An innovative program designed to strengthen student and teacher learning about art through a weeklong, immersive experience at the UCLA Hammer Museum

Services Provided

Arts educators from VAPAE and the Hammer Museum collaborate with classroom teachers to develop arts-based lessons inspired by the museum. By taking learning out of the traditional classroom and into a museum setting, students are able to make cross-curricular connections in a new environment.

Who We Serve

Founded in 2013, the program has annually — except for pandemic years — welcomed two classes of fourth-, fifth- or sixth-graders from Los Angeles for an immersive experience into the process and products of artistic creation and curation.

Mission and Goals

The free, innovative program is a collaboration between Hammer Museum, the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) in the UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture, and selected Title I public school teachers. Often museums are able to host a group of K-12 students for a tour or a short time, but this program operates as an immersive residency.