Brian D. Cohen Chosen to Lead Idyllwild Arts Foundation

Brian Cohen, Idyllwild Arts AcademyConcluding an international search for a leader to replace 25 year outgoing president William M. Lowman, the Idyllwild Arts Foundation Board of Governors selected Brian Cohen to be the foundation’s new president.

Artistically, Cohen is a printmaker who embodies a rare combination of practical educational and artistic experiences. He is the founder and owner of Bridge Press, a publisher of limited edition prints and he is the founding artistic director of the non-profit cooperative Two Rivers Printmaking Studio.

He comes to Idyllwild Arts Academy from The Putney School where he currently serves as the dean of faculty.

His other Putney roles over the years included arts department chair and founding director of the Putney School Summer Program.

Cohen shares in his arts education statement:

“Arts education is primarily about guiding, ordering and encouraging the impulse to create. This drive is a powerful imperative, particularly in adolescence, when the joy, self-awareness and instinct of making art, and student’s emotional lives, are especially vivid. The arts offer the discipline, extension of skills and ideas and ultimately self- confidence of visible, shared achievement. The educational model of learning by doing is nowhere better exemplified than in arts education.”

Cohen earned his MFA in Painting from the University of Washington and his BA from Haverford College.

Photo credit: IAA

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  • Cat West

    Our daughter was accepted into Idyllwild Arts Academy and granted a partial scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. Can you tell me the best way to find the additional funding needed for her to attend? Although we have a very talented dancer, we do not have the necessary tuition for her to even make the deposit due later this month. An impossibility for us to pay even a fraction of the fees. This is her dream and I want to try to do whatever possible to make that dream come true. Any suggestions?

    • First off, congratulations on the acceptance. IAA’s a topnotch school and being admitted is a terrific honor and speaks to your daughter’s abilities.

      With respect to additional funding, your first order of business should be to talk with the admission/financial aid office at the school. Open a dialogue by explaining your situation. Ask about additional aid and financing options.

      You may also explore the lending options. Begin by looking at Sallie Mae,, and Your Tuition Solution,

      Each makes different types of private school loans.

      These are only our starting suggestions. Ask questions and explore the advice of the experts and resources above.

      Best of luck!

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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