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…

Community Layers Documentary

We are so excited to share this documentary with our community! It tells the story of our fall devised theatre project that we made in collaboration with Dell Arté. It gives a wonderful sense of what AAI is all about and shows the power of collaboration, theatre, creativity and art. Community Layers, is a student…

AAI Demo Day

REGISTER HERE Friday, February 7th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Arcata High School Fine Arts Building The Arcata Arts Institute is a Demonstration Site for the California Department of Education. We are a model school for statewide arts, media, and entertainment programs. Our demo day is a chance to showcase our program. Educators, administrators, parents,…

Community Layers

AAI Theatre opens our season with the premiere of Community Layers, a student devised and created piece. This multi-media performance piece incorporates original student compositions in music, visual and media arts, aerial dance, and theatre.  Based on true stories, Community Layers delves into individual experiences in a way that helps to portray the interconnections between…

Artisan Faire

Arcata High School invites the public to their Holiday Artisan Faire, Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m in the Arcata High Creative Quad, 1720 M Street Arcata. A variety of handmade, one of a kind items will be for sale including evergreen holiday wreaths made by FFA, laser engraved items made in…

Art & Music Showcase

The Arcata Arts Institute art and music students will be showcasing their work at Redwood Yogurt this Friday, October 11th from 5 to 7 pm. The music ensembles will be playing covers and originals. For some, this will be their debut! The art on display will be a selection of work created this past summer….

Kaleidoscope Photos by Dean Wellik

Dean’s images were taken through a kaleidoscope held up to the edge of the camera lens. The variation of color and pattern came from the setting, mainly a garden with multiple species of flowers. Their multi-colored petals and leaves created great contrast, pattern, and unified color schemes. The abstract patterns and color create a disorienting feeling…

Flow 2019

Flow 2019 will take place on Saturday, May 25th at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7:30. Tickets are available at Hot Knots on the Arcata Plaza or at the door. Flow is our biggest fund-raiser of the year. Tickets are $30 general, $20 students/seniors. Flow is the annual fashion…