Arts Enterprise Lab Projects Summary for 2011 – 2012

28 06 2012

By Don Put

The second year followed on the success of our first year in ways that were gratifying to all involved. The AEL projects this year encompassed a wide variety of ideas and helped us to move forward and substantiate the importance of the four major sections of AEL: directed master classes, grants for student work, internships, and the alum/professionals guest speaker series for our seniors. We are particularly thrilled with the internship program and we had two strong participants, one an alumni of IAA and the other a graduate of CalArts with an MFA.

To summarize:

AEL sponsored eight master classes, many of which gave our students insights into their chosen art fields in ways that helped them to understand what a career in the arts might look like and how to go about planning for it and navigating through the unique situations common in each field. Connections that were made during these classes will most likely enable our students to have contacts outside of the relatively cloistered environment of Idyllwild Arts that provide an opportunity for networking far from “the hill.” One of the highlights for sure was the master classes given by Jock Soto during his week here. He showed the dance students that it is possible to be a great teacher as well as a great dancer. I think his visit was a life-changing event for our dancers. Read the rest of this entry »