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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…