The Art Alliance of Idyllwild created two new 2016 summer programs. Kids living in the Idyllwild area between the ages of 12 and 18 will get hands-on experience with visual art, writing, performing arts and science.

The first youth program of the summer is on Saturday, June 25. Co-sponsored by Jack Farley’s Art Supply, the program is a collaboration between AAI and the James Reserve. Located near Lake Fulmor and part of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System, the private reserve is opening its doors to 36 students to further promote the marriage of science and art.

The “Science of Art” workshop is the creation of AAI President Shanna Robb and Jen Gee, director of the James Reserve. With an all-day workshop, the event will start with students rotating through six unique science stations. Following a pizza lunch from Fratello’s, students will be paired with one of six AAI Artists.

Prior to the event, students will be able to select from a number of art mediums and will walk away with a finished piece of art. Each participating student will also receive a gift from Jack Farley’s Art Supply. The up-front cost of $20 per student will be refunded in full upon arrival of the student on June 25th. Space is limited and interested students should register by June 4th.

The second youth program of the summer is a series of four 3-hour workshops in July called “Writing for Performance.” Created and taught by Emily Heebner, this workshop makes AAI proud to be recognizing the importance of all forms of art.

Applauded for her passion and ability to create a learning environment that challenges and inspires students, Emily offers an unique mixture of acting, writing, directing and teaching. Fifteen local 12- to 18-year-olds will create their own script that will ultimately be performed in a small group environment.

Each workshop will build off the prior week, so Emily has requested a commitment by the students to attend all four sessions. Sessions will be held at the Idyllwild Library from noon-3 p.m. on July 8, 15, 22 and 29. No up-front deposit is requested, although class size is limited and online registration closes June 24.

Both summer programs are now open for registration, and adult volunteers are needed for the June 25 program. Additional information, including registration, may be found on the Art Alliance of Idyllwild website at Programs are free and open to local youth ages 12-18 who live in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Mountain Center and Garner Valley. Pending questions may be sent via email to or directed to 951-692-6135.

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