Youth Arts Action

Visual and performing arts classes are offered free of charge to students across Inyo and Mono counties!  Taught by diverse and talent teaching artists outside of school hours, these classes not only benefit students in our isolated school districts, but also give local artists the opportunity to share their craft with young members of our community.

We are thrilled to be the recipient of an Arts Education Grant from the California Arts Council (CAC) and the Inyo County Probation Department to provide standards-based classes to Inyo County middle and high school students!  We have received the Youth Arts Action (YAA) grant which supports arts education programs for PreK-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of this program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Class size is limited to keep a low student-teacher ratio and classes are sequential. Therefore a commitment and regular attendance is required.

For in-person classes, masks are required and COVID 19 safety protocols will be enforced.

Click HERE to sign up!

Lady Lead

for middle & high school girls
with Jael Hoffmann & Shelby Dolim
In-person* in Lone Pine: Tuesdays, March 23rd, 3:30pm – 5pm, ongoing! Sign up by March 19th!

Enjoy the company of other young ladies in this series of workshops that explore a variety of art activities with a mindful approach in a relaxed and social environment. Materials are provided! Space is limited!

Beginning Guitar

for middle & high school students
with Greg Smith
POSTPONED^ Online**: Mondays & Wednesdays, 3 –3:30pm, ongoing.

Greg will be teaching chords and other musical techniques which will enable you to play songs, and to start writing your own. He will also be using simple percussion to educate your inner sense of time, and show you how to read some of the guitar ‘tab’ music which is all over the internet. Your skill development limited only by how much you practice…

**Online classes will be held on Zoom. Connection information will be provided with your class confirmation.

^You can still register for this postponed class to receive updates on when it will start and hold your spot.

What is Your Motif?

Click on the photo to learn more about Judyth!

for high school students
with Judyth Greenburgh
POSTPONED^ In-person* in Lone Pine: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30– 5:30pm. DATES TBD

Learn branding design, strategy, and communication! Skills to use in your personal or future professional life including logo, website, & social media design will be included. Use your designs to make swag including stickers, t-shirts, buttons, postcards, posters, and more!

*IN-PERSON classes are tentative and subject to changes, like being moved online or postponing the start date. Enrollment is very limited to allow for distancing. Masks are required and COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced.

^You can still register for this postponed class to receive updates on when it will start and hold your spot.

Pow Wow Dancing

for middle & high school students
with Sage Romero
POSTPONED^: In-person* in Big Pine: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:30pm, ongoing. Starts TBD.
POSTPONED^: Online**: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30pm, ongoing. Starts TBD.

AkaMya Culture Group is collaborating with Inyo Council for the Arts, and NASA (Native American Student Association) to host Pow Wow Dance Groups in Big Pine! Students will learn proper protocol, stories, discipline, and respect for these styles of dancing.  Learn about, and try, different dance styles! Develop your own traditional dance style! Discover which dance interests you most!

*In-person class sizes are very limited to allow for optimal social distancing. Masks are required and COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. In-person classes will start online, or be moved online, depending on CA state and Inyo county public health requirements and recommendations.

**Online classes will be held on Zoom. Connection information will be provided with your class confirmation.

^You can still register for this postponed class to receive updates on when it will start and hold your spot.

Click HERE to sign up!

Click HERE to contact School Arts Coordinator, Erin Renee with any questions.

Teaching Artists Needed!

We are seeking teaching artists from across the county to share their craft, and be a positive role model, with middle and high school students outside of school hours.  This is a paid position, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Click HERE for Teacher Application Materials, or HERE to contact School Arts Coordinator, Erin Renee.

Apply now!
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Mastering the Monologue

for middle & high school students
with Karen Keehn
Online**: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3 –4:30pm. 1/12 – 2/11.

Learn techniques for performing monologues and other forms of recitation with drama and conviction. Perfect for Poetry Out Loud participants!  Karen will teach you physical and mental tools to memorize and mark your pieces for success. One-on-one coaching to bring the piece to performance level will be the focus. The class will conclude with an online performance!

**Online classes will be held on Zoom. Connection information will be provided with your class confirmation.