For Schools + Educators

Khadijah Amatur-Raheem, 2015


Youth Exhibition

Each year, MOPA presents a juried exhibition showcasing the creative photographic talents of youth artists.

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Curricula + Resources

MOPA is dedicated to helping you incorporate photography into your existing classroom curriculum. We offer free curricula resources for current exhibitions, educational plans and suggested activities. Visit our resources page for curricula downloads, gallery guides, online tools and more.

Camera Lending Library

MOPA has a camera lending library available for educators hoping to incorporate photography into their curriculum and submit to the Youth Exhibition. Included are cameras, a small 4x6 printer, equipment guides, and youth exhibition themed lesson ideas.

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Film Screenings for Title I Schools

Human Rights Watch Film Festival and MOPA present an annual free screening for Title I schools.

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Tours for K-12, College and University Classes

A variety of tours are available for school groups. These tours must be booked in advance through our tour request system. Visit our tour page to learn more. 


MOPA's Dubois Library

The Edmund L. and Nancy K. Dubois Library holds more than 20,000 items, all related to photography. Everything from monographs to magazines and encyclopedias to exhibition catalogs, the Dubois Library is a unique collection of resources available for use. Come in and peruse the latest photography monographs and journals while enjoying the serene reading room. Library staff is available to assist with research needs and information requests. Read more.



CARE (Collaborative Arts Resources for Education)

The CARE Program is an educational partnership program between the Museum of Photographic Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, and Timken Museum of Art.

The partners’ artist instructors collaborate with teachers to integrate art into English, math, and science curricula that give students an experience with photography, theater, painting and drawing. Students work on projects that connect to the three disciplines, giving them a broad range of opportunities to express their creativity, imagination, and perspectives.

The CARE Program has worked with Title I schools across San Diego since 2005.

CARE programming includes artist-in-residency education at school sites, field trips to partner museums, theatrical productions, and teacher professional development opportunities to instruct teachers on the integration of multiple disciplines into school curricula.

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The Museum of Photographic Arts is proud to be a partner in this National Science Foundation funded project that seeks avenues for transforming cultural perceptions of mathematics in ways that broaden learners’ access to the discipline.

Through a collaborative partnership with the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Learning at SDSU and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, MOPA has explored the important connections between STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning and the photographic arts, while also developing hands-on opportunities within our gallery spaces that welcome exploration and discovery. 

We welcome you to explore the culmination of this project in Seeing is Believing?, where we explore 3D photography from a multidisciplinary perspective.

For more about the InforMath project, please visit the Informal Mathematics webpage.