Arts For the Schools | Seek, enjoy and create art in Truckee Tahoe |

Arts For the Schools | Seek, enjoy and create art in Truckee Tahoe

Nothing is sweeter than a summer full of art for the senses and the soul.
Courtesy Paula Rachuy |

Mmmmm, summer in the mountains.

It’s here — are you making art? There is so much going on in our area, art is all around us. You know art helps kids learn, helps kids think in creative ways and helps kids become important members of society. Art works for adults too!

You know art helps communities thrive and become more vibrant. You know you want to get out there and make art this summer. Here’s a list of ideas to get you going, all found just by cruising last Friday’s Sierra Sun newspaper.

Shakespeare at Sand Harbor

Truckee Wednesday night Music in the Park

Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

Wanderlust Yoga and Music festival

InnerRhythms’ “Windows of the Soul” Gala concert

The 2014 ARTour – a tour of artist’s studios in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas.


Any day of the week you will find live music all over the Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline Village areas, some free and some for a fee. Search event calendars to find classes for kids and adults in a wide range of musical and performing arts.

Have you noticed the wonderful mosaic fish in Kings Beach?

It is part of the exciting new Tahoe Public Arts Program, a collaboration to establish public art across the North Shore. Can you just imagine what a project like that can bring to our community?

Check out the Sierra Snapshots page in the Sun, featuring photos of the area taken by readers. The July 11 offerings were spectacular.

When you drive through this area, art is everywhere.

In the wind-worn rocks, the blue water, the cloud formations, the mountain peaks. Get closer to this natural art by hiking and see amazing designs in leaves, animal tracks, fish scales, feathers and pine cones.

We truly live in an inspiring part of the world.

Listen to the music of the wind sighing through the trees and the thump when a pine cone hits the ground, the chirp of the squirrel and the song of the birds. A summer concert just for you.

In Reno, Nev., Artown is happening right now. This month-long art festival with more than 500 multi-disciplinary events will include musical and theatrical performances, interactive presentations, workshops, clinics, art exhibits, children’s events and more. Most events are free or low cost and will continue through the end of July.

Don’t forget your local farmers market. Wait, what? Farmers market as art?

Why yes: a pile of tomatoes, colorful flowers waving in the breeze, rows of berry baskets, a mound of potatoes.

Stroll through a farmers market and see the colors of the rainbow — the lines, shapes and forms of designs in nature. The artful displays call to you, the farmers have made art for you to enjoy by sight, smell, feel, sound and taste.

While you are out and about sampling the local art, music and performance scene, Arts For the Schools is working hard to prepare for the 2014-2015 season.

Our Artists in Residence are prepping for another school year to give area third, fourth and fifth-graders exposure to art and to help them make their own art.

AFtS staff is working on the schedule to bring world-renowned musical and performing artists to visit area schools to teach and perform. The schedule for public shows will be posted soon on the Arts For the Schools website.

Whether appreciating a musical or dance performance, or taking a class or a hike or going to a farmers market, make sure you include more art in your life this summer.

For more information on Arts For the Schools programs or make a donation visit

Paula Rachuy is a member of the Arts For the Schools Board of Trustees.

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