Beneficiary Impact

Power of Arts & Culture

The playwright August Wilson once said, "Art doesn't change the world, art changes people, and people change the world."

Arts and culture are intrinsically linked to the vibrancy of our community. Not only do they inspire our imagination, mind and spirit — measurably our ten beneficiaries help attract tourism, diversity of talent, inspire innovation, and grow the economy. That is why arts, science, history, nature, theatre are inseparable from our community and the meaning of the term 'education.'

Through our donors and members we are helping keep alive the missions of our beneficiaries. We are also helping close the gap for families and children in underserved communities who now have an even greater opportunity to be exposed to these enrichment experiences. Together we are making great strides of impact for our community and beyond.

BELOW IS just some of the impact made through our ten beneficiaries because of you: members, sponsors and donors

Patrons of the Prado provided vital support in the Fleet’s mission to create a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. This year, Patrons of the Prado has helped provide hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning opportunities to more than 142,750 youth in San Diego County through:

  • 100 “do touch” exhibitions and educational films providing children opportunities to engage basic STEM principles.

  • School programs including

    • free field trips for Title I schools,

    • Science To Go workshops and assembly shows at schools,

    • after school programming for girls through SciTech and BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering), and

    • Family Science Nights at schools.

  • Public programs including

    • Weekend Science Clubs for 5th-8th grade students; day camps for kids of all ages;

    • Young Scientists for preschoolers and their parents to discover the wonders of science, makers workshops, floor demonstrations, live shows, and festivals and fairs.

  • Community-based programming including 52 Weeks of Science in Barrio Logan and Clairemont, and the annual High Tech Fair for middle and high school students.

Fleet Science Center

Unrestricted support from Patrons of the Prado in has helped Mingei share exhibitions and education and community programs with audiences for many years. In FY18 Mingei:

  • Welcomed 100,000 visitors and presented seven major exhibitions including: WEAVING A PATH – Navajo Women and The Feminine Ethos and STUDENT CRAFT – Form and Function.

  • Offered a range of programs and workshops including:

    • CRAFTER HOURS a place for the community to gather, relax and create

    • SUMMER SERIES sharing lectures, film, and round tables

    • MINI MINGEI story time for children

    • MINGEI MAKERS WORKSHOPS in-depth opportunities to experience the joy of making

    • MINGEI AWAY -  school outreach program bringing Mingei to the classroom with free interactive and engaging K-12 visits from Museum teachers and education staff while the museum is undergoing renovation.

  • Patrons of the Prado has also supported Mingei’s in-reach education programs with its Bucks4Buses support helping more than 4,500 school children to visit Mingei to enjoy free school tours in FY18.

Mingei International Museum

Patrons of the Prado has helped support a myriad of important educational programs at MOPA:

  • Through educational programs both inside and outside the Museum, MOPA has reached more than 600 students and 17 schools with more than 460 hours of hands-on instruction throughout the last school year.

  • Additionally, hundreds of more students participated in our field trip program, summer and spring camps, as well as the Annual Youth Exhibition. Patrons funds allowed MOPA to buy much need educational supplies and materials, update our educational collateral, and helped pay for transportation costs to the Museum.

The Bucks4Buses grant supports:

  • Scholarships for Title I schools to visit MOPA and with a gallery educator led tour

  • Students from MOPA's Exposure K-12 Program to come to the museum as part of their photographic visually literacy programming

  • A partnership between ArtsBusXpress and MOPA to bring students from throughout San Diego county

Museum of

San Diego History Center

Admission is now donation-based, opening the doors for all people to come and experience regardless of economic situation.

Our funds enabled SDHC to create an outreach program into underserved communities. Because of this initiative they were eligible for additional County funding 3x our monies — and therefore creating 3x the impact in these communities.

Unrestricted funds ensure Junior Theatre is able to continue to create high-quality theatre education programs and productions that will challenge and inspire young people.

ROYALTIES/LICENSING FEES FOR TOP MUSICAL PROPERTIES — Royalties for a Junior Theatre production can cost up to $10,000.

LIVE ORCHESTRAS — This season Junior Theatre will produce seven main stage productions; four will be large-scale musicals and require a live orchestra with costs ranging between $2,500–10,000. 

INCLUSION PROGRAMS — Promotes inclusion in classrooms, on stages, and in our audiences and are accessible to all children, regardless of physical, emotional, and financial challenges including:

  • Junior Theatre’s Interpretive Services Program enables the deaf and hearing-impaired members of our community the opportunity to enjoy live theatre productions.

  • Sensory Friendly Performance for families with children on autism spectrum. Adjustments are made to the production to reduce jarring sounds, bright lights, and surprises are minimized. Creating a comfortable and safe atmosphere where young people on the autism spectrum are free to experience the ritual of theatre in their own unique way.

  • Students in SDUSD’s free lunch program are invited to apply for the Tuition Assistance Program. Last year, approximately $8,000 scholarships we subsidized for qualifying families.

  • Christian Rowley Scholarship recipients are invited to attend a class or a camp in each session for one entire year.

San Diego
Junior Theatre

San Diego
of Art

Unrestricted support from Patrons of the Prado helps the San Diego Museum of Art open their doors to:

  • 400,000 visitors each year, including 55,000 children who are served through school tours, education and youth programs, and nearly 20,000 community members who participate in Museum programs, performances, films, and lectures.

  • Supports free admission for all youth age 17 and under, for college students during Art After Hours, and thousands of visitors who participate in the On the Steps programs throughout the year.

  • The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art, thanks to the support from our community.

The generous support of the Patrons of the Prado is critical to the San Diego Museum of Man’s efforts to develop and provide unique educational programming for the youth of San Diego.

  • So far this year, over 6,000 students have joined in Museum of Man educational programs, almost 4,000 of those were Title I classified.

  • Core offerings are student workshops and guided tours complementing the “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit. These programs help students explore the science, history, and lived experience underpinning race and racism.

    • A group of participants was recently surveyed, and 77% said they believed they have the power to stand up to racism and discrimination.

    • When asked how they would do so, one student said, “One thing I can do is speak up for people who don’t think they can.”

    • Another commented, “[I would] say to the person that is using discrimination to stop because everybody is the same.”

Patrons help spread this wonderful message, and help inspire human connections.

San Diego
of Man

The Natural History Museum serves approximately 70,000 guests through no-cost programs designed to ensure access to all members of the community, regardless of socio-economic circumstances. TheNAT offers specific programs for schools and teachers, families with children, and all other community members to learn about this beautiful place we call home. They cover the costs of delivering these high quality experiences through our general fund, supported financially through contributions from organizations like the Patrons of the Prado. Gifts of all sizes combine to create museum memories for visitors of all ages. Below are a few examples of our community access programs.

  • Museum Access Fund- Serves approximately 7,000 students every year through programs that inspire curiosity, wonder, and self-directed learning. Museum Access Funds allow teachers to choose the most relevant environmental science programs for their students, either in the Museum or in their classrooms.

  • Outdoor Access Fund- The Museum brings classrooms of children with their teachers on guided nature walks on trails, and into the canyons to learn about habitats and ecosystems in our region. The walks are led by Canyoneers, volunteer naturalists trained by Museum staff and scientists, who lead public nature hikes every weekend throughout the County.

  • Online Curriculum Guides-  Available to all, online curriculum guides content aligns with exhibitions presented in the Museum and with applicability that extends beyond the Museum’s walls. Curriculum is offered for K-12, and guides are available in English and Spanish.

  • Museums for All- In 2017, the Museum joined the national Museums for All initiative. This program provides free general admission to the Museum to individuals and families receiving government food assistance. By showing a food benefit (EBT) card, a local resident and four family members can experience the Museum at no cost.


Unrestricted funds from Patrons of the Prado help The Old Globe make theatre matter to more people.

  • The Old Globe produces 16 shows each year, drawing more than 250,000 people who  enjoy theatrical productions encompassing Shakespeare and the classics as well as new plays and musicals.

  • The Globe provides sensory-friendly performances of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, as well as other family productions, for people on the autism spectrum and their families. 

  • The Globe is also committed to reaching audiences in their own communities and brings free, professional theatre to diverse, multi-generational audiences throughout the San Diego region.

  • Last year, 40,000 people participated in the Globe’s free Arts Engagement and Humanities programs.

With support from the Patrons of the Prado “Bucks4Buses” program, more than 4,000 students from K-12 grade schools throughout San Diego County attend free student matinees.

  • The program features up to five Globe productions each year, including Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for first and second graders from low-income Title One schools.

Old Globe

Patrons funding supports Timkens numerous educational programs for Adults, School Students, Kids & Family Programs, Seniors Programs including:

  • ARTSReach in Assisted Living Facilities, Memories at the Museums, Lectures

  • Outreach Español (Programs in Spanish)

  • Musical Events, Special Talks, Guided Tours, Three to See Tours, Docent Program

  • Travel Days with Behind-the-Scenes-Activities

  • Creative Engagement for Veterans and Active Military,

  • Education Department Internships, Guided School Visits, Open House for Educators, Online Teacher Resources (K-12)

  • ARTS on Tour (Art Classes in SDUSD classrooms), Artist Residencies in SDUSD Classrooms

  • Creative Choices (Art classes in Juvenile Hall),

  • Family Activities: Be A Secret Art Agent (4 missions, available free at the museum), Family Days (Cinco d Mayo & Halloween), Family Mural Making on Food Truck Fridays,

Timken Museum
of Art