Creative Arts Curriculum Resources

Local Organizations

  • Asian Art Museum. Book a free guided gallery tour for your group, get resources to design and lead your own tour, or invite a docent to visit your program site.

  • Building Resources. Source for reusable building and landscaping materials. Also provides workshops and classes.

  • Children’s Creativity Museum. The Children’s Creativity Museum features innovative multi-media art and technology experiences for children ages 2-12. Excellent place for a field trip. 

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum. The CJM offers a wide variety of accessible and engaging arts events and programs for adults, teens, and families.

  • de Young Museum. The Fine Arts Museums’ Department of Education offers free community art making and art talks for adults, children, and families! The department’s Museum Ambassadors program trains local teens to facilitate art projects in San Francisco community centers, public libraries, cultural centers, schools, camps, and senior centers. The art making projects can accommodate up to 30 participants and all materials are provided. 

  • KQED Education. Free media literacy teaching & learning hub for educators and students. Professional development courses, classroom resources and unique tools that allow students to practice critical thinking, media making and civil discourse. 

  • Museum of the African Diaspora. A museum tour is a wonderful way to engage your classroom in discussion about art and culture, and to extend your classroom curriculum. Tours are led by experienced docents who are trained to facilitate active conversations and encourage critical thinking skills. All school tours align with Common Core Standards in Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, or Visual and Performing Arts, and may be customized to meet your classroom or organization needs.

  • RAFT: Resource Area for Teaching. RAFT leverages community donations and bulk purchasing to offer a wide range of low-cost materials, hands-on teaching tools, and school supplies. Online resources include content to help meet the needs for a wide variety of subjects, standards, and curriculum. 

  • SCRAP. SCRAP is a non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space. Affordable supplies available to teachers, artists, community organizations, and others in San Francisco.

  • SF Arts. Excellent calendar of arts-related events for children & youth.

  • San Francisco Arts Commission. The San Francisco Arts Commission serves as a resource hub for the San Francisco arts education community, providing arts access for youth and families. Education opportunities include workshops, grants, online resources and convenings.

  • San Francisco Ballet. SF Ballet education resource guides provide audiences with an opportunity to explore, investigate, make connections, analyze, and reflect about dance and SF Ballet performances.

  • San Francisco Film Society’s FilmEd. Teaching tools, lesson library, video channel, and opportunities to connect with other interested educators and organizations.

  • SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). With free entry for visitors 18 and under, and free K–12 school visits, it’s easier than ever to share art with your students. When you can’t make it to the museum, SFMOMA’s teacher resources help you bring art into your classroom.

  • SF Opera. Explore articles, attend workshops, special public events and more. Very cool behind-the-scenes tours for grades 4-12.

  • SF Zoo’s Wild About Art & Science Lesson Plans. Use these lessons to enhance student learning in science and provide an outlet for artistic creativity. Each lesson is designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provide grade-appropriate lessons and activities that focus on California biodiversity. 


  • Activity Village. Over 10,000 pages of free children's activities.

  • Art Projects for Kids. Blog with tons of arts and crafts project ideas.

  • Blinds Chalet. Instructions for creative window decoration craft projects, including stained glass, sun catchers, window hangings, and more.

  • Crayola for Educators. Free lesson plans, (including Common Core lesson plans), craft project ideas, and professional development resources.

  • Face Music. Free catalog of traditional music from all over the world.

  • PBS LearningMedia. KQED and PBS-curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for California teachers.

  • Peace Corps Educators. The third goal of the Peace Corps is to teach Americans about the world by providing educational resources to promote global competence. Includes activities, lesson places, a list of the Peace Corps’ partners, and more.

  • PlanetPals. Arts and craft lessons using recycled materials.

  • Rainforest Alliance. Games, activities, articles for kids, and more. Have fun while learning all about rainforests and the people and wildlife that call them home.

  • San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art Education Directory. Comprehensive directory of agencies that provide art education programming in San Francisco.

  • San Francisco Symphony Teacher Resources. Lesson plans that explore subjects such as reading, math, social studies, and science through the lens of classical music.

  • Teaching Tolerance. From film kits and lesson plans to the building blocks of a customized Learning Plan—texts, student tasks and teaching strategies—resources that will help you bring relevance, rigor and social emotional learning into your classroom for free.

  • Worldmapper. A collection of world maps, called cartograms, in which territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. Warning: major rabbit hole (in the best way)!

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