The West Valley Arts Council 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. WVAC is already gaining recognition across the state and nation as a significant force in arts education. The Council provides arts education and initiatives that directly serve more than 40,000 children
annually. Students aged 5-19 are provided with arts programming
that, without the Council, would simply not exist. The Council
is uniquely qualified to provide these programs to the region as an organization that serves all types
of arts organizations and art forms.
WVAC Arts Education Programs include:
Arts Advantage: These 60-minute performances feature a variety of artists in order to expose elementary-age students to many art forms. More than 1,000 students participate each year.
Missoula Children’s Theatre: This one-week residency for students aged 5-18 introduces participants them to the world of live theatre. The program starts with auditions and ends with a full staged performance of a classic fairytale. Missoula fills a void for student who would otherwise have to travel outside of the community for theatrical experience.
Multi-District Partnerships: WVAC continues to build relationships with and offer services to all school districts in the West Valley.
Gallery 37: This school-to-work apprenticeship program results in the creation and permanent placement of a professional piece of public art. Students are exposed to a variety of career opportunities within the arts and are placed in an environment that cultivates interest in furthering their arts education.
Arts Education Partnership: Current partnerships include: Agua Fria Union High School and the elementary districts of Buckeye, Liberty, Littleton, and Tolleson. Arts Education Partnerships support West Valley educators and students, connecting them with organizations, artists, and arts experiences.
Artist Residencies: In school events that are related to the performing art series have included: