On Monday, April 15, Idyllwild Arts showcases their daylong Art in Society’s 7th Annual Symposium, which is free and open to the public, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school’s stunning campus located at 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild, California. Illustrating the Citizen Artists that Idyllwild Arts educates, this year’s event features collaborative works from all Arts and Academics departments intertwining their perspectives on the historical, literary and scientific significance of water and its impact on our lives to its powerful creative presence in all forms of art.

The topic is the intersectionality of all the different elements of water, forming a larger tapestry based on what students learned from a fundraising campaign they undertook in fall 2023 with the nonprofit Gravity Water, which supports climate resilience and clean water access in developing nations. Representatives of Gravity Water will feature a presentation in honor of Art in Society’s first global campaign, and the school’s support of a clean water filtration system for children and families in Vietnam.

The event will also showcase guest Lula Washington of the Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theater with dances based on portraying the rituals and movement created all over the world around water, including rain dances.

Seeking to ignite important dialogue, there will be six student-focused works presented as collaborations between different departments, exploring how water relates to both music and math, an interactive installation intertwining film and environmental studies, a performative activity representing the complex relationship between an individual community and its collection of water as well as visual works that symbolize the intrinsic link between art and water, highlighting how both are essential components of human existence.

Idyllwild Arts is known for its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and innovation in arts education. The institution has a strong emphasis on fostering a global community of artists and educators, welcoming students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Its picturesque campus, surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains, provides a tranquil and stimulating environment for artistic growth and exploration.

For more information, visit: https://idyllwildarts.org/event/art-in-society-symposium-2024/.