• Inyo County Finals!

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    The County finals for the Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation competition will be held at ICA, Thursday, February 15th at 6:00pm. The competition features students from schools across Inyo County reciting works of great poetry. The winner of the county competition is sent to Sacramento to represent Inyo County in the state finals! Poetry Out Loud is a program of the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.
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  • Mountain Film Festival!

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    The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Bishop, March 30th & 31st, with two nights of exhilarating and enlightening mountain films! Tickets are only $15 for each screening (with different films being shown each night.) Don't miss the biggest mountain film event in the Eastern Sierra! Tickets go on sale Monday, February 19th!
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  • Kindness

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    Community Reads is right around the corner. The theme this year is "Kindness", and the book is "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. Stay tuned here on the website for more information, and keep an eye out for our postcard in the mail!
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Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work, and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts.

Inyo Council for the Arts works to provide an environment in which the arts thrive by bringing quality programs and events to our community. We are a non-profit organization and we rely on membership for our continued success.

 

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Click HERE to sign up for our e-mail newsletter.

To submit events for inclusion in our newsletter, email all relevant information to millpond@inyo.org.  Please limit submissions to artistic and cultural events in the Eastern Sierra, and include, if possible, a poster or graphic for the event.

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A listing of our annual and ongoing programs

Ongoing:

Gallery – The ICA Gallery, located at 137 S. Main St. in Bishop features rotating exhibits of works by local artists.  All ICA member artists are welcome to submit pieces to our shows.  View our gallery schedule HERE for upcoming shows.

Concerts – ICA presents concerts throughout the year in our theater space, and in community spaces including the Bishop City Park during the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Show.  We also present visiting musicians in schools throughout Inyo County.

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Newsletter – ICA publishes a newsletter about every two weeks to our local subscribers.  The newsletter reaches over 1,100 subscribers, and includes not only ICA events and reminders, but also announcements about artistic and cultural events across the Eastern Sierra.  To sign up for the email newsletter CLICK HERE.  If you would like to submit an event or announcement for inclusion in our email, please send info to millpond@inyo.org. (Please limit submissions to artistic and cultural events in the Eastern Sierra, and include, if possible, a poster or graphic for the event.)

School Programs:

Art Docent Program – In 2010, ICA and the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office (ICSOS) developed and launched the K-5 Art Docent program for students throughout the county. The program brings parent and volunteer docents into elementary classrooms six times per school year to present portfolios of famous art works. Each portfolio contains four or five reproductions of famous works, accompanied by information on the artist and the work to provide historical and artistic enrichment.  Presentations are followed up with a hands-on art lesson.

Brummitt-Taylor Classical Music Listening Program – A daily curriculum encouraging students to recognize and understand classical compositions, the Brummitt-Taylor Program is more than simply a “music appreciation” program, it is a comprehensive approach to developing musical literacy. ICA partners with ICSOS to provide this program to more than 1,500 Inyo County students on a daily basis.

Poetry Out Loud – ICA facilitates Inyo County’s participation in the nation-wide Poetry Out Loud competition, which encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  Poetry Out Loud is produced in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Each year the winner of the Inyo County competition travels to Sacramento to compete in the state-wide championship.

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After-school classes – ICA organizes and facilitates after school art classes for students across the county, from Lone Pine to Round Valley, including our county juvenile detention center.  These classes not only benefit students in our artistically under-served school districts, but also give local artists the opportunity to share their craft with the young members of our community.

Assemblies – ICA presents a number of in-school music assemblies for students across the county featuring high-quality musical acts from around the world.  We are proud to provide these unique opportunities for multi-cultural enrichment and musical inspiration to kids in even our smallest schools.

Annual Events:

Millpond – The Millpond Music Festival is a three day multi-cultural and multi-genre music festival that takes place at the Millpond County Park just outside of Bishop in September each year.  2017 marked the 26th anniversary of this Eastern Sierra tradition – which features kids’ activities, local art vendors, educational workshops, and a variety of food vendors, on top of the stellar performances by musical acts from around the world.

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 Memorial Day and Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festivals – ICA produces the Labor Day and Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Shows in the Bishop City Park each year.  The Labor Day show runs concurrently with the Tri-County Fair and features approximately 40 artists. The Memorial Day Show, running during Bishop’s famous “Mule Days” celebration, features over 100 artists, food vendors, and a program of free live music from 11am to 6 pm on Sunday.

Banff Film Festival – Each year in March ICA presents the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to Bishop for two nights. The festival features exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains, highlight remote cultures, follow intense expeditions into exotic landscapes, and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus.

Community Reads – In collaboration with the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office, ICA produces the annual Community Reads program which encourages literacy and community involvement though a series of events centering on the theme of a different book each year.  Community Reads will be marking its 10th year in 2018.

 

Click HERE to sign up for our e-mail newsletter and stay up to date on our programs and events!

 

 

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Inyo Council for the Arts works to provide an environment in which the arts thrive!

CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM

  • GENERAL ($25)
    Frequent email updates about ICA sponsored events and other opportunities to celebrate arts in the Eastern Sierra. Participation in gallery exhibits.
  • FRIEND ($40)
    All benefits of General Membership plus $10 discount on Arts & Crafts Fair booth fees.
  • PATRON ($115)
    All benefits of Friend Membership plus One Millpond Music Festival Week-End Pass.
  • KINDRED SPIRIT ($275)
    All benefits of Friend Membership plus Two Millpond Music Festival Week-End Passes and Two Millpond Commemorative T-Shirts.
  • MILLPOND “BUY THE SHOW” ($1,000)
    All benefits of Kindred Spirit Membership plus Backstage access and recognition in the show program.

 

CLICK HERE to join our e-mail newsletter list!

 

Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work, and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts.Inyo Council for the Arts works to provide an environment in which the arts thrive by bringing quality programs and events to our community. We are a non-profit organization and we rely on membership for our continued success.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
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