Idyllwild Arts Land Acknowledgement

Idyllwild Arts respectfully acknowledges the Qawishpa Cahuillangnah (also known as Cahuilla Band of Indians) and all nine sovereign Bands of Cahuilla people who have stewarded this land throughout the generations and continue to steward this land for all future generations.

Deep gratitude to our generous sponsors who continue to show their support so that we may continue to bring our renowned Native American Arts programming to you during this difficult time.

Native American Arts at Idyllwild Arts

Summer | Academy | Public Programs | Webinar Series | Masterclasses | Scholarships | Community Outreach

Native American Arts Program at Idyllwild Arts aspires to be a leader in advancing, teaching, and promoting Indigenous Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. Building on our historic engagement with Native American artists and scholars, we are excited by the new opportunity to grow and expand year-round opportunities in learning for all. Indigenous teaching artists, traditional knowledge bearers, and scholars have the opportunity to cross-pollinate their creative talents and develop their craft, thus identifying new ways to contribute to a global art community through education. The spirit of this work now lives year-round and is at the heart of the truly unique experience of shaping global citizen artists at Idyllwild Arts.

The Native American Arts Program serves the Summer Program through organizing Native American Arts Summer Workshops and curating, each year, a week of Native American Arts Programs (Festival Week) that bring together distinguished artists, scholars, and cultural specialists who present performances, demonstrations, films, and the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series. The spirit of the yearly festival remains, in bringing together the scientific, intuitive, and trickster voices for a balanced and provocative learning experience. It is designed to enhance and add depth to the workshop experience. Be sure to come back May 15 for a full event listing. Event offerings and schedules are subject to change.


2021 Native American Arts Summer Workshops is pleased to announce a selection of limited in-person workshops for Summer 2021. Health and safety are paramount in our planning for this summer and due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, class sizes will be capped at six students per workshop. On-campus housing will not be available for adult students (except scholarship recipients).

Registration for Native American workshops opens: 

  • February 1, 2021, for students who chose to rollover credit (payments) from 2020 to 2021
  • February 4, 2021, for returning students who were enrolled in a canceled onsite 2020 program
  • February 5, 2021, to the public 

Check back regularly to see what new programs are open for registration for our Adult Arts Center as well!


In lieu of a traditional large-scale physical gathering of creative minds, we will announce online virtual programmatic offerings, in addition to announcing the handful of small physically distant activities that will take place on campus for workshop participants. Please check back February 22 for a list of activities.

Spring 2021 – Indigenous Virtual Intersections – A Webinar Series

Join us this Spring semester for a webinar series brought to you by the Native American Arts Program at Idyllwild Arts. On select Wednesday evenings this semester at 7 pm PST we will invite leading Indigenous artists, scholars, cultural bearers and community advocates to share how their creative process advances and makes space for growth as a global citizen artist.

FEB 17 @ 7pm PST

The Indigenous Global Citizen Artist
with Cara Romero

Register Here

FEB 24 @ 7pm PST

PAMYUA – Afro-Indigenous/Black Indigenous Experience
with Stephen Qacung Blanchett and Philip Kilirnguq Blanchett

Register Here

MAR 3 @7pm PST

Decolonizing the Lens
with Kali Spitzer

Register Here

MAR 17 @ 7pm PST

LISTEN + Navajo Soundscapes
with Raven Chacon and Kino Benally

Register Here

MAR 31 @ 7pm PST

An Evening with Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate

Register Here

Native American Arts Workshops

Engaging, hands-on learning opportunities are designed for all levels of experience and knowledge. Working closely with master artists and cultural specialists, you will have the rare opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Native American art forms and gain insight into the rich cultural foundation that inspires and motivates each artist.

Past onsite offerings for Native American Arts have included:

  • Art of Fire: Introduction to Glassblowing
  • The Beaded Cuff
  • Big Stories in Small-Scale & Wearable Art Casting
  • Cahuilla Basketry
  • Cahuilla-Style Pottery
  • California Native Plants: Contemporary & Traditional Medicinal Uses
  • Central California Coast Shell Jewelry & Figurines
  • Finding Form: Encaustic in the Third Dimension
  • Ho-Chunk Porcupine Embroidery
  • Hopi Jewelry: Tufa Casting & Overlay
  • Hopi-Tewa Pottery
  • Kumeyaay Yucca Sandal Weaving
  • Native American Cuisine: Indigenous Culinary Fusions
  • Navajo Inlay Jewelry
  • Navajo Weaving I
  • Navajo Weaving II
  • Tlingit Paddle Making


Register and make payments online at We accept VISA, American Express, Discover or MasterCard. Completed applications must include the $50 application fee and the per-course deposit to ensure placement. The deposit is applied toward tuition. If you are applying for financial aid, we encourage you to register early. If you cannot afford to pay the deposit, you can choose “Pay by Check” and your application will remain in Applied status. Your enrollment will not be confirmed until a scholarship is awarded or a deposit is paid. Scholarship applications in applied status will still be required to pay the $50 application fee.

Enrollment status is confirmed upon payment of application fee and deposit. Enrollment (class placement) is not guaranteed until the balance is paid in full. Auditioned workshops also require acceptance before enrollment is confirmed. The complete balance is due at least 30 days before class begins; a $100 late fee will be assessed to past due accounts.

Click here for the updated Summer 2021 Enrollment Agreement.

The current health crisis is ever-changing and best practices for safety are constantly evolving. At this time, we anticipate the following processes to help keep students safe. Guidance from state and local authorities will determine actual policies in Summer 2021. 

We ask that students start exercising increased precautions (stay at home as much as possible, wear masks in public spaces, increased hygiene practices) two weeks before arriving on campus, and to continue to exercise as many precautions as possible while traveling to Idyllwild. Other safety regulations include:

  • Requiring students to provide COVID test results before arrival to campus. 
  • Holding smaller classes in well ventilated or outdoor spaces. 
  • Daily Health Symptom screenings.
  • Social distancing rules and wearing masks at all times on campus.

Students who do not follow all health and safety guidelines will be subject to school discipline, up to and including being immediately dismissed from the program and sent home.

Due to the increased cost of running programs during the pandemic, we will not be offering marketing-based discounts like Bring a Friend and Pay In Full Today.  Scholarships are still available for Native American students and Inland Empire teachers and graduate students.

Click here to learn more about scholarships for adults.

Click here for our Adult Arts Center FAQ, which has even more common questions and information about Summer 2021.

“Thank You! Drawstring Bead & Quill Medicine Pouch was a new experience, my first time taking an online class. I also have never worked with porcupine quills; I was happy for this new understanding. Navajo Loom Beading/Cuff with Jennifer Ben was just as interesting, intricate and fascinating.

I have come away with a very beautiful Beaded Cuff and a very memorable experience. The real perk — taking the classes with my two granddaughters, 14- and 16-years-old.”

Yolanda Hart Stevens
Gila River Indian Community

Special thanks to the following benefactors, whose generous support made our 2019 Native American Arts Program and Festival possible: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Chickasaw Nation, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Soboba Foundation/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, and an Anonymous Foundation.