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K-12 School Day Performances

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From music to theater to modern dance, UMS School Day Performances feature some of the world’s best performing artists and use the arts to ignite student imagination and support student growth and development.

Available to kindergarten through high school students, performances are complimented by UMS learning guides to facilitate meaningful connections toclassroom curricula.

Over the last two years, UMS adapted to safely connect audiences with engaging arts experiences, including for the K-12 community. In the 2022/23 season, we continue our commitment to igniting student imagination and supporting student development through the arts by offering a season of both virtual and in-person School Day Performances with live streaming options for select performances (Digital School Day Performances will be announced in September 2022).

Upcoming School Day Performances

Getting Dressed
Digital Event
Family Friendly
School Day Performance

School Day Performance

Getting Dressed
for Pre-K – 2nd Grade Students and Families

Monday, February 13 - Friday, February 24

Travel into a digital world of swirling skirts, sashaying socks, glitter ball jackets, and tumbling t-shirts.

School Day Performance: Stepping with Step Afrika!
School Day Performance

Step Afrika! integrates song, dance, storytelling, humor, and audience participation in highlighting the importance of stepping in cultural identity and the use of body percussion as a means of communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome back to another school year! We recognize that you may have questions about protocols to assure the safety of audiences attending in-person School Day Performance events. We have put together a list of our most frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that doesn’t appear on this list, please feel free to reach out to our Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement, Terri Park, at

How do I register for a School Day Performance?
We are currently accepting registrations for our In-Person School Day Performances through a form on this page. Digital School Day Performance and Livestream registration will be available in September 2022.
How do I know if my request was received?
Once your request has been processed, our Patron Services Coordinator will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive one in 3-5 business days, please contact the ticket office at 734.764.2538. For up-to-date ticket office hours visit our website at, or you email us at
Is there a charge for an In-Person, Digital, or Livestream School Day Performance?
For In-Person School Day Performances, ticket prices are $7 each for students, teachers, and chaperones. $6 tickets are available for schools where at least 50% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.

UMS will continue offering Digital and Livestreaming options for School Day Performances at no charge for our K-12 audience and the public.

What safety measures are in place for attending an in-person School Day Performance?
UMS will be developing plans for the fall in August 2022 that are based on the conditions of our region as well as school policies.

UMS venues have excellent air handling and filtration systems, and all UMS staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated.

What UMS resources are available that are appropriate for K-12 students?
Please visit to explore our online video units featuring UMS artist facilitators. Download K-12 Learning Guides for current and past School Day Performances at the bottom of this page.

New Performance Playground units and additional Learning Guides will be added in the coming months, so check back later this fall to see the latest offerings.

What are the policies for in-person School Day Performances?
UMS policies and procedures are designed to ensure fair and equitable ticketing and registration processes.

Tickets may be requested at any time, but ticket demand often exceeds availability. To accommodate demand, UMS reserves the right to cap ticket requests per school for each performance.

School Day Performance tickets are $7 for each student, teacher, or chaperone, unless otherwise noted (allow at least one chaperone per 15 students). $6 tickets are available for schools where at least 50% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. There is a 10-ticket minimum per performance.

A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required for your reservation.

All performances are subject to change or cancellation.


School Day Performance Plus
School Day Performance Plus (SDP+)

UMS Artist Facilitators In Your Classroom

Formerly called pre- and post-show in-class workshops, SDP+ is presented in conjunction with UMS School Day Performances. UMS collaborates with highly skilled and knowledgeable artist facilitators to create an arts-integrated workshop that will prepare your students for the performance.

The 30-45 minute workshop (in-person or digital) connects directly to your school curriculum. Students actively explore, experience, and express the art form and themes from the performance right in your classroom. And the learning does not stop there — after the performance, the UMS artist facilitator returns to lead students in discussion to help them synthesize their learning experience.

Good news! These workshops are offered FREE of charge. When you register for a School Day Performance, please indicate if you are interested in having a UMS artist facilitator visit your classroom.


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Ticket & Transportation Grants

Thanks to the U-M Credit Union Arts Adventures program and the PNC Foundation, UMS continues to provide a limited number of grants to defray the cost of a UMS field trip. Funds can be used for transportation or towards the cost of School Day Performance tickets.

UMS reserves the right to limit the number of grant awards to any one school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority consideration is given to applications received by the following dates:

  • Fall School Day Performances: Monday, September 19, 2022
  • Winter School Day Performances: Monday, December 12, 2022


Applications are now closed for the 22/23 season.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Applicants must be from an accredited Michigan K-12 public or private school.
  • A certified teacher must be the primary contact.
  • Funding must be used to attend a 2022/23 UMS School Day Performance (cannot be transferred to next season).
  • Priority will be given to schools where one or more of the following apply:
    • At least 50% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.
    • The school does not have a full-time arts/music teacher.
    • The classroom primarily serves students with disabilities or special needs.
    • First time attending a UMS School Day Performance.

UMCU Arts Adventures       PNC Foundation

Other Possible Funding Sources

We recommend exploring the following funding opportunities to help defray the costs of field trips. Have a suggested addition to this list? Email us at

Arts and Culture Trek Grants (transportation)
MCACA Arts in Education Residency Program
Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation
Field Trip Grants from Target
The Meemic Foundation

Public School Foundations

Ann Arbor | Birmingham | Canton | Chelsea | Dearborn | Detroit | Dexter | Farmington/Farmington Hills | Monroe | Plymouth | Saline | Troy

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