Working with the Schools

Our goal is to advocate for and lead our community in understanding the necessity of arts education. The Center’s K-12 arts education programs are designed to develop improvisational skills and self-expression, enhancing confidence, teaching empathy and strengthening our ability to problem solve. We believe that creativity is at the core of problem solving and problem solving is the foundation of a competitive and innovative work force, an entrepreneurial society and an engaged citizenry.

The Center’s K-12 programs on average impact 7000 student participants in a community with an average enrollment of 4,000 students.

Arts Education—Arts Making an Impact


Special thanks 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 Center 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.

Photo Gallery

Dala at Wood River High School, Fall 2015

2015 Dala School Residency

TorQ Percussion Quartet at Alturas Elementary School & Syringa Mountain School, Spring 2015

Portland Cello Project at Wood River High School, Fall 2014

Portland Cello Project In-School Residency

Okaidja & Shokoto at Pioneer Montesorri School, Fall 2013