Community Partnerships

SFCAC encourages creativity and connection throughout the Bay Area community through a variety of partnerships.

Office of Early Care and Education  Preschool For All (PFA)

Since 2009 as part of the Preschool for All initiative begun by First 5 of San Francisco, the Art Center began providing a series of 11-week visual arts residencies in preschools throughout the city, serving hundreds of children in San Francisco. In addition to offering the opportunity for visual arts exploration to children, our teaching artists are providing in-service training to preschool teachers, sharing best practices, strategies, and skills in leading art-related activities. These residencies have been made possible through a collaboration with Performing Arts Workshop, an arts education organization that helps young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts and by a grant from the Office of Early Care and Education. a program that provides free preschool for all four-year-old San Franciscans who’d like to attend, regardless of income.

Community and Partnerships

  • Alt School, Fort Mason – Year-long, weekly visual arts engagement for all TK through 4th grade students
  • Potrero Kids – Artists-in-School programming at Daniel Webster and Potrero Kids Third Street, supported in part by a grant from the California Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program
  • SF Community School – After school arts residency in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
  • Excelsior Family Connections – Visiting artists workshops for preschool age children at the Ocean Avenue neighborhood family center
  • La Scuola International School – After school arts residency
  • Daniel Webster Elementary School – School-day residency for 3rd grade students, focusing on sculpture
  • Richmond Village Beacon – Art classes at a community-based after-school program
  • Museum of Craft and Folk Art – Collaborative family workshops
  • Raphael House, Clara House, and Holy Family Day Home – After school art classes at shelter for homeless families and children in transition in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Classes were offered for children ages 3 to 11. These programs gave children the opportunity to express themselves through individual and group art-making and provides a supportive environment for exploration to develop perceptual skills, creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Schulte Grants for the Arts and Crafts – Year-long art educations lecture series about the role of art-making in child development through grant funding as part of a program of the Fort Mason Foundation
  • The San Francisco Children’s Art Center is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Scholarship Program

A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available to provide tuition assistance, with preference given to new students. Download a scholarship application here and email it to (1998-present)