Each year, hundreds of summer campers and academy students travel 5,200 feet into the mountains to Idyllwild, California. Once here, they walk onto a picturesque campus with dorms, charming classrooms, practice rooms and studios all surrounded by a beautiful wooded terrain.
Idyllwild Arts is home to children exploring art, curious pre-teens who are makers of art and music, teenagers bursting forth as emerging artists, professional artists who come to share and hone their talent and develop new skills, as well as the novice who learns more in one week, one class or one year than he or she ever thought possible.
Whether adult or child, students who enter into the network that is Idyllwild Arts start on a path to develop the skills, creativity, and innovative thinking that supports a lifetime of opportunities and success. At Idyllwild Arts the standard is high yet the expectation for one’s personal success is even higher.
For over seventy years, people have been coming to this beautiful and secluded campus in Idyllwild to experience the arts. The Summer Program and Arts Academy attract students from more than thirty countries and three continents who make up this one-of-a-kind learning environment. Idyllwild Arts Academy is lauded for a college-preparatory program that prepares students to enter the most competitive colleges, universities and conservatories around the world. Such a unique education ensures that our graduates become professional artists, innovative thinkers, and industry leaders.
Thank you for visiting our website. We now invite you to take the next step to discover for yourself what is affectionately known as the “Magic of Idyllwild”. Whether you are considering the summer program for yourself, or you are seeking a world-class academic and pre-professional high school for your son or daughter, you’ll be glad that you have entered the network of Idyllwild Arts.
President and Head of School
Pamela Jordan was appointed President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation in July 2014. Prior to joining IAF, she worked at the Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA) for twenty-three years, serving as Head of School for thirteen years. Jordan received a Bachelor of Music from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and a Master of Education from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. Jordan is a former faculty member of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Institute for New Heads. She has served on the boards of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools, and is currently Immediate Past President of Arts Schools Network. She has served as a resource panelist to the School of the Arts, Singapore where she also delivered the keynote address for the school’s first bi-annual Arts Forum.