The Broad Museum, L.A. and Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns’ extensive body of work, while not overtly political, has been interpreted as quietly so. It has been seen to manifest coded pronouncements about sexual identity through consistent investigations and representations of the body, uses of language, and humor. Among the myriad of interpretations of Johns’ work, a political or activist analysis is possible, but this has, at times, been overlooked in favor of an aesthetic or populist analysis that disregards any inherent political message.

Today, a target roundel in a work of fine art might seem fairly unremarkable; yet sixty years ago, in a very different social and political climate, Jasper Johns’ Target paintings were freighted with hidden meanings. Pictured: l-r  Art in Society enthusiasts Joaquin Eaton Sharon, Alex Kuykendall, Hannah Wakelin.


IDY TALKS – Ashley Leung

Music Major Ashley Leung began her Idy Talk by handing her violin to a member of the audience and asking her to play it. Of course, the baffled woman could barely hold the instrument. “Not as easy as it looks,” chided Ashley who, after retrieving her instrument, did, indeed, make it look easy. Ashley then talked about her journey, as a ninth-grade music student, from her home in Hong Kong to Idyllwild and the academy, and the growth that migration has produced, both musically and culturally. Ashley’s concern for others is the very definition of Art in Society –  “Each year, I invite four or five students who attend Idyllwild Arts to come with me to teach music and art to underprivileged students in my native country.”

Called “Teach Music for China,” its mission statement captures Ashley’s personal goal of offering music instruction in areas where it is not readily available. “Our mission statement is ‘to enrich and cultivate music education as a form of self-expression in an underprivileged school in China. Music is a powerful tool to transform lives.’”


ART IN SOCIETY 2017/18 launched Wed., September 17, 2017 with the traditional Ice Cream Social. Film and Digital Media student, Nikki Taro, made a wonderful and very touching presentation about her work, over the summer, at El Pastoral Del Amor, an orphanage in Merida, Mexico. Truly Art at work in Society. Inform. Transform. Influence.IceCreamSocialArt in Society Ice Cream Social Poster 2017

MUSICA! A Side By Side Concert

musica 11Two communities united by love of music. Students from San Jacinto Elementary School arrive IAA with their parents. Approximately 50 people in total. The students will play side by side with their music mentors. The parents will be in the audience, digging the sounds, beaming with pride 🙂

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At IAA’s spectacular Lowman Concert Hall, Teresa de Pietro conducts ECHO Orchestra, comprised entirely by elementary school students from San Jacinto.



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San Jacinto students (in blue) and their IAA mentors (in black) take on Tchaikovsky.


Proud mentor, Paulina Flores (center), with her VIOLA students.

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These are the people responsible for a beautiful afternoon of art, music, and friendship. IAA mentors (in black) and their elementary school students (in blue).


UPCYCLE Fashion Show 3/11/17


Zorina (Tsz Ching) Wong was the winner of the Best Upcycle Design. The show benefited the Idyllwild HELP Center.


Zorina’s design started out as “pale finds” at the Help Center which she transformed into a dark and dazzling, award-winning garment.



Fashion show was a resounding success! The IAA students mixed beautifully with an audience of local Help Center supporters. It was Art + Society, literally. Event raised more than $6,000.00 for Idyllwild’s Help Center.


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Idyllwild Arts Fashion Students present the raw material they will “upcycle” into high fashion