FLOW 2021

This year we present a fabulous digital fashion magazine to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of five young designers. They started designing at the beginning of the school year and by April had sewed, crocheted, upcycled and illustrated wonderful fashion lines! Because of the virtual, distanced environments we all lived in this year, the students…

A Virtual Whodunnit

The Arcata Arts Institute presents their first ever virtual murder mystery, “A Virtual Whodunnit ”, written specifically for the Zoom environment by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus. This one of a kind experience, directed by Melanie Zapper, will allow the audience to interact and solve this mystery along with the actors and actresses! Purchase your…

California Exemplary Arts Education Award

Arcata High School has been designated a California Exemplary Arts Program! Here is the press release from State Superintendent Tony Thurmond: SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that 33 California schools were selected for the California Exemplary Arts Education Award. These schools engage students in quality arts education that meet California Arts Standards for Public Schools (Arts Standards) and demonstrate…

Inside the Art of Cora Dandeneau

This year, one of the Arcata Arts Institute Master Classes offered to our students was Video Storytelling taught by Lynette Nutter. Stories have power. They can transform how we see our lives and the lives of others. In this master class students learned how to utilize video to become story excavators and gained experience in…

AAI Music Showcase

The Arcata Arts Institute musicians have put together a showcase featuring students performing covers and originals, all recorded and edited by the performers themselves! This virtual show is pre-recorded but there will be live hosts and active audience participation encouraged! The event is Thursday, March 18th at 7pm. Tickets are $5 for Students, $8 General Admission,…

AAI Demo Day!

Wednesday, March 10th 2021 4:30 – 6:30 pm Virtual Event Register at https://forms.gle/hspdEJoPTwkPkBk5A Who: This session is designed for teachers and administrators who currently run a pathway or are interested in designing and creating an AME pathway (Arts, Media, Entertainment) at your school/district that includes courses focused on Media Arts, Animation, or Game Design. What: The Arcata Arts…

Arcata’s Got Talent!

Streaming straight into the comfort of your own living room, our very first Virtual Variety Show: Arcata’s Got Talent! Enjoy music, monologues, and more from both the students and the staff of Arcata and Six Rivers Charter High School! Join us Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm PST for this hybrid blend of live and pre-recorded…

Student Uses Graphic Design Skills For Good

Arcata Arts Institute student Marisa Mendosa found a creative way to connect her fellow students and raise more than $800 for Food for People! As last school year was winding down, and students were forced to isolate and study from home due to the pandemic shutdown, it occurred to Marisa that students wouldn’t be able…

“Seasons Of Love”, Virtual Performance

This past spring, our theatre program was one week away from opening our production of RENT, school edition, when we went into shelter-in-place. Melanie Zapper, our theatre instructor and director was able to create this video of one of the songs from the show, “Seasons Of Love”. It also includes a heartwarming message to the…

Samantha Gleave Launches Pet Portrait Business

Samantha Gleave, AAI senior, placed 4th in Humboldt County Office Of Education’s Innovate Business Challenge! This is a competition for high school-aged students to create ideas for new products and services and business startups. Five finalists pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, just like on “Shark Tank.” Samantha won $1500 to help launch…

Arcata Arts Institute Fashion Lives On!

Today, Saturday May 23rd would have been the Arcata Arts Institute’s 14th annual Flow. Every year our community gathers at the Arcata Theatre Lounge to celebrate our young fashion designers. It is a highlight of the year for many in our program including myself. Although our school campus shut down mid-March, some of our fashion…

AAI at Morris Graves Museum of Art

The Arcata Arts Institute is participating in the Youth Arts Festival at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka. The celebration will be held from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on April 6, 2020. Along with work from the students of AAI, there will also be art work from many other schools ranging from…