artists in schools

Our California Arts Council-funded Artists in Schools Program sees us working with teaching artists in schools across Nevada County on seriously fun, creative lessons combining Visual Arts Content Standards with Common Core curriculum.

poetry out loud

Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation contest that, for us, begins right here in Nevada County classrooms. Through Poetry Out Loud we help high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. We work in schools across Nevada County to coach and mentor students in collaboration with California Teachers in the Schools (CPITS) and our Literary Arts Committee.

student voices campaign

In California, the Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, guarantees students a voice in planning and budgeting for their school district.  The Student Voices Campaign is a creative way for young people to make their voices heard through creating short videos of no more than two minutes in legnth. This year, the California State First Prize went to Nevada County student, Aiden Conley of Bear River High School.

Nevada County STEAM Expo

We support Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (NCSOS) in both planning and implementation on behalf of our arts community. Nevada County’s Annual STEAM Expo spotlights developments in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and math, and we led the Arts Agenda in tandem with NCSOS.

California State Summer School for the Arts

With California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) our aim is to encourage high school participation from Nevada County in this rigorously competitive program. Most years this results in more high school attendees than from any other surrounding county. We are available for information and mentoring at any stage of the application.

national congressional art competition

As blind judges for the US House of Representatives National Congressional Art Competition – for both the 1st and 4th Congressional districts – our role is to encourage student participation from Nevada County. Las year a Nevada County Student, Noah Gregoire, won first place and was able to travel to Washington with his parents where he was celebrated among other students nationwide, and his work hung at Capitol Hill for twelve months.