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The MADRES program was designed to train bilingual mothers to serve as art docents in elementary school classrooms. It was founded by former art teacher Jan O'Hara with the intention of bringing equitable access to art education into San Diego County's ethnically diverse classrooms.

The program benefited teachers, as it helped lighten their teaching load, and parents, as it gave them a meaningful way to participate in their child's education, and students, as they received the many benefits of exposure to arts education.