John Newman and Laura Sherman speak

The Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation sponsors the series Spotlight on Leadership, designed to acquaint community members with academic and arts programs, and business leadership at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

John Newman, director of business operations, and Laura Sherman, director of facilities management, will discuss campus infrastructure projects — what has been recently completed and what is upcoming during the next five years, as part of the academy’s strategic plan.

Newman noted that what is currently underway is a renovation of the academy’s photo lab that will revive study of film as a medium, both for visual arts, as well as for film and digital media students. “This will allow us to preserve and continue the study of film photography rather than just digital,” said Newman. “We’re also creating a lighting studio where fashion students and others can photograph subjects and models.”

Newman noted a current project called “way finding” — using improved signage and building numbering to help visitors better find their way around campus. “Whether Jazz in the Pines patrons or new students and their families, we want them to have an easier time of navigating the campus,” said

John Newman, director of business operations, and Laura Sherman, director of facilities management, at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, are featured speakers at the campus series Spotlight on Leadership. Newman and Sherman will talk about campus building projects. Many have been completed since 2005 when Nelson Dining Hall brought a new level of food service to the campus. Recent highlights are the LEED Certified Health Center and the William M. Lowman Concert Hall.
Photos courtesy Idyllwild Arts Academy


Newman and Sherman also will discuss possible revision of the 2012 master plan to accommodate future build-out and campus additions. This should be an exciting talk for any interested in the history of the campus and the building that has occurred recently, including the completion of the state-of-the-art Lowman Concert Hall and the LEED-certified Health Center.

Spotlight on Leadership takes place at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Fireside Room of Nelson Dining Hall. All are welcome to attend this free series.