by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
This May, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will be hosting two Showcases for Young Artists. The culmination of this season of art classes on the Oak Tree Campus is an event worthy of celebration. It’s been a long time coming and we have many people to thank for giving our community’s children the opportunity to develop their skills and expand their horizons. We are grateful to the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, and Twin Ridges Elementary School District for their enduring support. We are also grateful to our talented teaching artists, Richard Stone, Tara McArthur, Jenny Travers, and Mariana Worden for patiently sharing their skills and passions with our youth. We are very grateful to the families of the San Juan Ridge for entrusting their children to us. Most of all, we are thankful that our young artists have elected to spend their precious time here.
Every Thursday afternoon the Oak Tree Campus is filled with eager young violinists, dancers, weavers, and painters who are here to have fun and to work. Sharing in a young artist’s evolution as he or she plays a note, learns a step, or completes a textile project is a joyful process. We look forward to sharing that joy with the young artists, their families, and friends as we gather in the Oak Tree Lodge to bask in the glow of our students’ success. Rather than imagining that the arts are merely icing on the cake of life, we understand that the arts are an essential ingredient in the cake itself; and we are enjoying a great big slice!