Young Audiences of Southwest Florida
Young Audiences of Southwest Florida (YASWFL) is a new affiliate that was developed in partnership with arts in education advocates and community leaders in Naples, Florida. Arts advocate and longtime Young Audiences Arts for Learning supporter, Mary-Vance Duggan saw the need for arts integrated teaching in the at-risk communities surrounding Naples. YASWFL received its 501(c)3 nonprofit status, established a dedicated board of directors and is developing a roster of teaching artists.
YASWFL has already piloted its first project, an arts integrated theatre program at East Naples Middle School that reached more than 130 students. The pilot program allowed middle school students to use storytelling and literacy skills to write, stage and present a play. The YASWFL staff are working to develop the theatre curriculum into an afterschool program as well as expand their arts integrated programing.
The YASWFLA pilot program was featured in a recent article in Naples Daily News, click here to see a video interview about the program.