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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.

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.

Indigenous Virtual Intersections Webinar Series

The Native American Arts Program at Idyllwild Arts is proud to re-launch the Indigenous Virtual Intersections webinar series with a new series entitled The Art of STORYTELLING: Telling OUR Stories! Please join us for these online engagements led by Native American artists, scholars, and advocates.

Dragonfly Memories with Ernest Siva (Serrano and Cahuilla)

Wednesday, January 26th at 7pm PST

Ernest Siva is a historian, bird singer, linguist, and the founder & president of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center in Banning, CA. Join us as Ernest shares intimate stories about his experiences as a storyteller to his people, the creation of the Dorothy Ramon Center, and his time at Idyllwild Arts dating back to 1960. His oral storytelling tradition connects communities and generations, illustrating the context of our existence on beautiful Mt. San Jacinto, which has always been a place to gather and share creatively.

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Navigating the Narrative with Allison Hicks (Prairie Band Potawatomi/Chocktaw)

Wednesday, February 23rd at 7pm PST

Allison Hicks is an actor, mother, wife, aunt, sister and community member. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and also served as co-chair of the National Council of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Allison is an ensemble member of Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles, CA and has performed in numerous Native plays throughout the country, including the recent world premiere of Devilfish, written by Vera Starbard (Tlingit & Dena’ina Athabascan) at Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska. Join us as she explores contemporary storytelling as a Native woman in film, TV and theatre.

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Harnessing History: Rewriting the History of the Lenape People with Joe Baker (Delaware)

Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm PST

Joe Baker is an artist, educator, curator and activist who has been working in the field of Native Arts for the past thirty years. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lenape Center and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work in New York City, and was recently Visiting Professor of Museum Studies at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He serves on the board of The Endangered Language Fund at Yale University, on the Advisory Committee for the National Public Art Consortium in New York, and as cultural advisor for the new CBS Series, “Ghosts.”  Baker graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BFA degree in Design and an MFA in painting and drawing, and completed postgraduate study at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, MDP Program. Baker is the program consultant for the Idyllwild Arts Native American Arts Festival Week.

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Native American Arts
Workshops & Festival

The 2022 Native American Arts Summer Workshops is pleased to announce a selection of limited in-person learning experiences for Summer 2022, with health and safety remaining paramount in our planning considerations. Registration will open on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The following list of confirmed workshops for 2022 will offer engaging, hands-on learning opportunities 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. Stay tuned for class updates and registration information!

 

WORKSHOPS

June 13, 2022 – June 17, 2022
Navajo Weaving I
Art of Fire: Introduction to Glassblowing
Cahuilla Style Pottery

June 18 – 19, 2022
New Native Kitchen: Cooking with Chef Freddie Bitsoie 

June 20, 2022 – June 24, 2022
Navajo Weaving II
Hopi-Tewa Pottery (pottery firing, June 25, 2022)
Express Yourself: The Beaded Medallion
Hopi Jewelry: Tufa Casting, Overlay and Shadow Box

June 25 – 26, 2022
California Indigenous Plants: Continued Healing

June 27, 2022 – July 1, 2022
Navajo Weaving III
Navajo Inlay Jewelry
Cahuilla Basketry 

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS FESTIVAL WEEK

We are excited to resume the full schedule of programming during the Native American Arts Festival Week, June 19 through June 24, 2022. Workshop attendees and the public alike are invited to view and participate in a vast array of programming that explores the theme for 2022. Be sure to check back soon for more information and event details. Events are free and open to the public!

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

Want to learn more about the Native American Arts Program and Scholarships?

The 2022 Native American Arts Summer Workshops is pleased to announce a selection of limited in-person learning experiences for Summer 2022, with health and safety remaining paramount in our planning considerations. Registration will open on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The following list of confirmed workshops for 2022 will be updated on November 29th, 2021 with full course descriptions. Each workshop will offer engaging, hands-on learning opportunities 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.

Join us for one of six online Information sessions designed specifically for Native American students, families, and parents curious about the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (all ages) or Idyllwild Arts Academy (grades 9-12 + postgrad). Faculty, alumni, and staff will share information about attending high school or summer camp on our beautiful mountain campus, as well as about our online learning options, and scholarship opportunities. Each session is a one-stop shop packed with information.

WORKSHOPS

Dates:
January 27, 2021, 5 pm PST
February 24, 2021, 5 pm PST
March 31, 2021, 5 pm PST
April 28, 2021, 5 pm PST
May 26, 2021, 5 pm PST

RSVP to: William Yarbrough at wyarbrough@idyllwildarts.org

FAQ’s

Join us for one of six online Information sessions designed specifically for Native American students, families, and parents curious about the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (all ages) or Idyllwild Arts Academy (grades 9-12 + postgrad). Faculty, alumni, and staff will share information about attending high school or summer camp on our beautiful mountain campus, as well as about our online learning options, and scholarship opportunities. Each session is a one-stop shop packed with information.

Dates:

  • December 2, 2021, 5pm PST
  • January 27, 2021, 5 pm PST
  • February 24, 2021, 5 pm PST
  • March 31, 2021, 5 pm PST
  • April 28, 2021, 5 pm PST
  • May 26, 2021, 5 pm PST

RSVP to William Yarbrough at: wyarbrough@idyllwildarts.org 

Register and make payments online at www.idyllwildarts.org/register. 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

“This fall I was able to take a Navajo embroidered beading class with Jen Ben. In this class we learned how to use all of the tools and techniques to create our own necklace medallion. Once the basic skills were learned, Jen worked with each of us on how we could take our ideas and translate them into this art form. I worked on making an anatomical heart medallion that was made into a necklace. We work through concept, possible issues with design, how I could create the appropriate edging and creating the necklace. All of these steps were broken down into steps that were doable and repeatable. Jen worked with the group each week but also met for individual consultations to address issues that were specific to our personal projects. It was amazing the variety of works that were created through this workshop and that we were all given the power to feel like we could do it on our own! I have since made several necklaces and a bracelet, with plans to continue on my beading journey. It was such a great community that Jen and Shay were able to create within this class! Thank you very much for making this possible!”


- Rachel  Welch
(IA Visual Arts Faculty)
[Beaded Medallion Testimonial]

Idyllwild Arts
2021-04-06T14:20:00+00:00

- Rachel  Welch
(IA Visual Arts Faculty)
[Beaded Medallion Testimonial]

“This fall I was able to take a Navajo embroidered beading class with Jen Ben. In this class we learned how to use all of the tools and techniques to create our own necklace medallion. Once the basic skills were learned, Jen worked with each of us on how we could take our ideas and translate them into this art form. I worked on making an anatomical heart medallion that was made into a necklace. We work through concept, possible issues with design, how I could create the appropriate edging and creating the necklace. All of these steps were broken down into steps that were doable and repeatable. Jen worked with the group each week but also met for individual consultations to address issues that were specific to our personal projects. It was amazing the variety of works that were created through this workshop and that we were all given the power to feel like we could do it on our own! I have since made several necklaces and a bracelet, with plans to continue on my beading journey. It was such a great community that Jen and Shay were able to create within this class! Thank you very much for making this possible!”

“Jen Ben is extremely talented both as an artist and a teacher. My life has been changed as far as growing as an artist because of her influence. The quality and variety of techniques that I’ve learned from the Navajo Embroidery Bead class have raised my artwork to greater heights. I look forward to taking more Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program Classes. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to develop more skills. I can’t wait to see what’s next!”


- Erin Dutton
(Artist, Library Assistant, Idyllwild Arts)

Idyllwild Arts
2021-04-06T14:10:43+00:00

- Erin Dutton
(Artist, Library Assistant, Idyllwild Arts)

“Jen Ben is extremely talented both as an artist and a teacher. My life has been changed as far as growing as an artist because of her influence. The quality and variety of techniques that I’ve learned from the Navajo Embroidery Bead class have raised my artwork to greater heights. I look forward to taking more Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program Classes. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to develop more skills. I can’t wait to see what’s next!”

“I really enjoyed the beading class! The techniques we were taught was something I found really helpful as well as just the sense of community and the friendliness of the environment. I never thought I would be into beading but this class gave me the creative freedom to experiment as well as the support to make the pieces I want to make happen. And now I want to bead even more. :) Here are some of the pieces I've been working on. I haven't been able to finish them yet. Still trying to color match some of the beads to the ones in stores!”


- MC Payen
(Senior, Visual Arts)

Idyllwild Arts
2021-04-06T14:25:51+00:00

- MC Payen
(Senior, Visual Arts)

“I really enjoyed the beading class! The techniques we were taught was something I found really helpful as well as just the sense of community and the friendliness of the environment. I never thought I would be into beading but this class gave me the creative freedom to experiment as well as the support to make the pieces I want to make happen. And now I want to bead even more. :) Here are some of the pieces I've been working on. I haven't been able to finish them yet. Still trying to color match some of the beads to the ones in stores!”
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Idyllwild Arts

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.

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.

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