LQAF’s Docent Program is an educational outreach program taught free of charge to fourth and fifth grade students in Desert Sands and Coachella Valley Unified School District classrooms. Its aim is to use visual art principles and concepts to stimulate critical thinking and creative expression in all disciplines.
Volunteer docents formally trained by La Quinta Arts Foundation lead students through a series of lessons introducing the “elements of art.” Through these lessons, the docents introduce art concepts including art history, art criticism, and aesthetic valuing. The docents, in a team approach with the classroom teacher, also present special hands-on projects that incorporate the techniques and methods used by the master artists spotlighted in the program.
Developed in 1991, this program fills a void created by the eradication of state funding in public schools. More than 50,000 fourth and fifth grade students in the Desert Sands and Coachella Valley Unified School Districts have benefitted from this program.