Program Information

Art is not about fame and fortune. Our school’s founder, Max Krone, believed that the true power of the creative process lies in its ability to transcend boundaries and increase understanding between people. By practicing art and using it in socially relevant ways, we can make the world a better place. Art can give voice to people who are underrepresented and overcome barriers of race, class, and gender. Applying our skills and passion, we can work towards creative solutions to the world’s problems.


Art in Society Seminar – Throughout the year, guest activists and artists will visit to give talks and workshops for the students in the program. Regular student-led discussion groups will focus on key social issues to deepen their understanding and familiarity with the dynamics of the world around them. Students will have access to organizations in Southern California through field trips for service and socially-engaged activities.

Annual Art in Society Symposium – Each February, the Symposium draws world-class artists from all disciplines to conduct masterclasses and give inspiring talks about how their work relates to society. In the past, we have had guests such as National Book Award winner Claudia Rankine and renown sculptor and designer John David Mooney.

Coursework – Many courses at Idyllwild Arts integrate a global perspective of social issues into the curriculum. Combined with the international nature of the student body, the classroom becomes a truly unique educational experience.

Capstone Art Projects – The faculty advisors of the program will provide guidance and resources so that students can follow their passions and integrate their desire for social change into their art projects.