Hoopa Valley Elementary School eighth graders create a collaborative art installation at Loyola Marymount University with local middle school students.
Klamath-Trinity Unified School District
Hoopa Valley Elementary is located on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in Humboldt County. Traditional Hupa language instruction is offered to students at every grade level and the school has an in-house Indian Education Center. Since becoming a Turnaround Arts: California partner school in 2014, Hoopa Valley has offered visual art and music classes and started a drama club. Teachers have participated in professional development focused on arts integration strategies. The school has developed partnerships with Missoula Children’s Theatre, Eureka Symphony, Paleotechnics, Nor Cal Native Art, and Dell Arte Theater. Local artist Carl Avery collaborated with students to create on-site murals celebrating Native culture. Students performed Rapunzel, held a Christmas concert, and exhibited their visual artwork at Umqua Bank in Willow Creek. As part of the Turnaround Arts: California Regional Coach Program, the school receives ongoing, in-person coaching in arts integration strategies and strategic arts planning from North Coast Arts Intregration Project. Turnaround Artist Frank Gehry has led workshops for students, met with tribal members at a sacred 10,000 year old village site, hosted the graduating eighth grade class at Gehry Partners in Los Angeles, and walked students through a private tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall, which he designed.