In-School Activities and Programs
Bringing DFS to Students: In-Class Arts Activities & School Residencies
DFS Residencies provide arts activities that complement curriculum, build communication skills and enhance learning, creating an environment for students to go beyond the traditional experience of observing an arts event and become active participants in the creative process.
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. A collaboration between UCLA and Los Angeles Unified School District, the UCLA Community School brings the university’s world-class resources to one of central Los Angeles’ most underserved neighborhoods.

In its earliest iterations, the program was structured over 22-weeks, with weekly sessions led by teaching artists from DFS and local dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO. Through a series of dance, movement, theater, visual arts and creative writing activities, students considered a range of themes, including Homeland/Patria; Step Up, Move Forward; and Pieces of Me, Pieces of Us.

Since fall of 2014, Design for Sharing has produced one-week classroom intensives centered around a unifying theme, so that students may explore a wider range of art forms.
In-Class Arts Experiences
Periodically, Design for Sharing also offers short-term residencies with teaching artists.  These compact programs usually include an introductory visit to UCLA to see the artist in action, and three to five hands-on activities in the classroom.

For more information on how to create a short-term residency at your school please contact Theresa Willis-Peters, CAP UCLA Education Coordinator at or 310.825.7681