Design for Sharing is the K-12 arts education program of UCLA Live. Fully funded by contributions from hundreds of generous donors, DFS provides free tickets and participatory programs to public schools and local community organizations, allowing thousands of students and teachers to attend world-class performances at UCLA Live.
Collaborating with the artists on the UCLA Live season, Design for Sharing presents grade appropriate, hour-long performances where students experience diverse art forms and interact with professional artists from around the world. Educational materials are provided to every classroom, and include information about each artistic discipline, the artists involved, and study/activity guides. For many students a visit to Royce Hall is a first: the first time in a concert hall, the first time experiencing a live performance, and the first time on a university campus.
My Special World
These performance workshops allow younger students in grades K-3 to explore an art form in an intimate, hands-on setting with professional artists.
Classroom residencies that allow students to participate in hands-on arts activities that build communication skills and enhance learning. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to go beyond the traditional experience of observing an arts event and become active participants in the creative process. Residencies are created in collaboration with classroom teachers to target specific curriculum themes and meet the National Arts Standards.
Steps to College
Design for Sharing has developed college readiness materials for grades 6-12. The Steps To College brochure, planning guide and accompanying worksheets are distributed to all middle and high school students attending DFS performances. Campus tours are also offered following the performance, deepening the impact of a visit to UCLA, and inspiring students to think about the possibilities of higher education.
DFS distributes free tickets to UCLA Live music, theater and dance performances to over one hundred non-profit and community organizations throughout Los Angeles.