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Kayenta Arts Academy (KAA) Life Skills Through Arts Skills

Kayenta Arts Academy (KAA) provides performing arts training for youth ages 9-17 throughout the Southern Utah region. The Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) provided a very successful youth summer program in June and July of 2020. In June 2021 KAA again will launch a comprehensive arts program of classes, workshops, and performance opportunities.

KAA teaches young people life skills through participation in a variety of art forms, culminating in a musical theater production with professional directors and actors. Workshop classes in music, acting, script analysis, improvisation, musical theater, with a touch of visual art keep students busy from 9am-3pm daily. Students will work together in rehearsals and classes to prepare for the selected musical this summer, Xanadu Jr.Though participation in the musical is not required, it is a key confidence building component to“showcase and shine”in front of an audience, which solidifies the life skills and theater expertise learned at KAA.

The Academy fosters a positive atmosphere, building community,not competition, where young people can trust themselves and others, develop positive self-esteem and overcome the fear of failure in a completely supportive environment. The Academy is completely unique in Southern Utah in its ability to greatly improve the quality of life of young people and families through participation in performing and visual arts.

Improved self-confidence and emotional intelligence, communication and public speaking, creativity and problem solving, cooperation and team building are all absorbed through arts instruction in rotating classes throughout the day.Studying unusual instruments and creating music through the Karl Orff “Schulwerk” approach as well as learning to sing solo and in groups builds constructive curiosity, responsibility and commitment. Creative dance and various art projects are gateways to self-acceptance,appreciation and respect for the uniqueness they see in themselves and others. Visit: for more information.

The Academy’s primary objective is to help student sover come fears, take responsible risks, and become community leaders

Event Details

*Regarding COVID-19, KAF strictly follows all CDC and local guidelines. All classes will be limited to 15 students each.

We recognize the financial strain families in our community face, while still wanting to have top-quality experiences for their children. We are more than happy to arrange customizable tuition payment schedules for families, regardless of income level or number of children enrolled. No child is turned away because of financial need. Scholarships, partial and full tuition are available. For information contact: Anna Charnock, General Manager, 435-674-2787,

About Kayenta Arts Foundation and Center For the Arts at Kayenta
Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. Our vision is for the Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) to become a premier venue for awareness, appreciation, education, and enjoyment of theatrical endeavors and festivals. The intimate Lorraine Boccardo Black Box Theater enables our community to come together to learn, express, and celebrate art in a variety of forms.

Kayenta Arts Foundation is supported in part by funding from Washington County and Ivins City RAP funds. Kayenta Arts Foundation is also supported in part by Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the NationalEndowment for the Arts.

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Safety Requirements as of January 15, 2022

Until further notice proper MASKS will be required at all times when inside the Center for the Arts building.

Also required, is proof of a NEGATIVE COVID TEST within 72 hours upon entrance, OR proof of full VACCINATION.

We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all guests, artists, volunteers, staff and the greater public to enjoy outstanding arts and entertainment!

See you at the theater! Jan Broberg

Thank you for your consideration in order to keep our staff, performers and patrons safe.