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

The California Writing Project has announced that Ana Maria Garcia Lopez de Cardenas, and Luis Bermudez Ham, both Idyllwild Arts Creative Writing students, have won Gold Key Awards in the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is the top regional award, and their stories went on to be judged at a national level.

Ana, a junior, submitted a short story titled “Drowning Stories,” and Luis, a sophomore, submitted a short story titled “Pencils Sharp as Knives.”

Luis received a silver medal and is invited to Carnegie Hall to accept his award at an event in New York City on May 31.

The California Writing Awards are sponsored by the California Writing Project, California Writes! and the California Association of Teachers of English.

Summer Program receives distinction from regional Native American tribe
On March 26, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recognized the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s Native American Arts Workshops and Festival. The honor was presented at the 2013 Forging Hope Luncheon, which the tribe hosted at the Orange Show Convention Center in San Bernardino, and more than 300 guests attended.

Idyllwild Arts Board Chair Faith Raiguel, Heather Companiott, director of the Idyllwild Arts’ Summer Program Adult Arts Center and Native American Arts Program, and Gerald Clarke, consultant for the Native American Arts Festival and Visual Arts department chair, represented the school.

The tribe presented the school with the YAWA Award in the category of Special Projects. The word YAWA has special significance in the tribe’s language and means “a smile, a hearty handshake and a call to manifest one’s beliefs through action.”

“To be recognized by my peers in the tribal community is especially meaningful to me and I humbly thank you for this award,” Clarke said in accepting the exquisite glass award. Clarke is a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians and serves on the tribal council as vice-chairman.

Guest artists Aldo and Judith Mancinelli will perform recital April 5
The celebrated husband and wife piano duo, Aldo and Judith Mancinelli, will perform a special recital 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Stephens Recital Hall and the public is invited. This is a rare treat to have these two internationally acclaimed artists perform here in our community.

Since his debut at age 11, Aldo has performed nearly 1,000 concerts throughout the world and was the first American to win the prestigious Ferrucccio Busoni International Piano Competition. Judith Mancinelli, a member of the Millikin University piano faculty since 1980, is known equally as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician.

Architect carries on the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright
The Idyllwild Arts’ Sustainability Lecture Series continues with the presentation of Eric Lloyd Wright, architect and grandson of the renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

The subject of Eric Wright’s lecture, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, will be sustainable architecture. Following his talk, an informal reception will convene in the Fireside Room.

As an apprentice to his grandfather at Taliesin and Taliesin West, Wright worked on several notable projects alongside his famous grandfather, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York. After returning to the West Coast, he worked with his father Lloyd Wright, also an architect. The Wright family dynasty is alive and well with a third generation of innovative architecture.

As principal and founder of Eric Lloyd Wright & Associates, his focus is on the evolution of organic architecture and green building design. His design philosophy is rooted in the integration of ecology, social responsibility and beauty.