The Idyllwild community and the campus have a unique symbiotic relationship which truly takes a village to be successful.

Idyllwild Arts welcomes 15 new students
During the weekend of Jan. 26 and 27, the campus rolled out the green carpet to welcome 15 students to Idyllwild Arts’ spring semester with a full schedule of activities and events. The students who joined us are from the U.S., Austria, China, Korea, Japan and Canada, and will be studying music, dance, film, visual arts, theater, and interarts.

The new students were treated to a coffee house social as well as a festive barbeque to interact with existing students. They are also assigned a “buddy” to help them feel welcomed and help them assimilate in their new environment.

InterArts instructor exhibits work in Los Angeles
Nancy Popp, Idyllwild Arts’ InterArts Department chair, is a professional performance artist and is currently participating in an exhibition MexiCali, Biennial at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles (through April 13). Nancy’s contribution is a site-specific performance piece which she performed in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. She also will perform the piece when the exhibition travels to Mexicali later in 2013.

International alumni reunions
We may be situated in a small, remote location, but Idyllwild Arts makes a significant cultural and educational impact in the world. We like to keep current on what our alums are doing and accomplishing in their future studies and careers. To that end, we annually organize alumni reunions in various international and U.S. cities.

Within the next three months, alumni will gather in five cities: Feb. 20 in Seoul, March 3 in Taipei, April 13 in Los Angeles, April 30 in New York City and May 11 in San Francisco.

Marshall Hawkins joins Jazz Hall of Fame
Idyllwild Arts’ very own national treasure and preeminent jazz musician, Marshall Hawkins, will be inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame at an event on Feb. 22 in Fresno, Calif.

Marshall, whose career spans several decades of prominence in the jazz world, most notably with the Miles Davis Quintet, will be one of three inductees being honored.

Congratulations, Marshall.