Greetings from Idyllwild Arts,
As Board Chair of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, I’m proud that Idyllwild Arts is a vibrant part of the national arts landscape as well as the picturesque town of Idyllwild.
The Academy’s Admission office reported a record number of applicants this year, and in January we welcomed a small group of students at the beginning of the second semester. We are at maximum capacity, and the quality of the program continues to climb.
Dr. Doug Ashcraft has assumed the role of Head of School for the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Doug began his nineteenth year at the Idyllwild Arts Academy this past fall where he has served as Dean of the Arts for the past four years and leads the Academy's dynamic artistic curriculum.
Idyllwild Arts also enjoyed one of the most successful Summer Programs in recent years. Summer at Idyllwild Arts continues to offer rich and diverse opportunities in all the arts, for all ages, at all levels. We’re looking forward to the upcoming 64th consecutive session of the Summer Program this June.
Steve Fraider has assumed responsibilities as Executive Director of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation overseeing fundraising, marketing, the Krone Museum, as well as continues to oversee our Summer Program.
Doug and Steve have a spirit of collaboration that is born of long-term respect and association with the institution.
Having spent a significant amount of time on campus in the past few months, I can tell you first-hand that Idyllwild Arts is on solid footing. Financially, we are in an extremely strong position and our recent fiscal year close was break-even. The staff leadership team is a strong cohesive unit, comprised of many seasoned professionals. The mood is of great optimism as we move forward to our new future.
I am thrilled that the programming and staffing at Idyllwild Arts are as robust as they have ever been. We look forward to working together as we progress through this year and restart a process to find the next president of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation.
Faith Raiguel, Board Chair