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Be part of Student Directed Opportunities!

The Amador County Arts Council is dedicated to our mission to encourage, support, and promote arts + culture in our schools and community. This includes engaging local youth throughout their education. 

Student Directors are rural youth preparing to enter the creative workforce who want volunteer leadership experience in the arts + cultural non-profit sector. These students and their peers join Amador County Arts Council on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 PM for Student Directed Opportunities (AKA “STUDIO”), where rural youth have a blast with free act activities while also playing a vital role in developing, contributing, and leading our strategic evolution.

Who: Students age 15 to 17 (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis) working with support from Amador Arts staff and volunteers.

What: STUDIO, which is short for “Student-Directed Opportunities”, is a free space with free art supplies for youth to have individualized support for their self-directed creative goals and volunteerism in arts + culture.

Where: The Amador County Arts Council, 110 Broad Street (inside the Historic Grammar School with access via Randolph Street to Fullen Street) in downtown Sutter Creek.

When: Tuesdays from 3 to 5 PM.

How: Please read, complete, sign, and return this STUDIO Registration Form to Amador Arts staff. Once received, staff will reach out to confirm participation. Contact Amador Arts via text/call at (209)256-8166 or by email to

All participants are expected to comply with our Community Agreements:

  • Clean up
  • Help others
  • Be kind
  • Collaborate

Student Director Program

Students who wish to participate as a Student Director gain a valuable glimpse into the arts + cultural industry along with numerous benefits including:

  • Community Service Hours for Graduation Requirements

  • VIP invitations to exclusive events and professional development

  • Recommendation letters from Amador Arts leaders

  • Future job opportunities

  • Looks great on your resume!

  • Rad sweatshirts, stickers, water bottle


To apply to the Student Director program, please submit the following:

  • A letter of intent describing your interests and aspirations
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, administrator, school counselor, or coach
  • A parent/guardian letter granting permission to serve as an Amador Arts Student Director.

Application materials may be emailed to Physical applications may be mailed to PO Box 206, Sutter Creek CA 95685. Contact us if you have any questions at (209) 256-8166.

Roles and Responsibilities of Student Directors:

  • Collaborate with Amador Arts staff/volunteers to develop an individualized Goal Map and execute personal creative goals. Required monthly progress check-in(1-3 hrs/month, depending on Goal Map).
  • Engage in Student-Directed Arts Advocacy with support from staff/volunteers.
  • Outreach to & engage with the Amador youth.
  • Attend and volunteer at arts + cultural events.

Current Student Directors

Student Director Annabel White

Amador Arts Student Director Annabel White

Annabel is a Senior at Argonaut High School. Annabel is planning to attend college and work in the art industry in the future. Annable primarily focuses on digital illustrations and creative writing.

This year Annabel was accepted into the prestigious Student Voices Leadership 2023 and is preparing her own original short animation for the Student Voice Campaign competition. She is an excellent storyteller loves character design, and is on the path to helping other students to engage with arts and cultural activities in their communities.

Student Director Alec Lashbrook

Amador County Arts Council Student Director Alec

Student Director Alec Lashbrook

More info soon 😀

Student Director Angela Johnston

Amador County Student Director Angela Johnston

Amador County Student Director Angela Johnston

More info soon 😀

Past Student Director Quotes

Gaby Flores: “The meetings may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but that environment can help a lot if you intend to pursue a career in any kind of art. It prepared me for coordinating group projects in university and generally eased my anxiety about interacting with people outside of my age group as a whole”

Deja Dougals: “Being a Student Director is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in your community, meet and receive mentoring from creative individuals, and develop your skills as an artist and creator!”


Past Student Directors

Student Director Lee Thibodeaux

Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who loves visual arts, reclaimed fashion, creative writing, and music. They are currently attending Columbia Community College and is interested in pursuing a double major in environmental sciences and studio art.

Lee won Best of Show at the 2022 Student Arts Showcase and is a graduate of Amador High School. Lee is working as Amador Arts Administrative Assistant!

Student Director London Earnest

London loves traveling and the outdoors and has a passion for Interior Design. She graduated from Amador High in 2023 and is currently attending Weber State University in Ogden Utah to pursue a BA in Interior Design.

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