West Valley Arts (WVA) enriches the West Valley by growing a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community. WVA has long been a champion for arts education and its goals to enhance student academic, social, and emotional development. Our service to the West Valley’s educational system becomes more and more critical as arts programs and funding decline. As a prominent arts organization, we are here to transform your school from S.T.E.M to S.T.E.A.M! We believe this will positively impact students’ creative thinking, curiosity, and inclusivity!
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WVA Arts Education Programs include:
Arts Advantage is a series of 60-minute live, culturally diverse, arts performances for fourth grade students from West Valley schools. Students learn from, interact with, and enjoy educational yet entertaining, kid-friendly performances such as: Native American hoop dancing, multi-lingual opera, African drumming, and Flamenco. Arts Advantage is often the first live show that many 4th graders see!
Since the program’s inception over 20 years ago, we have partnered with school districts in the West Valley to reach students whose families are low-moderate income. Our work in Title One schools is to ensure that underserved youth have adequate access to quality arts education and experiences. Our amazing donors and sponsors make it possible for us to reach and serve those that normally would not be able to afford it.
Overall, these diverse performances serve to teach every young mind to explore new ideas, experience the arts and celebrate different cultures!
For the 2020-2021 school year, we will expand from live performances to include interactive Video programming to continue giving our students the arts & culture exposure they need and want.
If you are interested in having an Arts Advantage performance in your school please email Melody Kokora, Program and Event Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Gallery 37 is a 5-week long art apprenticeship program for students ages 15-18. Each summer, West Valley Arts recruits teens to work with a professional artist and a West Valley city to create a beautiful piece of public art. The design process from concept to installation is all student-led. The mission of this program is to foster creative collaboration while providing vital job skills to further students’ interest in arts education. Additionally, Students receive FREE college credits in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College and a stipend for their work.
Gallery 37 has been in the West Valley for over 20 years and has been awarded with the Governor Arts Award! Our amazing student projects can be found in almost every city in the West Valley. Click here to check out the awesome projects Gallery 37 has produced!
If you are interested in having a Gallery 37 project in your city or wish to participate as a teacher or student please email Melody Kokora, Programs and Event Manager, at email@example.com
Our Professional Development sessions strive to support the efforts of administrators and teachers by providing quality training and workshops in person and virtually. WVA connects schools with expert teaching artists in music, visual arts, and general arts education to further support West Valley students. The ongoing music and arts training we provide to teachers trickles back into classrooms and improves the way children learn and experience the arts.
West Valley Arts will plan, coordinate, and schedule your school’s arts and music PD for the entire school year (up to 8 PD’s)! We can also coordinate independent PD sessions for extra support.
If you are interested in having a Professional Development session(s) in your school please email Melody Kokora, Program and Event Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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