Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia
The largest interactive arts-in-education organization in Virginia, providing nearly 1,600 hours of programming to serve more the 64,000 children, parents and educators in 43 school districts Young Audiences of Virginia first brought arts-in-education programs to Virginia in 1955. Starting out with a single string ensemble and a handful of volunteers, over 55 years later the organization has grown to one with more than 190 professional artists in a number of artistic disciplines. Now the largest interactive arts-in-education organization in Virginia, YAV is committed to expanding and partnering with schools systems and universities to provide quality arts integration.
With arts-in-education performances and workshops, outcome based arts after school residency programs, early childhood programs, and arts for learning literacy programs, YAV executed nearly 1,600 hours of programming and served 64,500 children and educators in 43 school districts last year.
BETWEEN THE LIONS®, the Emmy award-winning PBS children’s television series, and the most widely used program in American elementary schools, served as the inspiration for a series of Reading Readiness Residencies that YAV offers schools. This early child programming uses arts-based activities and incorporates brief segments of BETWEEN THE LIONS® episodes into the curriculum.
In 2008, Young Audiences of Virginia received the Batten Endowment Challenge from the Norfolk Foundation. This $1,000,000 endowment grant is accompanied by a $500,000 matching endowment grant. In addition, YAV received the Safe Harbor Award for impacting the lives of children in Hampton Roads.