TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Arts For the Schools is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization, funded entirely through grants, individual and corporate donations, and proceeds from our performances.
The volunteer board members, along with one staff person, plan the programs, book the artists and performers, manage the budget and finances, solicit grants and other funding programs, and handle the many other tasks it takes to keep the Arts for the Schools programs interesting and fun for both children and the community.
The performances in local schools and the OnStage public performances also count on volunteer helpers to keep things running smoothly.
This month Ann Nguyen was welcomed as the newest board member of Arts For the Schools.
Ann and her husband, Jude Goodpaster, moved to Truckee in 1989 when their first child was 3-years-old. He is now 26. Along with another son, and a daughter, the children attended Truckee schools and were enthusiastic participants in Arts For the Schools programs.
Ann, who holds a degree in biochemistry, was unsure at first about moving to the mountains, but was urged to give it a try. She transitioned to a career in real estate and soon realized raising kids here is fabulous.
When asked what involvement her kids had with Arts For the Schools Nguyen replied they all have painted eggs from Cathee van Rossem St. Clair’s program. Over the years all three children enjoyed taking part in the summer art camp event that was put on by Terry Yagura, founder of AFtS, and they treasure the projects that introduced them to art.
What did the kids like best?
According to Nguyen they loved all aspects of being involved in art, especially the hands on projects when they were younger. As they grew older they appreciated the performing artists. They were especially interested to meet with artists and performers during the more intimate school performances and workshops. She recalls her youngest being so excited to do a back flip on stage at a school performance.
What did Nguyen like the best?
From many years ago, she remembers a flamenco dancer who was fabulous. Alpin Hong is another performer whose great work comes to mind as a favorite. “His music was classical, and he was able to engage the children with his remarkable piano performance,” she said. Cedric Watson is another favorite.
Nguyen like to see in the future for Arts For the Schools?
“A continued focus on diversity in performers and music, bringing the many cultures of the world to the Truckee/North Tahoe area.” She would also like to see more public awareness of the OnStage performances.
So Ann Nguyen is not new to the world of AFtS. In addition to her children’s involvement over the years in AFtS programs, to attending many OnStage public performances, her family has also graciously opened their home to host artist receptions. As well, sister Mai Nguyen pitched in to help with refreshments at the artist receptions.
Arts For the Schools provides high quality arts learning in our schools, and presents world-class musicians, dancers and other live performances for the community at large. AFtS uses the power of art to promote artistic expression, increase understanding of other cultures and foster a lifelong appreciation of the creative arts for children and families in our community.
For more information about attending a public performance by world-class performing artists or to know more about Arts For the Schools programs, visit www.artsfortheschools.org.
Paula Rachuy is a member of the Arts For the Schools Board of Trustees.
“We live in the best place, but it is far from many cultures. Arts For the Schools brings more awareness of diverse cultures and needs to continue to grow.
Ann Nguyen, AFtS board member