The Indonesia Arts Education Exchange Residency at UCLA hosted 7 master artists and educators from three diverse arts organizations in Yogyakarta for eleven weeks during Spring 2009. These included four arts faculty from the Performing Arts Department (Fakultas Seni Pertunjukan) Institute Seni Indonesia in Yogyakarta; two faculty from the High School for the Performing Arts; and one faculty from Yayasan Pamulangan Beksa Sasminta Mardawa.
In America, the program served a diverse population in the greater Los Angeles area as well as having a direct impact on the students and faculty of UCLA. Fellows joined UCLA graduate and undergraduate students as they select two classes each based on their own professional objectives. They team-taught a course for UCLA students under the supervision of Professor Mitoma. The course was a combination of lecture and studio experiences that focused on the dances and performing arts of Indonesia. A total of twenty venues were established so that Indonesian Fellows could share their culture and arts forms for youth in Los Angeles. These were school assemblies in K-12 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Fellows also provided presentations at community based sites, state universities and community colleges. A final public concert CUP OF JAVA at the UCLA Glorya Kaufman Theater featured the seven visiting artists with music performed by the CalArts Javanese Gamelan ensemble.
Conceived as a two-part reciprocal performing arts exchange program, the first phase of the Indonesian Arts Education Exchange program sent four American Fellows for 3 weeks to Indonesia during January 2009, to conduct workshops and stage performances for over 1,000 disadvantaged youth who live in the Yogyakarta area.
The Indonesian Arts Education Exchange Residency Program was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education & Cultural Affairs.