The Northern Humboldt Union High School District is comprised of two four-year high schools, Arcata High and McKinleyville High; two small continuation high schools, Pacific Coast High and Tsurai High; one charter school, Six Rivers Charter High; one community day school, NH Community Day School; and one mental health high school program, Riverbend Education Program.
In celebration of the opening of the new Fine Arts Center at Arcata High School, The Northern Humboldt Union High School District (NHUHSD) held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 3, 2016. The event was extremely well attended and included refreshments, student led tours, art exhibitions, and concluded with the Spring Concert featuring performances by the Arcata High School Choir, Madrigal Choir, the ArMack Jazz Band, and ArMack Orchestra; all under the direction of music teacher, Cassandra Moulton.
The state of the art facility includes a 450 seat theater, three class rooms that accommodate dance, choir, drama and music, a black box theater, five soundproof practice rooms, a digital audio studio, visual arts exhibition spaces, two galleries, dining area, and commercial kitchen. NHUHSD gives a special thanks to Pierson Company and David Pierce Architect for their partnership and effort to make the dream of this facility a reality for our students and community! Superintendent, Chris Hartley expressed his gratitude for the passage of the Measure Q bond in 2010, “we are extremely fortunate to be part of a community that realizes the importance of providing NHUHSD with the opportunity to develop facilities that provide our teachers, students, and community with the absolute best learning environment possible.”
Photo: Student Talia Mueller and NHUHSD Board of Trustee President Colleen Toste cut the ribbon surrounded by staff, builders, and community members.
This fashion showcase is the culminating event for Arcata Arts Institute’s fashion design students. Original wearable designs are conceived of and constructed by AAI students. This year we have 11 designers, over 40 models models on the runway, and include everything from laser cut wings to stunning evening wear. Our designers are from all of our curricular strands, both visual and performing art. The
production itself is student run, including marketing (poster, program, ticket design, and press releases), sound, lighting, studio and event photography/video. Artist experts from our community are part of all aspects of the event to support for our students’ learning.
The show is at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, May 28th, doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are for sale at Hot Knots on the Arcata Plaza.
This event is a true metaphor for what AAI is, vibrant community partnerships, within a rigorous, advanced level arts program within Arcata High School, a rural, comprehensive public high school.
art works • art matters
Director, Arcata Arts Institute
Arcata High School
Students Welcome Community Backstage Regional Arts Center
Arcata, California – May 16, 2016 – The newest arts venue in Northern California will open all doors to the public at 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, with a ribbon cutting, tours and reception. The AHS Fine Arts Center, located on the Arcata High School campus, is a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts teaching and learning facility.
“It was pretty amazing to finally have a real theatre to perform in,” said Kahvi Zvaleko-Garrett, a Six Rivers Charter High School junior. “It was liberating to be able to move freely throughout the space, and feel expansive, without feeling cramped by other cast members or equipment.” Zvaleko-Garrett played the lead in the center’s inaugural musical Chicago. While the new facility was under construction, student arts groups had practiced anywhere they could find space — from the library to the wrestling room. Continue reading »