K-12 Arts Activities on Campus
Design for Sharing has been welcoming public school students to UCLA for 50 years. Although our live programs have been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 crisis, we know that encountering the performing arts in any setting can have a lasting impact on a young person. We also know that visiting a University campus to experience the arts in a professional performance venue can offer inspiration and new perspectives.
Each year, DFS presents a series of large-scale performances, smaller workshops and art-making activities, and in-school programs and residencies.
These hour-long, grade-appropriate matinee performances allow students to discover diverse art forms with professional artists from Los Angeles and around the world. Held in a variety of CAP venues—primarily historic Royce Hall—Demonstration Performances offer a full theater-going experience with uniformed ushers and printed programs, Educational materials are provided to each participating teacher, and include information about the artists involved, the specific art form or genre, and discussion/activity guides to help teachers and students contextualize and make personal connections to the performance.
DFS workshop activities provide an opportunity for students to interact with artists in a hands-on setting. Held behind the scenes in the Royce Hall Rehearsal Room, workshops are intended for smaller groups of students and offer participatory activities and artist-led discussions for a glimpse into the creative process.
Arts Residencies in Schools
UCLA Community School Residency
Since 2009, Design for Sharing has teamed with UCLA Community School to provide long-term sequential arts programming for hundreds of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Residencies are developed in collaboration with classroom teachers and are centered around a unifying theme, allowing students to expand their knowledge of curriculum through the lens of the performing and visual arts.
In-Class Arts Experiences
Periodically, Design for Sharing also offers short-term residencies with DFS teaching artists. These compact programs usually include a visit to UCLA to see an artist in action, as well as hands-on activities in the classroom before or after the performance.