Kids (and adults) Art Studies Academy
Located on the Historic Dome Campus at the site of the former Sonora Parent Nursery School, KASA was opened in October of 2012. With our main mission of arts education in mind, we serve residents and students of all ages in the exploration into skills-based, multi-disciplined art experiences.
The Sonora High School District under the leadership of Superintendent, Dr. Michael McCoy made an agreement with Executive Director, Connie O’Connor to occupy the building at the amazing “gift” of a annual lease of $1.00 per year. The “Tuolumne Arts Academy at KASA” was established on California Arts Day, October 6, 2012 and a Youth Arts Fair was held on the grounds and hands on art projects at KASA during the day.
Several programs have been established under the auspices of KASA– KASA ARTS KAMPS were fashioned after TCAA’s very popular summer arts camp in Columbia, administered by arts educator Betsy Spring. KASA KAMPS are currently administered by arts educator Sarah Anne Graham. These are programs that feature an arts immersion experience over a period of five days. Entertaining and educational, for children 7 to 12, students meet and work with outstanding, professional artists and educators with opportunities in dance, music, theater, visual and culinary arts. The three KASA KAMPS begin with a Spring Break KAMP, and two others in mid-summer with the same format.
In 2014, another exciting addition to KASA was the addition of the KASA DANCE STUDIO, located in the same building that houses the visual arts classroom. This was made possible by a major gift by Arts Alliance supporter, Sandy Richardson through her established “Acorns to Oaks Fund” at the Sonora Area Foundation. SAF matched her gift and with a generous gift from Sonora Regional Medical Center the floor then became a reality. The state of the art “floating floor” was built by local contractor and Arts Alliance supporter Scott A’dair of A’dair to Build. Scott’s wife Michelle A’dair continues to build the dance and fitness program for all ages.