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The UCI Institute and Museum of California Art

The UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) is committed to supporting arts programs that value curiosity, innovation and experimentation. Through our school visit program we make space for the imaginations of young people to flourish and provide opportunities for injecting more critical thinking, dialogue and collaboration into learning.


The 2018 Impact Study by the National Art Education Association and Association of Art Museum Directors reports “… when students have exciting conversations while exploring works of art during their field trip to an art museum, they are having experiences that are different from those they may have in the classroom. Research related to inquiry-based teaching, engagement with original works of art, and aspects of learning in museum environments further supports that art museums can be places where rich and different learning and discovery happen.”


In 2019, IMCA welcomed almost 1,500 students to our museum. We aim to expand our school visit program and improve accessibility to youth from all neighborhoods, school districts and socioeconomic backgrounds.


By engaging with K-12 students at IMCA, we send a clear message that these young people are not only welcome—they belong at UCI, a university for them that invests in their future.


Please give today to the IMCA Education and Community Engagement Fund and join our efforts to ensure that the future of all young people is brilliant!


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our head of development, Salvador Rivas, at salvar3@uci.edu.

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