Young Audiences of Northeast Texas
Established in 1997, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas (YANET) has provided Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aligned performances, workshops, residencies, and teacher professional development in all arts disciplines to as many as 50,000 students and 950 teachers in over 100 schools annually.
YANET creates customized arts integration residencies that are designed to use the arts to illuminate and deepen the impact of curriculum. Each program is developed by experienced YANET teaching artists in collaboration with classroom teachers. YANET has several signature programs designed to meet specific needs. Creating Balance through Dance is a year-long dance residency focused on the critical adolescent years and is designed to teach the art of dance while promoting creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness, communication, and learning across all subjects. The Northeast Texas Poetry in Schools Contest provides students in grades 1-12 the opportunity to submit original poems to be judged by local poets and writers. Winners in each grade level are published in an anthology and present their poems at the annual Awards Ceremony. The Arts in Education Awards is an annual recognition of local fine arts teachers. Honorees are recognized for arts teaching excellence at a ceremony where they receive cash awards and programming grants.
In 2010 YANET and their partner, Tyler Independent School District, were accepted into the Partners in Education Program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This program supports partnerships between arts organizations and school districts to build arts integration teaching strategies. Arts integration strategies bring the arts directly into the classroom as a catalyst for learning and understanding in all subjects. YANET is working with several campuses to implement school-wide arts integrated teaching strategies.