“Nurturing Citizen Artists through community partnership and advocacy.”
By understanding that they are part of a global community, students discover the empowerment of being a Citizen Artist: having an impact beyond individual or isolated achievement.
ART IN SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM II: Student Works
Friday, April 2nd, 2021, 2:00-4:30pm PDT
This event is FREE and open to the public. Please register to attend.
Symposium II: Student Works 2021 is the second year of a new tradition for Art in Society. Our dedicated AIS Citizen Artists have used their chosen mediums to create works-in-progress inspired by the theme, “Art and Healing”. We will see multidisciplinary student collaborations and hear about how they discovered their creative processes together. During a year that has challenged us to be resourceful and persevere, it is a pleasure to highlight these very special students whose work encompasses all of our creative disciplines at Idyllwild Arts.
Every month AIS features exemplary students during an evening event that is open to the public, held at The Town Gallery in Idyllwild. Students give a presentation of their chosen discipline and talk about their evolution as artists. Selected students must have attended Idyllwild Arts Academy for at least two years and participated in Art in Society programs, volunteering their time in the community. IDY Talks provides an opportunity to learn public speaking and brings the community greater awareness of the lives of our young artists.
Facilitator: Erica Nashan
IAA Music students volunteer as mentors for younger students in the San Jacinto Public School System to bring private stringed instrument lessons to this needy area. Violin, viola, cello and bass instrumentalists give one-hour lessons once a week. IAA students are transported to San Jacinto, and also give lessons via Skype. IAA students not only gain experience in teaching, they also begin to understand the world in a broader way and how arts education functions at a grass-roots level.
The MUSICA Program is part of El Sistema, a socially conscious music education program that has served thousands of students globally. IAA students have participated in this local chapter of MUSICA since 2015.
Facilitator: Heather Netz / Music Faculty; Coordinator of Music Partnerships
Pierson Residence Dorm Parent
Side by Side
Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts a culmination concert in which elementary students from San Jacinto involved in the MUSICA Program come to our campus and perform side by side with IAA students. This is a special opportunity for families and community from both San Jacinto and Idyllwild to share in musical collaboration and celebration. The concert is given in the Spring on campus at IAA’s William H. Lowman Concert Hall and is free to the public.
Facilitator: Heather Netz/Music Faculty; Coordinator of Music Partnerships
Pierson Residence Dorm Parent
Idyllwild Arts Academy students from all disciplines volunteer to assist teachers at Idyllwild School to bring quality arts education to grades K-8. Our students are transported to Idyllwild School once a week for an hour to help in the classroom. smARTS meets throughout the school year, and students take part according to their availability. PTA parents created the smARTS Project in 2002 because “engagement in the arts is key to success in all academic subjects, the arts are fundamental in a complete education, and the arts are essential to the vitality and quality of life in our school and in our community.”
Facilitator: Ginger Dagnall
Art in Society Coordinator
Director, Community Arts Liaison, Performer, Teacher
With over thirty-five years of experience in the performing arts and professional training programs throughout the US, Ms. Nashan’s work encompasses international tour, collaboration with some of the industry’s finest in theatre, film, television and music, as well as award-winning development of grassroots arts programming for communities who deserve access to the arts. She continues to help others find their voice through her dedication to arts education and creative collaboration.
James Kent Arnold,
Film & Digital Media Faculty
Native American Arts Program Coordinator
InterArts Chair & Creative Writing Faculty
Director of Innovation & Curriculum
Academy Administrative Assistant
Arts Enterprise Laboratory Intern
Coordinator of Music Partnerships
Film & Digital Media Chair