My Masterpieces

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 Masterpiecespartner organizations include The ArmoryThe Norton Simon Museum, & The Huntington Library. We’ve collaborated with the District to develop a specialized Alternate Routes curriculum that is vetted to meet California Math & Science Core Standards and we’re committed to add 4 schools each year until we are serving the entire district which includes 1,400 3rd graders by 2013. The 3rd grade curriculum includes 2 classroom lessons, a field trip to the Gamble House, and 4 hours aboard one of our newly renovated mobile woodworking studios, where students design and fabricate a functional object. 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.