Young Audiences of Western New York

The region’s leading arts education organization: 100 artists reaching 62,000 children in over 100 schools, after school, community, and cultural centers through 315 performances, 1,280 workshops, 50 residencies, and 14 year-long and summer partnerships.

Since its inception in 1962, Young Audiences WNY has provided arts enrichment programs to youth throughout eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming. Today, students explore arts in all mediums, including dance, theater, music, multi-media, and the literary and visual arts. Programs range from in-school and out of school workshops to long-term artist residencies, including public creative family programs and long-term initiatives for youth most at risk of educational and societal failure. Young Audiences is committed to making the arts a part of young people’s lives to enhance their development as creative and productive human beings. 


Young Audiences WNY is similarly committed to expanding the cultural range of artists on their roster, and the mediums in which they teach. Through Arts Partners for Learning, they are partnering with local cultural organizations and seeking new avenues in order to both broaden their reach through the counties, and deepen their impact on the young people engaging with their artists. With over half a century’s experience, Young Audiences WNY looks forward to a bright and expansive future. 

Young Audiences of Western New York
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, New York 14203
phone number:
(716) 881-0917