Pam Goldwasser

Our Vice-President Pamela Goldwasser passed away on April 25, 2017. Pam was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 5, 1956 and the world was never the same. As a child, she made life long friends, as an adult, everyone she met became a friend. Pam’s passions were many including Temple Har Shalom in Idyllwild and the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation. She joined the Associates in April 2011 and served as Vice-President under both Anne Erikson and Michael Slocum. As an Associate, Pam’s passion was Jazz in the Pines; she was active in planning the Patron’s Dinner until days before she passed away. Her attention to detail will never be forgotten.

Pam and her husband Tim Wurtz were part of the community of Idyllwild. She will be missed by so many on and off the hill.


The ASSOCIATES of IAF present our annual APPRECIATION NIGHT. It is our time to thank the people at Idyllwild Arts for their hard work and dedication.  This event is open to all current Associates and the faculty, leadership, administration, and invited guests of the Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program.  Not a member but would like to attend?   Join by following the MEMBERSHIP tab above.

MAGICIAN DEAN APPLE – tickets now on sale

The Associates present a very special fundraiser, an evening with Magician Dean Apple.  Hailed as “Palm Springs Premier International Man of Magic,” Dean Apple is equally comfortable performing close-up magic for an intimate gathering or on stage for performing comedy magic for 1000.

Featuring his awarding winning illusion “The Time Machine,” which is currently in auditions for America’s Got Talent, he also has an award-winning assistant in his wife, Debbie Apple, aka Pinky.   He has performed at celebrity events featuring stars as diverse as Magic Johnson, Jay Leno, Congressman Raul Ruiz, and RG III and has appeared on TV’s Criminal Minds, Turning Point, and CBS News.

Dean started performing magic at the age of seven, for family and neighborhood kids.  His passion today remains the same: to entertain audiences, altering reality one trick at a time, by making each moment magical! He resides in La Quinta, CA with his wife Debbie, their yellow lab Bailey, and of course, Tickles the bunny.

The Associates present this family friendly fundraiser on Saturday January 28, 2017 at 7 PM in the IAF Theater (Bowman Hall) on the Idyllwild Arts Campus.  Tickets are reasonably priced at $20 per adult and $5 for students/children under 18 years of age.  Tickets are available here or by mailing a check to:

The Associates of IAF/Magic, PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549.   Please indicate names of all guests.


PURCHASE TICKETS HERE by clicking this link:


Become a sponsor of this exciting event. See our sponsorship levels below.  Contact or mail check to the Associates, PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549 – Marked Sponsorship.

$500 Abracadabra Level:  8 reserved seats at front of house, recognition in event’s program, recognition from stage, personal introduction to Dean Apple.

$250 Hocus Pocus Level:  6 reserved seats at front of house, recognition in event’s program, personal introduction to Dean Apple.

$100 Voila Level:  2 reserved seats at front of house, recognition in event’s program.

$50 Presto Level: Recognition in event’s program



Proceeds from this event, as with all Associate produced events, support the Scholarship Fund of Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.





2016 Holiday Brunch & Celebration

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the ASSOCIATES present  




Join us for food, drink, entertainment, our holiday gift basket raffle, and meeting friends new and old.   This event is free for all current ASSOCIATES and their invited guests.  If you would like to attend, please let us know at   Bring nothing but your friends and family; be ready to purchase tickets for our custom gift baskets.  Proceeds from the raffle will be added to our gift to the Idyllwild Arts Scholarship Fund.

Our monthly general meeting will begin at 10 AM on Saturday December 10 in the Fireside Room.

Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor for this event:


ellen-rosa-taylorJoin us for a  very special Associates Meeting on Monday November 14, 2016.    We begin the second phase of our “Meet the Leaders” series with “Spotlight on the Educators.”  The first speaker of this series is Ellen Rosa Taylor, Chair of the Idyllwild Arts Dance Department.  The month of November is quite busy for Ellen with the Fall Dance Concerts and the Bella Lewitzky 100th Birthday Anniversary Celebration.  Ellen will speak at 10:00 AM on Monday November 14 in the Fireside Room.


Ian Schoenleber, Director of Development, will talk to the Associates about  2016 Jazz in tne Pines.   Ian will bring more than numbers and share the importance Jazz in the Pines has to our community, our volunteers, Idyllwild Arts, and our development office.  Ian will speak at 10:30 AM on Monday November 14 in the Fireside Room.

Join the Associates on Monday November 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Fireside Room in the Nelson Dining Hall on the IAA campus for an exceptional and informative meeting. All are welcome.  This is an ideal to bring a potential new member or simply one who is curious about the Associates.



art-walk-1Be part of the fun and excitement on Saturday October 8 when the Associates join the Art Alliance of Idyllwild and present the 19th Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting .   Visit the numerous artist hot spots along the streets of Idyllwild beginning at 10 AM and shop our many artists showcasing their work.   From 2 to 5PM, enjoy the tastings offered by 18 Southern California wineries.  The Art Walk is free and the Wine Tasting is a ticketed event.

Idyllwild Arts shuttles will be available for those needing an extra lift.

Tickets are $40 each and available online at until 10 PM Wednesday October 5.   Any remaining tickets will be sold at the event registration site on Saturday October 8 at $50 per person.   This event is always a sell out so do not be disappointed and order now.

On Saturday October 8, follow the crowds to the center of Idyllwild to pick up your wrist bands, wine glass, and gift bag.

This event is a fundraiser for the artists of Idyllwild and the students scholarship programs of the Idyllwild Arts Academy.  For more details please visit


ZIP LINE ADVENTURE – a fundraiser


Our annual fun filled afternoon at Astro Camp!   Join the Associates for this afternoon of zip lining at Astro Camp.   Tickets are $30 per person and each ticket holder is entitled to two rides.  This event, like all Associate events, is a fundraiser for the Scholarship Programs of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.

This year we have just 20 spots so order fast!   It has always sold out but this year with limited availability, it is a guaranteed early sell out.  To reserve your spot:

Please mail a check payable to the Associates of IAF

PO Box 303

Idyllwild, CA 92549

Please mark check “Zip Line.”   Each order MUST include full names of those attending, email or mailing address, and telephone numbers.   An Astro Camp agreement will be sent to all prior to October 1, 2016.


Restrictions Apply:   Must be 7 years  of age or older.  Must weigh less than 250 pounds. Able to walk 1/2 mile and climb a cargo net.  No broken bones, no heart or back issues.  Not pregnant.  All gear and training provided by Astro Camp.

For more information, please email


A Very Special Associates Meeting

Be sure to join us for our next Associates General Meeting on Monday August 8.   Meet three members of Idyllwild Arts Leadership Team who are also leaders in our community.


TARA SECHREST:  Director of Enrollment Management

Tara will talk about the “Challenges of our Current World:  Local and International.”



Marianne and Don will tell us about their Karimu International Help Foundation, their efforts in Tanzania, how the students of Idyllwild Arts support the project, and how you may be able to help.

It will be an exceptional morning; be sure to attend and please invite your friends to join us August 8.

Monday August 8, 2016:   10:00 AM – NOON

Krone Library – Idyllwild Arts Campus



Pool 2Summer in Idyllwild, an ideal type to swim!    The community pool on the Idyllwild Arts campus is now open to authorized users.  The pool is open seven days a week with enhanced safety with active lifeguards on duty.  Who may use the Idyllwild Arts Pool?   All current Associates!   IAF staff and faculty, and Summer Program attendees while their program is in session.

Not an Associate yet?  The Associates of Idyllwild Arts’ mission is to support the students of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.   One great benefit of being an Associate is use of this beautiful pool.  If you are interested in becoming a member, click the membership tab above.  Individual memberships start at $100 and Family memberships begin at just $200 per year.  Enjoy the pool while supporting the arts students of Idyllwild Arts.

Here are the pool hours:  As said above, there is now a minimum of one active lifeguard on duty at all times and many times up to three.  Access keys are no longer needed.  While swimming in a group of three is no longer needed, try to swim with a buddy.


Pool open:   8:00 AM — 11:30 AM

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

lap swimming:  5:00 PM – 6:00 PM



The Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation announce Membership Appreciation Month.  We thank members, old and new, for supporting the Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation.  Membership has many benefits but the most important benefit is supporting the students of Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.  Since 1968, the Associates have donated  financial support to the Scholarship Programs of Idyllwild Arts.  Our gifts do make a difference to the future leaders of our community, country, and world.

The Associates offer many levels of membership which can be viewed by clicking the Membership Tab above.  The benefits vary by level and may include recognition of your business, special VIP tickets to Jazz in the Pines, invitation to special Associate events, and so many other benefits.   All membership levels do include use of the Idyllwild Arts pool, special discounts at Idyllwild Arts stores, and invitations to our annual dinner and meetings as well as making new friends.  But remember, the Associates are 100% volunteer supported and your membership becomes part of our annual gift to Idyllwild Arts; your membership does matter to an aspiring artist.

Not a member yet?  Click on the Membership Tab above and join our community of friends and supporters instantly.  Be invited to our special events and activities throughout the year.

Currently a member?  We thank you for your continued support.   You help the Associates make it happen.  It might the ideal time to think about upgrading your membership by clicking the Membership above.

The Associates thank each and every member, new and old.   Please feel free to contact us with any further questions at