Idyllwild, CA (PRWEB) April 08, 2013
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recognized Idyllwild Arts’ Native American Arts Festival with a YAWA Award at their 5th Annual Forging Hope Luncheon in San Bernardino, CA on March 26 at a festive event attended by more than 300 guests. The Summer Program’s Native American Arts Festival was singled out for its contributions in fostering the public’s appreciation and understanding of Native American culture and art.
In the Tribe’s language, YAWA signifies “a call to manifest one’s beliefs through action.” The Forging Hope luncheon is the Tribe’s annual recognition event for a variety of community nonprofit organizations in the areas of public services. This year, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians honored four organizations. Idyllwild Arts’ Native American Arts Festival was recognized in the Special Projects category.
“We are proud to honor four of our nonprofit partners who have demonstrated Yawa while serving our communities in ways that show credibility, capacity, and compassion,” stated Carla Rodriquez, chairperson of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The Idyllwild Arts Native American Arts Festival is held each year during the Summer Program which is celebrating its 64th year in 2013. The Native American Arts Program is comprised of two components: 1) A variety of engaging, hands-on Native American Arts Workshops designed for adults of all levels of experience and knowledge. Working closely with nationally-renowned master artists and cultural specialists, students have the rare opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Native American art forms and to gain an understanding of the rich cultural foundation which inspires and motivates each artist. 2) The Native American Arts Festival (June 30 – July 6) includes a series of events – exhibits, performances, the Michael Kabotie Lecture series, and films – presented by distinguished artists, scholars and cultural specialists. All Festival events are open to the public at no charge.
“We are enormously grateful to the San Manuel Band of Missions for their continuing support and partnership in our Native American Arts Festival,” commented Faith Raiguel, Idyllwild Arts board chair. “I’m also proud of the efforts of our staff whose dedication to Native American cultural appreciation is recognized with this generous award.”
The Native American Arts Festival is part of the annual Summer Program which features more than 100 art workshops for every age and in every art discipline: theatre, music, painting, ceramics, writing, and much more. The Summer Program runs from June 16 – August 10, 2013, registration is available at idyllwildarts.org/summer
“We are also profoundly grateful to the dedicated and knowledgeable Native American faculty, artists, and scholars who make this program so worthy of recognition,” added Heather Companiott, Native American Arts Program director.
About Idyllwild Arts:
Idyllwild Arts Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 institution, which depends on the generosity of its many friends and supporters to fulfill its mission in providing an exemplary arts education to high school students who wish to pursue a career in the arts. Idyllwild Arts also offers free community concerts, lectures and art exhibitions year round made possible through generous gifts and grants.
Idyllwild Arts is a prestigious arts institution that was founded in 1950 with its renowned Summer Program. It is the only intensely-focused boarding arts high school on the West Coast.
Idyllwild Arts is set on 205-forested acres in the Mt. San Jacinto mountain village of Idyllwild, adjacent to major Southern California regions.
Idyllwild Arts offers both academic and arts education in all of the performing and visual arts.
The Idyllwild Summer Program features a diverse range of arts courses for all ages which feature hands-on workshops in music, dance, visual arts, writing, filmmaking and Native Arts.
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