Arts Council launching annual summer youth program to cure boredom

June 14, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

For hundreds of local youths, the arrival of summer means the beginning of several months of boredom and TV-induced vegetation.

Hoping to combat the local tradition of summer inactivity, the Imperial County Arts Council is launching its annual summer youth program next week.

The program offers mostly introductory arts classes in visual art, dance, music, creative writing and drama.

Additions to this year's program include a lecture series and arts classes aimed at adults.

"We are branching out and hopefully hitting a wider age," said Teresa Novinger, ICAC interim director. "Not only do kids need something to do, but also adults as well."

Age ranges for classes span from pre-school to adults.

A creative writing class for high school age students will be taught by Frank Jarrell. The class is part of the University of California, San Diego's "San Diego Writing Project." Novinger said the class will be open to adults.


Another new class being offered is "Indians of the Imperial Valley," taught by local archeologists, which will explore Native American history in the Imperial Valley through art.

Also, Novinger said ICAC is exploring offering a lecture series and workshops targeted toward a Spanish-speaking audience interested in the arts.

The Mostly Theatre Company will again have its annual drama program for youths. This year's production is "Pinnochio."

Guitar and violin lessons, jazz dance, drawing, papier machè and watercolor classes round out the summer's class list.

Classes will end with a performance or visual art show at the end of the summer, Novinger said.

She said there are limitations on most class sizes and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Most classes begin next week.

All classes are offered at the Old Post Office Pavilion at 230 S. 5th St., El Centro.

Additional visual arts classes will be offered by artist Kathleen Rutten at the Desert Galeria in Ocotillo Plaza in El Centro.

Applications and a complete schedule of classes are available at the OPOP.

Most classes have a one-time fee of $10, except the Mostly Theatre Company's drama program, which is $40 for the entire summer.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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