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

Good news for Idyllwild residents who are art aficionados. Now’s the perfect time to nurture your creative side.

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program is offering full-time residents of Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Anza a 50 percent discount off the tuition for select Adult and Youth workshops. (Proof of full-time residency is required.)

For a list of specific workshops available for this discount, contact the registrar at (951) 659-2171, ext. 2365.

Workshop descriptions are available at

Also, come to Idyllwild Arts for events and exhibits throughout the summer that are open to the public at no charge. (See the weekly ad in the Town Crier or the Idyllwild Arts website for detailed schedule of events.)

Academy and Summer Program alumni reunion
Both the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program alums have recently been gathering for reunions and more are in the works.

To kick off the 64th annual Summer Program, all Summer Program alums are invited to join in a Summer Program Reunion Sunday, May 26, at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

This weekend, we’re hosting an Alumni Weekend in Idyllwild from Friday, May 17, to Sunday, May 19. The classes of ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03 and ’08 are being honored at this special celebration. If you would like to attend these Summer Alumni Reunion events, please R.S.V.P. to Karen Metz at [email protected].

Recent Academy reunions were convened across the country. More than 70 alumni attended the Los Angeles Reunion which took place at “Subliminal Projects,” Shepard Fairey’s (’88 alum) gallery space. The New York City Reunion was hosted by Alumni Trustee Adam Glick ’02 and his husband, Josh Solon. The San Francisco Reunion, held last weekend, was hosted by Jessica Gaston, an alumna of Idyllwild’s former Elliott Pope Preparatory School. This event was held at San Francisco’s Hotel Biron, a wine bar and art gallery.

Alum appears in Europe
And speaking of alums, we have one alum who has been stirring up the art world in Europe. Former dance student Eleanor Bauer, now a professional dancer and choreographer is living in Brussels. She has been delighting audiences in Belgium and beyond.

After graduating from IAA in 2000, she attended the New York University Tisch School and has gone on to become a notable international dancer and choreographer. Her solo piece “ELEANOR!” in 2005 drew critical acclaim while her other works — “At Large” and “Big Girls Do Big Things” — both toured internationally and also drew rave reviews. In 2011, her sextet entitled “A Dance for the Newest Age” was premiered at Brussels’ Kaaitheater, and in 2012 “A Newest Testament” opened the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

As a dancer, she has been featured in numerous notable dance companies in the United States. We are delighted that Eleanor has not only been able to live her dream but is taking it on the road, too. All the best, Eleanor, on your continued success.

Relive the Roaring 20s in ‘The Boy Friend’
For the final production of IAA’s Theatre Department enjoy the Roaring Twenties in a humorous play about show biz dreams and ambitions in “The Boy Friend,” (book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson).

You’ll be entertained by the play’s themes of young love, the Roaring Twenties, and the French Riviera in this toe-tapping musical.

The cast includes more than 20 IAA students.

There will be several performances 7:30 p.m. May 17, and 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Don’t miss “The Boy Friend” and a chance to see many of these gifted IAA Theatre seniors before they move on after graduation.