West Valley Arts’ summer art program for students, Gallery 37, has gone virtual for the first time in 20 years of the program.

Each summer, West Valley Arts recruits high school students to work with a professional artist and a West Valley city to create a beautiful piece of public art. In partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, students receive free college credits and career counseling.

The mission of this program is to foster creative collaboration while providing vital job skills to further students’ interest in arts education.

Rather than canceling this program during coronavirus precautions, West Valley Arts has decided that a virtual learning platform would inspire creativity and unique opportunities while still maintaining the students’ safety. Students are able to video chat, share ideas, and work in groups via an online EMCC student portal. Additionally, they will be able to share in collaborative hands-on work through a system of pick up and drop offs.

This year’s project will be installed in Festival Fields Park, 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road, Avondale. The design process from concept to art installation is all student-led with the guidance of professional artist, Ryan Williams, and key stakeholders.

To stay connected with the Gallery 37 project follow the West Valley Arts’ Facebook page @westvalleyarts, Instagram @westvalley_arts and Twitter @westvalleyarts. Sign up for the newsletter at westvalleyarts.org.

West Valley Arts Council’s mission is to enrich the West Valley by growing a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community. 

West Valley Arts is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 102, Surprise.

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