Teaching arts at the local elementary school

After budget cuts several years ago, the smARTS program was formed by active community members who believed the arts should be an integral part to young kids’ education. Bonnie Carpenter has been taking Idyllwild Arts students to volunteer ever since the program was founded. Joann Tomsche, the campus gallery manager and teacher in the Visual Arts department, ran the smARTS program for several years.

Today was the first day this year that our students went to volunteer!

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Eight of our young artists helped in the classroom, doing everything from making songs to playing theater games to environmental art. Our students will be visiting the school on Fridays throughout the year.