About Education & Humanities

The Education & Humanities Department strives to provide exceptional learning experiences for all age levels, enriching the community through transformational arts and educational experiences. We do this through:

  • Annual Lecture Series
  • Adult classes in both the visual arts and humanities
  • Week-long visual arts camps for grade school students
  • Multiple free Family Days where families have an opportunity to visit our museum space and create an art project associated with the current exhibition’s theme
  • Teen workshops where students learn in-depth skill building techniques in the visual arts
  • District-wide school outreach programs for grades K-12, including:

•  Student Exhibition tours of our museum exhibitions
•  Professional Artist Residencies that bring artists into classrooms
•  Classroom Enrichment that integrates art into secondary core curriculum
•  Stages of Wonder explores creativity though theatrical arts
•  Student Matinees with Company of Fools

A special thank you to the following donors for generously supporting our arts education programs in the schools:

  • Anonymous
  • Cox Communications
  • Robbins de Beaumont Foundation
  • Heart of Gold Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
  • The Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
  • Geri & John Herbert
  • Robin Leavitt & Terry Friedlander
  • Gayle Marie
  • Wendy & Alan Pesky
  • The Power Foundation
  • U.S. Bancorp Foundation
  • Western States Arts Federation

All Sun Valley Center for the Arts programs are supported by public funding for the arts through the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Idaho Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To see our programs in action check out the videos below on our Classroom Enrichment Projects:

With Tim Rierden’s 7th grade Humanities class at Wood River Middle School and their unit on Peace and Conflict. This School Residency took place Spring 2015.

With Jennifer Rierden’s 6th grade AP Language Arts class and Janene Alleman’s 7th grade Life Science class at Wood River Middle School. This School Residency took place Spring 2014.

With Dr. Marcia Grawbow’s AP Statistics Class at Wood River High School. This School Residency took place from October 2013 – February 2014.