Enhancing art and culture on campus and in the community.
In some middle schools, art hasn’t been slashed from the curriculum. Sixth-graders from UCLA Community School experience an in-depth look at the arts through Classroom-in-Residence at the Hammer (CIR@H), a program established by the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts). In the weeklong sessions, students learn about the day-to-day operations of an art museum, as well as how to look at art and how to approach art with the same depth and inquiry required by other academic subjects.
“The existence of this groundbreaking program created at UCLA Arts, in collaboration with the Hammer Museum, models for the pupils the importance of the arts in our culture, and introduces them to pathways for participation within the diverse realms of the university, the art museum and the art world,” says Barbara Drucker, associate dean of academic affairs and director of arts education at UCLA Arts.
Through programs such as CIR@H, UCLA Arts plays a vital role in the cultural and artistic life of the campus and the wider community. It offers rich access to leading anthropological, historical and contemporary visual arts exhibitions and collections, as well as presentations by the world’s best performing artists. UCLA students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from and interact with the most innovative artists and architects of our time through our six degree-granting departments. With an education balanced between theory and practice, the school strives to motivate and empower its students to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century.
The Dean’s Fund for Excellence enhances the learning experience at UCLA Arts by allocating funds to the highest priority needs of the school. Whether it provides scholarships and fellowships, supports visiting artists and scholars, or funds student performance workshops, faculty initiatives or community outreach efforts, the annual fund enhances our culture and feeds our hunger for art.
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