The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition is proud to support charities that focus on children's education.



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Young Audiences of San Diego / Arts for Learning
Maritime Museum Children's Education Programs


Young Audiences of San Diego / Arts for Learning

It's not only about the arts themselves. It's about what they can do to bring kids, particularly those at risk, out of their shells, nurture their pride and self-esteem, and actually help them develop learning skills that last a lifetime. The dramatic arts have been proven to help children learn language skills; music is an invaluable aid to teaching math; writing and visual arts help develop critical communications abilities.

Through the creative arts, Young Audiences INSPIRES, motivates and challenges children to achieve their full potential; provides professional development for teachers and artists; and leads the community in advocating for maintaining arts education in schools.

YA has nearly 100 performing and visual artists on its roster, providing school assembly programs, workshops and residencies in elementary, middle and high schools throughout San Diego county. Last year alone, they reached over 53,000 students with 3,500 programs at 168 schools. Just imagine the millions of San Diego kids and adults who this organization has influenced in the most positive way over the past 47 years.

Positive influence? Not a surprise when you consider that the board of advisors to the national organization includes such luminaries as Van Cliburn, Celeste Holm, Yo-Yo-Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman . . . .




Maritime Museum Children's Education Programs

Most of the world was discovered and explored from the decks of sailing ships. The mariners, who explored unknown seas, left their knowledge to us in the form of diaries, logs, and charts. They were just as brave and adventurous as the astronauts who explore space today. These early sailing explorations paved the way for our settlement of all the continents.

At the Maritime Museum, children relive history and learn about the science of the sea. The museum's ships (including the world's oldest active sailing vessel, the Star of India, commissioned in 1863) and collections represent San Diego's great maritime heritage and bring award-winning educational programs to life for thousands of children each year, from K-12.

Kids see and hear just what it was like for the "marinauts," as well as thousands and thousands of ordinary people who traveled the sea en route to new beginnings in new lands. Museum programs enhance many school curricula, including social studies, geography, math, science, astronomy, geology and more.