Network Initiatives

An annual, three-day professional learning event, ArtsNow’s Foundational Seminar invites teams of K-8 educators from across the Southeastern United States to explore arts-integrated, standards-aligned instructional strategies that promote student learning, innovation, and achievement. This year’s Foundational Seminar, delivered via dynamic, Zoom-based virtual sessions, continued ArtsNow’s tradition of inspiring teachers to nurture creativity as they plan for the upcoming school year - whatever it may look like.
Tara Graviss, executive director of Arts for Learning San Diego, was profiled in a May 18, 2019, Q&A published in The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the article, titled “Promoting the Power of Art Within Everyone,” Graviss discusses the history of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) network and her role leading its southern California affiliate.
While school is out for summer and students are having fun in the sun, but not engaging in educational activities, many run the risk of falling behind once they return to classrooms in the fall. On average, children lose approximately two months of learning from the previous school year during summer months, and for low-income students, the loss is can be even greater. By fifth grade, summer
Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s Affili-Nation column spotlights the hardworking individuals across the YA Network who make it possible for our affiliates to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our latest publication features Sarah Frazier from Young Audiences New York. Young Audiences New York (YANY), one of the YA Network’s longest-standing affiliates, recently
Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s Affili-Nation column spotlights the hardworking individuals across the YA network who make it possible for our affiliates to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our latest publication features Pam Walker from ArtsNow.
With generous support from The Buffalo Rotary Foundation, Young Audiences of Western New York was able to purchase 20 iPad minis and 20 iPad covers this past Fall. We are excited about this new endeavor as this technology will be used in our important programming that directly serves youth that are most at risk for educational and societal failure in our communities. iPad minis are a central tool
Throughout history, the arts have played a positive role in healing the mind, body and spirit. According to “The effects of an arts intervention program in a community mental health setting: A collaborative approach” by Anne W. Lipe “…arts interventions offer opportunities for emotional expression and social interaction and have been shown to improve motivation, to increase personal empowerment
Are you looking for something to do this summer? ArtWorks will be hiring 30 youth for Summer 2017. Applications are due May 5th by 4pm . ArtWorks is a paid youth apprenticeship program in the arts for high school students ages 14-18 who reside in the City of Buffalo. This summer, Young Audiences of Western New York will hire student apprentices to work in teams to flex their creative muscles and
Registration is now open for Digital Transformations, a National arts-in-education conference presented by Young Audiences Arts for Learning and The Center for Arts Inspired Learning. The conference will be held April 20-22, 2017 at the Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Join us as we bring together experts in the fields of arts, education, and technology to discuss the intersection
On September 9 and 10, 2016, a thousand educators, campus and district leaders, and teaching artists from across Texas gathered at the Alley Theatre and Jones Hall in downtown Houston for the 6th annual Houston Arts Partners Conference.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Young Audiences New York, our affiliate in NYC, showcased the outstanding work created by students through its LINK NYC after-school program. Students were paired with corporate mentors from industry-leading companies such as AMC, Facebook and Now This Media, among others.
Contributed by Cory Wilkerson, Project Manager, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Ms. Cory Wilkerson is the Project Manager for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and serves on the Media Arts Committee. Ms. Wilkerson has taught Theatre Arts and film K-12 as a teaching artist and classroom teachers; her current work has been in arts standards and assessment. She also serves as
To celebrate Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, Young Audiences New York hosted their 2nd annual "Insights to Action" Forum, entitled Children's Creativity: What's the Big Whoop? at the Scandinavia House, Thursday, March 31. This second installation in the series featured guest speakers Shirley Brice Heath, Sarah Calderon, and Beverly Ellis, and focused on the impact that the arts can have on the creativity of children and the communities they live in.
Think back to the last time you went to see your favorite band perform live. Chances are you remember how the lead guitarist hit the perfect solo in your favorite song and how cool the lights and pyrotechnics were, but there is an element you may not recall that was perhaps just as important to your perfect concert-going experience. What you may have missed was the expert placement of the speaker
The “Find Your Voice” program is a 2-3 week long digital storytelling residency that gives middle school students the opportunity to study and discuss issues that are important to them through experimentation with digital media, movie making, and the art of storytelling under the direction of professional teaching artists.
2015 was an exciting year for Young Audiences! Together, the Young Audiences Network has been involved in bringing the arts to over 5 million students in communities around the country in many different ways, from providing programs that enhance students' 21st century skills through STEAM, to organizing advocacy and arts-based community building events. Check out some of 2015's highlights from around the network below!
Join Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington on December 7, 2015 for The Beaverton School District Arts for Learning Celebration. This event will serve to highlight the impact and the completion of the five-year Investing in Innovation (i3) phase of the Arts for Learning Lessons Project in Oregon's Beaverton School District. Arts for Learning (A4L) is an innovative arts-based literacy
What is Arts integration? Arts integration is a technique for teaching and learning that utilizes arts forms in conjunction with standard subject area curricula in order to facilitate comprehensive and effective learning in both the art form and traditional core subject area. Young Audiences Arts for Learning believes that the demonstrated benefits of implementing arts-integrated curricula make
With the rapid development of technology, the jobs that will exist for our next generation haven’t even been invented yet. And this makes it even tougher for today’s students. Along with learning math, science and writing, kids also have to learn how to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative. Our new entrepreneurial economy requires individuals to be both independent workers and successful
The Learning Through the Arts Initiative is a collaboration between YA of San Diego and SDUSD which utilizes Title I funding to increase the access to and equity of arts and arts integrated programming to enrich and enhance curriculum for students throughout the district.
Arts-in-Education Week - September 13-19, 2015 In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week. Congress designated Arts in Education week In celebration of this week, Young Audiences Arts for Learning will be supporting arts in education along with other organizations, advocacy groups and
At the Waters Elementary School, students, families, teachers, and community members were involved in creating a unique series of mosaic projects. All of the participants contributed to their ideas and designs, and helped with the installation of the mosaics, one of which now adorns the main entrance to the school.
The program strives to use baseball as a vehicle to demonstrate some of the countless real-world applications of STEAM in a way that is more readily accessible to students. In other words, it is a “deep-dive” exploration of everything baseball that integrates the arts, science, math, engineering, and technology in a fun and exciting way.
This program focuses on providing a dynamic and culturally rich educational experience for students in a safe and supportive environment. Students have the chance to participate in hands-on activities in many art forms, including an exploration of spoken word, creative writing, drama, visual arts, and technology.
YA had the great honor of having both Congressional Co-chairs Suzanne Bonamici and Elise Stefanik present to set the tone for the briefing with opening remarks about why they believe STEAM is important, as well as sharing with attendees instances of great STEAM opportunities within their constituencies...
It’s been two weeks since the “Building pARtnerships through Community Connections” conference, and we still can’t seem to get the theme of building great partnerships out of our minds, so we decided that this was a good time to feature another impressive partnership that has been fostered within our network. The partnership between Arts for Learning/Miami – a Young Audiences Arts for Learning
"If we want to get serious about closing the achievement gap, as ESEA states, then we need to get serious about the arts. This is a matter of urgency, especially given recent news that 51 percent of U.S. public school students now live in poverty"... read more.
Today’s global economy is more markedly different from that of any other in history to date... businesses have had to adapt their business strategies in order to compete in a more thorough and effective way. In order to support that change at an organizational level, there has been an increased focus on developing and cultivating “21st century skills” that prepare students for success in the modern workplace. One way to foster many of these desired characteristics and skills is by actively engaging students in the arts.
The inclusion of the arts in K-12 education offers students opportunities to learn and succeed in ways necessary for the 21st century. Young Audiences Arts for Learning Affiliates provide schools with programming in the form of performances, workshops and residencies that engage students in arts-integrated curriculum. Kansas City Young Audiences and Arts Partners Wichita – affiliates of Young
The arts have been linked with numerous academic benefits that help to rectify the disparity of achievement that traditionally exists between students in high poverty areas and their more financially able peers. In a 2012 study, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth, by Catterall, J.S., Dumais, S.A. & Hampden-Thompson, it was found that students with low socioeconomic status but high arts
Arts for Learning Indiana, an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, is now partnering with the Pike Township Schools to bring the Arts for Learning Online Curriculum to students at elementary schools throughout the district. The partnership is part of Pike Township's 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Program, and involves a once-a-week residency for students, which
What does the future of Young Audiences look like? The answer depends on those who lead the organization today - and those who will lead someday soon. T he emphasis on identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders is best illustrated by the Young Audiences Emerging Leadership Institute funded through a grant from the American Express Foundation. The impact ELI is making is best
97% of business leaders rate creativity as increasingly important in the U.S. workplace, but 85% of these employers say that can’t find the creative applicants they seek. ( Navigator: Facts & Figures by Americans for the Arts and Vans Custom Culture – from Ready to Innovate by Lichtenberg, J., Wiick, C., & Wright, M. (2008) ). Countless studies show that the arts promote creativity,
Young Audiences of Northeast Texas will be offering a program that will give local artists the opportunity to receive training to cultivate the skills necessary to create arts-integrated residencies to offer at local schools. A residency is a sequential series of classroom visits by one artist, designed to help students gain proficiency in a particular art form by immersing them in a long-term
Children thrive with access to the arts. With high arts involvement, young people are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. The arts provide a means to encourage, inspire, and motivate students in the classroom and beyond. Young Audiences
Research has shown that middle school is a critical development point for young people, and a time where the foundation for future learning and success is built. In order to help establish this solid foundation, the MetLife Learning for Life program was created. The MetLife Learning for Life program focuses on creating specially designed residencies for middle school students, led by Young
The seventy-five attendees were immersed in learning about the current status of arts assessment across the nation including work from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Michigan
Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates offer arts-based internship programs to help boost educational opportunities and job experience.
Dallas City of Learning is a multi partner initiative that has turned Dallas into a citywide learning laboratory for young people this summer...
The New York Times and Education Week have both recently published articles presenting comprehensive new research which suggests that the interaction with art such as classes, residency programs and Museum visits does make kids smarter. This may not be breaking news, but these thorough investigations into the positive effects of the arts on students are exciting for the arts in education
This August, Young Audiences welcomed 22 participants from 16 YA affiliates and arts organizations to Houston, TX for a 3-day convening on leadership in the field of arts and education...
As the nation celebrates National Arts in Education Week, Young Audiences is also celebrating the recently opened Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Arts for Learning Miami (A4L) is kicking off their summer with its second year of Artworks.
The Young Audiences Arts for Learning's 60th Anniversary culminated in the National Conference that took place in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel this past April. The 60th Anniversary National Conference was a resounding success with three amazing keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions providing professional development opportunities. Below are excerpts from the conference
Young Audiences' highly successful Immersive Game Design program was featured in the latest NEA Arts quarterly magazine.
Sarah Haykel has been a professional dance instructor since 2003 and a teaching artist at Young Audiences of Western New York for more than four years. She specializes in salsa dancing and Latin music and dance, focusing not only on timing, technique, rhythm, footwork, and styling, but on the historical and cultural aspects of Latin music and dance. This past April, she participated in the Young
Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio is partnering with Cleveland teaching artists to prevent bullying through a range of diverse arts-in-education programs.
The Executive Director of Young Audiences of Abilene, Victoria Spangler was interviewed by the Abilene Reporter-News.
Breakout Sessions for Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:30-2:30 pm: The sessions are repeated again at 2:45 pm 1. More Than the Sum of its Parts: “Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education ” Ken Cole, Associate Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education and Gigi Antoni, President and CEO, Big Thought. All children have a right to quality arts instruction that provides pathways to
The Young Audiences Arts for Learning has long been committed to supporting the growth and development of individual affiliates through a variety of services and grant programs. The Affiliate Development Fund (ADF) provides an opportunity to help build the capacity of affiliates and the network in order to establish ideas that can serve as best practices for the network and the field. Through the
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Live Webcast — Speakers: 9 to 10 am EST; Discussion: 10 to 11 am EST Register Now! Streamed live from the National Press Club in Washington, DC, this webcast will unveil a groundbreaking new compendium, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success . Edited by Terry K. Peterson, PhD, this seminal work
The NEA Arts Education Director, Ayanna Hudson will lead an Art Works guidelines workshop for potential arts education applicants on February 12, 2013, from 1 pm to 2 pm EST.
Get SMART Resources for Your Students! Featuring Young Audiences of Maryland Teaching Artists Laura Zam & Sue Trainor Experience seasoned Young Audiences of Maryland artists co-teaching with fellow Harford County Title I teachers! All attendees will receive the new SMART lesson guide—full of arts-integrated lessons aligned to the Common Core Standards. Arts elements posters and helpful
On Tuesday, January 15, WNYC's The Takeaway, hosted by John Hockenberry, discussed the importance of evolving STEM into STEAM.
Article by Jane Remer posted on Education Update
Young Audiences of Indiana has successfully launched their after-school program by incorporating dance into video game design. Putting art in the context of fun technology, the program teaches kids how to develop video game design into a future career. Read more at IndyStar.
Edutopia published a good article by Susan Riley that discusses the benefits of integrating the arts into the common core and effectively expanding STEM to STEAM.
Edtopia recently published an article, STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy . To view the full article, click here.