In The Spotlight

Valencia is known for awesome schools and remarkable students not only in K-12 but through college as well, and there’s a lot going on at California Institute of the Arts and College of the Canyons.


Two CalArtians are finalists for The Student Academy Awards in the animation category. We wish the best of luck to Valencia students Mathieu Libman and Aram Sarkisian at the awards ceremony on October 12! Plus, Los Angeles Magazine put CalArts in the spotlight again in an article recognizing outstanding women in the animation program. We can see why this predominantly female animation program was chosen to be featured for shattering gender norms in a male-driven industry.


CalArts is giving students another opportunity to learn about future pathways in performance and design. From October 5 7, they will be hosting the 11th annual Themed Entertainment Association SATE Conference. This three-day conference will explore the newest developments in entertainment with panels on storytelling, architecture and technology.


For a chance to admire artwork from former Valencia students, the College of the Canyons Art Gallery is currently showcasing the work of two Los Angeles-based artists Stephanie Deumer and Arden Surdam. The exhibition, titled  “Real Shadows for Mere Bodies,” is open to the public through Thursday, October 12.


Valencia is never short of opportunities to appreciate art. Head to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons for a night of arts and culture with Al Son De La Banda, a dance performance from the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. Enjoy regional dance artwork, storytelling and intricate costumes and props on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30. Tickets for local residents are only $15.


Valencia is proud of its amazing schools and students who are preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow.