner organizations include The Armory, The Norton Simon Museum, & The Huntington Library. We’ve collaborated with the District to develop a specialized curriculum that is vetted to meet California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. The 2nd grade curriculum includes a classroom pre tour Lesson, a field trip to the Pasadena Civic Center, and a hands on printmaking workshop with our Teaching Artists in which students design and fabricate a public art installation for their school. In 2010, P.U.S.D. was recognized by the California School Board Association with the “Golden Bell Award” for the My Masterpieces Program.

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This project is made possible through a grant from the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, and the LA County Arts Commission.