Lifelong Arts Learning

Amador County Arts Council provides FREE ARTS ED* for all ages.
The arts help people succeed in all seasons of life by engaging interest, stimulating creativity, improving critical thinking, encouraging collaboration, and building self-esteem.

Amador County Arts Council is committed to equitable arts education for all K-12 students.
Our classes are free to students, schools, teachers, families, and community members.

Amador County Arts Council works with the Amador Alliance for Arts Education to help the school district develop arts education funding, planning, integration, training, and policies.


Mural Arts* – Learn the ELEMENTS OF ART* while beautifying Amador. Remain safe – yet connected – to our fantastic community! With Volunteer Leads Molly Allen & Rand Hugget, in collaboration with Program Coordinator Alyssa Vargas, this standard-based curriculum is available to EVERYONE can learn visual art, even during COVID-19. SPONSORS NEEDED. To sponsor a mural, donate mural space, and get started painting: contact Alyssa Vargas at 209-256-8166 or


Poetry Out Loud* – Fierce fun with words! Everybody can participate in Poetry Out Loud. And it’s fun for the whole family! This standard-based curriculum begins with the exploration of words & rhythms, then advances to school and countywide competitions. The County Competition will be on January 31, 2021 inside the historic Sutter Creek Theatre. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded to the following divisions: K-4 grades, 5-8 grades, 9-12 grades, and adult. The High School Champion will receive a cash prize and advance to the statewide competition. Contact Alyssa Vargas for more information: or 209-256-8166.


Student Art Show* – AmadorArts announces a new Student Art Show and COMPETITION! Featuring original artwork by local art students K-12 along with college students. This show is open to all youth artists living in the Central Sierra Foothill region, up to age 26. All modalities are welcome, including: visual, theatre, dance, music, literary, industrial, and media arts. Awards for “Best of Show” in the following categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, Music, Dance, Theatre, Media, & Young Adult. The exhibit will be on display at the AmadorArts inside the Senior Center and online. Submit Art for exhibition and/or competition by contacting (Image: Hannah Flock – I Need Coffee)


Open Mic Nights* – Join Amadorians from all over the world in this virtual Open Mic on the first Thursday of the month from 6-7pm on the ZOOM platform. Register in advance HERE. 5 minutes spots, round-robin format (so ya might get to share more than once), and radio-clean material only. Priority will be given to performers from the Northern Californian Central Sierra Region especially including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties. We welcome all types of performing and sharing including (but not limited to): dance, theatre, literary, media, music, industrial, culinary, and visual arts! For information contact


Amador Alliance for Arts Education – This group has been recognized as an official “Arts Now Hero”. Be a part of local students and citizens who advocate for arts education and help the school district with planning, policy, funding and professional development. Our work helps ensure that all students K-12 receive equitable, standard-based, rigorous, and sequential arts education. In image at left: District Board of Trustees adopted the Declaration for Equity in Arts Learning following student presentation in January 2018.For information contact


Watercolor5Fine Artists in the Classroom* – Each year AmadorArts brings in-depth, standards-based curriculum taught by local, Fine Artists to all elementary classrooms. The program includes education in the Color Wheel, Lines & Shape, Collage & Layering, Watercolor Technique, Pastel, Ancient Chinese Art, and more! Contact Meghan O’Keefe for current classes at


CampCommunity Arts Education – AmadorArts coordinates art classes, such as doodle art, watercolor, music, theatre, costuming, and more, at the ARC of Amador, which serves adults with disabilities, the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp, a state correctional facility, local Senior Housing facilities, and more! This program is currently ONLINE due to COVID-19. Visit the “At Home Art!” page HERE to take virtual arts classes all for FREE. Contact Alyssa Vargas at for more info.


Theatre Arts* – In the 2020-2021 school year, AmadorArts is honored to bring playwright and theatre artist, Sibyl O’Malley into Amador classrooms. Courses are standard-based, sequential and FREE. Currently available for 6-8th graders. Contact Alyssa Vargas to get Sibyl O’Malley in your virtual classroom.


Scholarships – Local, graduating seniors who are pursuing the arts in college are eligible to apply each year. Contact your school administrator for information. For information, contact: Meghan O’Keefe at



Student Voices Campaign – An annual statewide creative video competition for grades 7-12 to make their voices heard! AmadorArts offers guidance workshops and help in the creating/editing of video and sound. No camera? We will find one for you! Go to the Student Voices Campaign website to learn about this program and contact for more information.


Amador Storytelling Guild – The Amador Storytelling Guild meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3-5pm in a Zoom Meeting. This event is to share written, story and poetry works in recitation. This group is facilitated by the previous Poet Laureate of Amador County, Kat Everitt. All ages are welcome! Visit the Amador Storytelling Guild webpage HERE.

*Standard-based curriculum

Watch “Oh How I’ll Change the World” by Tori Gehr on YouTube:

This activity is made possible in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Find out more at

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