Dell’Arte came to the recent conclusion that we can no longer afford to offer the Summer Youth Academy. This program, while certainly valuable for the youth of area, is something our organization can no longer sustain given our current budget situation in this national economic downturn.
This is not to say that we have ceased all work with the youth in our community. In March, the Blue Lake School’s 8th Grade class and the kindergarten class will perform in our Carlo Theatre for their school, parents and community. This is part of the Dell’Arte Youth Academy program at Blue Lake School, which has a 25-year history.
This work, while not necessarily high profile, is some of the most essential work we do in this community. And the “ensemble” that is created amongst student is inspiring to see. These productions receive full technical support and are created by the students, giving them a voice in what they put on stage. In these tough economic times, this is a tangible example of some great work that serves a greater community. And it reflects Dell'Arte's ongoing commitment to the community of Blue Lake as we subsidize this program because we believe it is a priority.
We will also continue to serve local youth through a variety of other programs. Our Community-Based Arts Projects just worked with the Raven Project, as well as completed a piece on bullying with the Spare Change Youth Theatre Company, which was performed at the Arcata Playhouse. Dell’Arte’s Rural Residency Program serves children and families in two rural communities each year, and we will be in residence soon in both Klamath and Clear Lake. This year will mark the 32st anniversary of our Annual Holiday Show Tour, which plays for free for children and families during the holiday season all over the North Coast.
We thank you again for your steadfast support of the Dell’Arte Summer Youth Academy. It was a difficult decision to retire this program for the time being, but one that was absolutely necessary for the fiscal health of our organization.