By Lydia Kremer

Did you know that desert dwellers have a nearby art haven to escape to for a cool summertime cultural experience??

Beginning June 16 and running through August 11, 2013, Idyllwild Arts’ 64th Annual Summer Program will offer more than 100 art workshops as well as free concerts, lectures, art exhibitions in 40-degree cooler temps than the Coachella Valley!

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program began in 1950 and has attracted a roster of illustrious artists such as famed photographer Ansel Adams, renowned folk singer Pete Seeger, and “the mother of modern dance” Bella Lewitzky – all who have taught in the Summer Program.

You can choose from varied workshops, ranging from 2-day to 3-week-long hands-on arts classes, for everyone including passionate practicing professional/non-professional artists, children, youth, and families.  Not only will you enjoy an arts immersion experience but you’ll also enjoy the picturesque and rustic beauty of the Idyllwild Arts campus with its comfortable dorm-like accommodations and dining facilities.

It has been a longstanding tradition for many students/artists who return to Idyllwild each year: 1) to experience this enriching arts environment; 2) to learn new techniques in their field of interest; or 3) to acquire working knowledge in a new medium.  As class sizes are limited, many workshops reach their capacity rapidly; hence, early registration is suggested.

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program is unique in that it provides intensely-focused arts instruction in small classes (average class size is 10 students), by professional artists-instructors, in an idyllic and tranquil setting, all conducive to productive and meaningful exploration of students’ chosen field of study.

The following list is only a few of the disciplines that offer enriching workshops:

Music                                                             Sculpture

Dance                                                            Painting

Theatre                                                          Mixed Media

Native American Arts                                  Jewelry

Creative Writing                                           Ceramics

Whether or not you participate in the workshops, you can enjoy the many Summer Program concerts, artist lectures, gallery receptions – all open to the public free of charge!

Summer Program Free Community Events:

July 2, 3 & 4, 12 noon — Native American Arts Festival Lecture Series

July 5, 7 p.m. — Native American Arts Festival Fashion Show

July 9, 7 p.m. — Poetry Reading (David St. John, Jane Shore, Matthew Dickman, and guests)

July 31, August 7 & 8, 7:30 p.m. – Chamber Music Concert Series

August 10, 8 p.m. — Chamberfest Chamber Orchestra Concert

To see the full Summer Program schedule of workshops and free events, or to register, visit:

Idyllwild Arts, located on 200 acres of pine forest in the San Jacinto Mountains, is within an hour drive from the Coachella Valley and is a refreshing respite from desert summer temps.

In fulfilling our mission to provide an unparalleled arts education to all students, without regard to financial ability, Idyllwild Arts offers scholarships and financial aid. To inquire or to help support young artists, please contact Diane Dennis, Registrar, 951-659-2171, Ext. 2365.

Idyllwild Arts Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, which depends on the generosity of its many friends and supporters to fulfill its mission.  Gifts and grants make it possible to provide free community concerts and lectures, and provide student scholarships.  For more information about the benefits of a gift to IAF, please call Susan Bowers, Chief Development Officer at 951-659-2171, Ext 2342