K-12 Students

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

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Registration is now open for ArtPower’s 2016–17 K–12 Student Matinee Program!

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 atmoclark@ucsd.edu



Thursday, October 27, 2016
11 am – 12 pm, Price Center West Ballroom, UC San Diego


Jesús Alemañy, founder of Latin orchestra ¡Cubanismo!, achieved fame as the brilliant trumpet player for the iconic Cuban son group Sierra Maestra. His all-star band performs sizzling dance tunes that recall the vintage big-band sound, traditional rumba, salsa, cha-cha, danzon, and pa’ca rhythms arranged in thedescarga (jam) tradition developed by Cuban jazz players of the 1940s. Explore the roots of Cuban music in a performance that is certain to get everyone dancing!



Thursday, April 13, 2017
11 am – 12 pm, Price Center East Ballroom, UC San Diego


Tribu Baharú is an Afro-Champeta music crew from Colombia’s Caribbean coast who are influenced by the “picó” (pick-up or sound system) culture present in many Caribbean countries. Champeta (originally a term that refers to a fisherman’s knife) is an infectious dance music influenced by Colombian folk music, Congolese soukous, Haitian kompa, zouk, calypso, mbaqanga, soca, rap, and reggae. The band’s mission is to convey the joy of being Afro-Colombian through exuberant dance, using music as their vehicle, and change negative perceptions of Champeta culture by sharing positive messages through music.

Specialized alternative campus tours in collaboration with UC San Diego’s Ethnic Studies Dept. and SPACES are also available to middle and high school students for this matinee. See in registration options.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017
11 am – 12 pm, Price Center East Ballroom, UC San Diego


Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Miwa Matreyek makes realms beyond our reach clear and present to our delight, pushing the boundaries of imagination!


Would you like ArtPower artists to visit your school?

Thalma & Laércio de Freitas
Thursday, February 23, 2017


Apply for the chance to have renowned Brazilian artists Thalma & Laércio de Freitas visit your school for a performance assembly on February 23, 2017! Father/daughter duo Laércio and Thalma have a long and rich history of writing and performing music together. Thalma credits her father for developing her musical ear and exposing her to the deep roots of jazz music in Brazilian culture. Together they beautifully showcase the rich foundations and history of Brazilian music. Apply for a chance to have this fantastic performance on your school’s campus below!


Campus tours also available in registration options.

Specialized alternative campus tours in collaboration with UC San Diego’s Ethnic Studies Dept. and SPACES are also available to high school students for this matinee. The SPACES Alternative Tour specializes in schools and communities from diverse and under resourced backgrounds, and offer a campus visit developed to fit your unique needs. This tour exposes and engages students in the academic, social, cultural, and political aspects of the undergraduate experience on campus. Limited space available, please indicate interest in registration options.

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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—the Dance Department of ARTS (A Reason to Survive) 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 to enrich their mission while sharing their enthusiasm and talent with our artists.