K-12 Students

You are never too young to start engaging with the arts!

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It’s never too early to start loving art! We make it easy and accessible for K-12 students to visit UC San Diego and experience ArtPower Student Matinees. These fantastic live performances expose students to new cultures and art forms, and introduce them to the excitement of life on a university campus. ArtPower staff will provide study guides to registered educators to help prepare students for what they will experience while at UC San Diego. Campus tours are also available in the registration options. Check out this season’s offerings below! We cannot wait to share these fantastic artists with your students.

ArtPower offers scholarship tickets for students at Title I Schools. Regular priced tickets for students are $5. ArtPower does not provide transportation for the matinee events. Seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Questions? Contact Molly Clark at moclark@ucsd.edu



Wednesday, January 31, 2018
11 am – 12 pm, Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego


French composer, percussionist, and theater director Roland Auzet is an artist and performer with many interests and talents. Auzet received the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry in 2007 for his remarkable body of work in contemporary music, circus, dance, opera, and theater. Auzet’s new work starts with a car on an empty stage, but he quickly fills the room with so much more. Through his inventive percussion and visuals, poetry and music will emerge and create magic and illusion that are sure to dazzle the audience.



Thursday, May 3, 2018
11 am – 12 pm, Price Center East Ballroom, UC San Diego


Loosely translated as “Get Funky!” or “Work It,” Ranky Tanky is a band of South Carolina natives who keep the Gullah musical tradition alive and fresh with a repertoire of playful game songs, heartbreaking spirituals, and delicate lullabies. “Gullah” is a West African word meaning “a people blessed by God,” and is a storied culture prevailing on the Sea Islands of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. These accomplished artists are joined by one of the most sought-after voices in the Lowcountry, Quiana Parler, to celebrate a “Heartland of American Music” born in their backyards.


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Imagine experiencing a beautiful performance by a world-class string quartet upon returning from recess. That’s exactly the kind of scene you can expect when our artists visit classrooms at The Preuss School UCSD and other K–12 institutions. Students learn about the history and theory of music right from the comfort of their own desks.


transcenDANCE—located in National City—ignites the power of creativity in youth, inspiring them to overcome obstacles and providing them with the skills needed to become compassionate catalysts for positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world. We’re committed to connecting transcenDANCE students with ArtPower artists through workshops and discussions, enriching the program’s mission by allowing the students to share their enthusiasm and talent with our artists.