The Learning Institute

We believe that a strengthened professional community will enrich the experience and value of arts, science, and culture for our audiences and communities.

Key Programs

Smith Leadership Symposium

Our foundation program, Smith Leadership Symposium, aims to empower professionals with specialized continuing education opportunities that build community, advance best practices, and encourage new thinking. Topic areas addressed include leadership, audience experience, evaluation, sustainability and other topics related to the cultural sector.

Collaborative Grants

Balboa Park is an ideal place to serve as a professional “learning laboratory,” given the number, diversity and geographic proximity of its resident cultural institutions.

Emerging Leader Groups

We support young leaders in the arts, science, and culture sector by connecting them with trainings and networking groups that can help advance their careers. Current groups we recommend are San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals and Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego.

Outreach and Partnerships

Our approach is to surface, share, and complement the expertise and resources of Balboa Park. Partnership member institutions are the primary audience of the Learning Institute. However, many offerings are open to individuals from cultural organizations outside of Balboa Park. Whenever possible, the Learning Institute partners with related local and national groups/organizations to leverage high quality learning resources.