The West Valley Arts (WVA) has long been a champion for arts education throughout the West Valley, a mission that is increasingly important as arts programs are pulled from the public school system. The council provides arts education and initiatives that directly serve more than 40,000 children annually.
WVA Arts Education Programs include:
For over 15 years, the West Valley Arts Council has presented live culturally-divers performing arts shows to 4th graders from area school districts. Arts Advantage is often the first live show that many 4th graders see! The majority of the 4,000+ students who attend the series are from Title One schools in mostly rural parts of the Southwest Valley. The program is significant because at that critical age between 9-10, programs like these can make a big impact, open young minds to new ideas and teach children to celebrate to other cultures.
Each summer, the West Valley Arts Council recruits teens to work with a master artist and a West Valley city to create a piece of public art that tells that city’s history and serves as a point of pride for the community. Gallery 37 projects can be found in almost every city in the West Valley. This past summer, students designed tactile artwork for the visually impaired in Glendale’s Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden.
Arts Education Partnership (AEP):
Our comprehensive AEP is one of our most impactful educational programs. The ongoing professional development arts training we provide to teachers trickles back into classrooms and improves the way children learn and experience the arts. This program has been recognized nationally by Americans for the Arts for its unique approach to strengthening arts education in West Valley schools.