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Visual and performing arts classes are offered free of charge to students across Inyo county!  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.

Visual Arts Workshop

Beginning Guitar

Middle & High School Students with Greg Smith

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. Instruments provided if needed. 


Pow Wow Dancing

Middle & High School Students with Sage Romero

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!

Click HERE to contact our School Arts Coordinator with any questions.

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, Jane Pace.

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