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Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15. Young Audiences will recognize and celebrate the transformative power of arts education through activities that honor the efforts of teachers, artists, and cultural groups working to make the arts a crucial part of education in the lives of community members.
YA-WNY’s YA Week celebrations were recognized by several prominent government officials and congressional stakeholders.
New York, NY (March 26, 2018) — Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) on March 22, 2018, introduced a resolution of support designating the weeks of March 25 and April 1 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week). The designation of YA Week will honor the contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has made to schools nationwide through
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), a tireless supporter of the arts and longtime advocate for YA and the arts-in-education field. She passed away early this morning in Washington, DC after sustaining an injury last week, according to a statement issued by her staff on March 16, 2018. A former blues and jazz singer
The demographics and functionality of a standard classroom today are ever changing. I would think it’s safe to say that there is no longer one “right” way to go about teaching the ever-developing young minds that fill the room. So, the question on every educators’ mind should be this: How do I teach and prepare my students in the best way possible? While the answer to that question might not be
“The arts add more than activity, beauty, creativity and joy. They also add megabucks to the local economy; a new national study shows.” - Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane, author of article “Study Finds Arts” There is a conversation that every artist has had at least once in their life regarding their career. You’ll start by saying “I’m going to school to study art, music, digital media….” And the response
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
Young Audiences Arts for Learning will Host more than 100 Events across the U.S. in Celebration of National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, April 9–April 22, 2017! New York, NY – February 14, 2017 – Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is proud to announce the National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week), an annual advocacy and awareness campaign. The Young Audiences Arts
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
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is thrilled to honor Arnold B. Baker and Tracee M. Dundas at its Annual Gala on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Waldorf Astoria. Thursday, November 17th, 2016 Waldorf Astoria's Starlight Roof Reception 6:30pm Dinner 7:30pm Featuring a special performance by exciting, genre-fusing violinist Damien Escobar. Black Tie Optional Mr. Baker is a distinguished
At a time when schools throughout New Jersey are reeling from budget cuts, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania continues to provide some relief through their Arts Education scholarships to fund arts education programming in New Jersey Schools. Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern PA's Arts Education Scholarships are designed to bring extraordinary and inspiring performances
Celebrate arts in education this week with Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Americans for the Arts, and your local schools!
Abilene is a city that takes great pride in championing storytelling and children’s literature. Just last year, the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas designated Abilene as the official Storybook Capital of Texas in recognition of its efforts to celebrate literary works for children. How does one become a literary capital? Well, in Abilene’s case, they started off with an immense community-
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is issuing an invitation for arts educators interested in serving as adjudicators of the high school student work collected from diverse school settings across the nation as part of the 2015-16 Model Cornerstone Assessment (MCA) Pilot Project.
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.
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YANJEPA) will celebrate YA Week at their Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom IV "Anything Goes" on April 2, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, New Jersey. Back by popular demand, Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom IV "Anything Goes" will feature four new volunteers and their professional dance partners as they perform to win your votes and the coveted YA
The House resolution, introduced by Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, highlights the work of the 30 participating Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates. As an avid supporter of the arts, he states that “arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines… is an essential element of a complete and well-rounded education for all students”.
Young Audiences interviews Growing up with the Arts Key Speaker Alberto Carvalho, nationally recognized Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public School District!
Arts for Learning San Diego - in partnership with San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the San Diego County Office of Education - will be hosting a two-day event March 17-18, to celebrate student achievement and highlight the great arts programs in the San Diego Unified (SDUSD) and Chula Vista Elementary(CVESD) School Districts. This event,
On Tuesday, March 8, more than 500 grass roots advocates celebrated Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. Arts Advocacy Day is instrumental in advancing key legislative initiatives and arts education policies.
While I will be presenting on specific provisions dealing with arts and music education at the Growing up with the Arts, a national arts-in-education conference in Miami, I thought I’d focus this website feature on a new section of the law which creates immediate opportunities to support additional music and arts education in our nation’s schools – Title IV-A, Section 4107.
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!
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Young Audiences has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is thrilled to honor Gary W. Parr at its Annual Gala on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria.
Many executives believe that arts education and engagement throughout life significantly improve workforce skills and have contributed to their own career success. Given the vital role arts engagement plays in career achievement, Theatre Forward urges that arts engagement programs be available to students regardless of income level, and that businesses and their employees strive to secure these programs in order to improve workforce preparedness.
This week marks the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month! President Obama has commemorated this occasion by issuing a Presidential proclamation. See the proclamation in full here. National Arts & Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to
Thanks to generous donors and support from Baltimore City Public Schools and the Baltimore Office of Promotions and The Arts, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland - the Maryland affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning - artists and programs are available to high-need Baltimore City Public Schools at up to 80 percent off of the cost (a $400 assembly could cost you only $80!). This
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
Young Audiences of Houston and Houston Arts Partners are proud to present their 5th annual Houston Arts Partners Conference. The conference will be held September 11 and 12, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This year’s conference theme, The Arts Fuel Innovation , places the focus on the relationship between the arts and vital components of tomorrow’s creative economy: creativity,
As part of the nation’s largest paint-and-sip franchise, Painting with a Twist of Skippack participated in the company’s national fundraising event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 26 through the company’s charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose. Fifty Percent of proceeds from the event were donated to Young Audiences of Louisiana Charter School. Painting with a
A quick look into the demographics of the Near Eastside of Indianapolis community will reveal that it is comprised of 20 different neighborhoods encompassing over 40,000 residents. Of the 40,000, 24% do not have a high school diploma and according to the U.S. census the unemployment rate was almost 10% in 2000 and has risen steadily since. In addition to this, many of the students that attend IPS
Young Audiences Assembly Artist Group Cello Fury performing at last year’s Fall Artist Showcase. Photo by Frank Veronsky. Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, (YA) the region’s largest provider of arts education programs for grades preK-12, is holding free artist showcases from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 29th at Borough Elementary School in Morris Plains, NJ, and on
Young Audiences of Northern California is proud to announce that they will be teaming up with Credo SF throughout the month of August as their Community Partner! This means that during the entire month of August, $2 of every Kentucky Buck signature cocktail or Burra Crostini appetizer ordered will go towards supporting the work of YA of Northern California. Then, head out to Credo SF on August
Young Audiences New York had the great opportunity to be featured on-air on the popular New York City Radio Show "Nash Matters" on NASH FM 94.7 earlier this month.
The vision of the Arts Access Initiative is that all children should be able to have the opportunity to benefit cognitively, creatively, emotionally, and academically through the arts. To fulfill this vision, the Arts Access Initiative will focus on four main areas of involvement - Strategy, Partnerships, Data Collection, and Advocacy.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Cocktails 6:30 pm/ Dinner 7:30 pm Featuring a performance by the Young People's Chorus of New York City Invitation to follow
Join Young Audiences New York on the rooftop of The DL as they raise awareness for arts education. The more awareness and funds raised means more quality programming for the children of New York City! Tuesday, June 16th 7:00pm - 10:00pm The DL 95 Delancey Street New York, NY 10002 Hors d'oeuvres and two hour open bar Tickets General Admission Ticket - $85 $85 provides visual arts materials for 5
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...
Young Audiences Arts for Learning will host a STEAM briefing in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus, co-chaired by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik. The briefing will take place on Friday, May 15 from 9:30 am...
"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.
To celebrate National Young Audiences week, Young Audiences of Western New York (YAWNY) hosted a public celebration event on Thursday March 19th at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The event focused on allowing children and their families to experience the arts in many different forms, through exciting performances, intriguing exhibitions and touching personal testimonies about how the
On Tuesday, March 24, thousands of arts supporters took to the hill to advocate for the arts during this year’s Arts Advocacy Day . Hosted by Americans for the Arts, this annual event brings hundreds of non-profits and civic organizations together to receive expert advice and to then take action by visiting their state congressional offices. Arts Advocacy Day was a big first step, but it only set
With one day left until the end of YA Week 2015, it’s time to reflect on some of the great work that our affiliates have been doing to celebrate and to advocate for arts-in-education! And we would like start off by highlighting Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland and Arts for Learning Miami.
Today is the final day of the National Young Audiences Week (YA Week) and we are happy to announce a free closing extravaganza for New Brunswick area families. Organized by Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, this annual family arts festival will include performances from multicultural dance troupes, hands-on dance workshops, and even an on-site health fair focused on childhood health and wellness issues...
Young Audiences New York seized the moment that National Arts for Learning Week offers to raise an important question: What’s the next frontier that children and youth need us to take on in New York City? As proud 63 year pioneers of making the arts part of education in New York City, Young Audiences New York knows that there is more that the arts can—and must—do to close the opportunity gaps
Last week, YA of Oregon & SW Washington staff took to city hall to testify in front of the Portland City Council. They definitely made their case and the proclamation states that “the City of Portland recognizes the critical role that the arts play in the development of young people...
After months of preparation, National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week is finally here. To celebrate, every day we will be highlighting festivities from the YA affiliate network. For our first day, we would like to feature Young Audiences of Virginia (YAV) celebrating their 60th anniversary this year...
Join us this week in celebrating the work of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network! YA Week is being observed across the country in 22 states by Young Audiences' affiliates with special events, school activities, residencies, and performances promoting awareness of YA’s arts-in-education programs.
Join Young Audiences New York during National Arts for Learning Week for a conversation exploring how to provide all children with arts experiences that prepare them for success in school, work and life. Panel discussion includes leaders of educational, corporate, community and arts organizations. Join the conversation about the roles we can play, individually and collectively, as we leverage the
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
In NYC, the festivities will be kicked off with a lively panel discussion to address the opportunity gap in NYC and how arts organizations can help leverage the arts to close this gap for all of NYC children. The national organization of Young Audiences is partnering with our affiliate in New York City, Young Audiences New York to create this event that will take place on Wednesday, March 18...
Acclaimed photographer and film director Stewart Cohen – who photographed such legends as architect Oscar Niemeyer, musicians B.B. King and Erykah Badu, and primatologist Jane Goodall for his book “Identity” – has now turned his lens to Dallas kids who entered Big Thought’s White House-commended Creative Solutions program as adjudicated youth and left with energy and creativity channeled into
“Has your board had a serious conversation about diversity and inclusion?” This is a simple question, but it opens the door to a topic that is increasingly important in an ever diversifying world. With the rise of globalization and the ability to communicate with a global audience readily accessible, having a diverse leadership structure with a solid cultural competence to direct your organization’s efforts is of the utmost importance.
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
Young Audiences has been featured in the online philanthropy blog Inside Philanthropy ! Blog writer Mike Scutari puts forward YA as the organization to "revitalise arts education in America", and highlights programs from around the network such as Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania's Emerging Artist's Creativity Hub and Arts for Learning Connecticut's Arts Partners Schools
At this year's Young Audiences Arts for Learning Annual Gala, we are thrilled to honor Robert E. Knowling for his tireless work in the community and for providing inspiration to countless young people to embrace education and strive for success...
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Arts as a core subject: Ben Folds is an arts education advocate who is able to make the issues surrounding arts education transparent. He is able to use his position to make sure that educators and policy makers know that people “will not stand for moving the arts out of the way for ‘more important’ things... read more.
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
The SupportMusic Music Education Community Forum sponsored by the NAMM Foundation, NAFME, and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be rolling into the Hampton Roads Convention Center on October 21, and will focus on the topic of "Music Education in Hampton Roads." This stop is just one on the Community Forum fall tour and will feature a panel of local music education experts, including
Young Au diences of Massachusetts will be hosting the SmARTTalk Workshop at the Needham Public Library on October 29, 9:30am -11:30am! The workshop will be free and open to any educators that want to participate. SmARTTalk will feature Gail Zarren, the Project Director of Young Audiences of Massachusetts' Healing Arts for Kids hospital initiative, who will present and lead discussions on topics
In this news segment, Clarke discusses how the arts positively impact children and how arts integration is a versatile tool that addresses real concerns in the community such as low graduation rates, summer learning loss, and low literacy scores.
We Are Houston Arts Partners from Mary Mettenbrink on Vimeo . Young Audiences of Houston, with area school districts and arts organizations, successfully kicked off the fourth annual Houston Arts Partners Conference at the beginning of September. The conference took place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston. The Houston Arts Partners Conference combined a dynamic dialogue
Supported by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR) and Congressman Aaron Schock (IL), since its creation in 2013, the bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus has grown to include 63 members of Congress...
This advocacy event will include presentations from Institute participants, Young Audiences staff, and ELAB members on topics ranging from STEAM...
In recognition of this event, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter thanking the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network for its dedication and continued success bringing arts in education to nearly half a million New York students every year.
As part of their celebratory events, Executive Director, Cary Clarke attended a community arts event that was organized by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici’s office. Suzanne Bonamici is avid supporter of arts education and she is the co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus.
At this year-long afterschool workshop, two kindergarten classes at TCCS are currently receiving instruction in musical concepts and percussion. The residency program, led by Teaching Artists Trey Files and Eric Phinney, focuses on traditional playing techniques and rhythms using Middle Eastern percussion instruments.
Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has issued a US Senate Proclamation that announces his support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week) and the programs of the three Young Audiences affiliates in NY state...
In Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has issued a proclamation that this week will also be recognized as Maryland Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week...
US House Resolution Designates March 16-22 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Calls on Policy Makers and the Public to Re-examine Support for Quality Arts Education
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. In celebration of this week, Arts Education Partnership collected responses from leaders in the arts in education field that answered this question: “What story about the arts in education still needs to be told?” There were many great
On Friday, August 9, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th District) visited a Young Audiences of Rochester Summer Scholars event to see first-hand how integral the arts are to improving student academic performance. The Summer Scholars presented a special culminating performance for Representative Slaughter at the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. This six week program brings rich arts
The event will be a conversation about the future of education and the role that education, the arts, and culture will play in shaping New York's future. Mayoral candidates will respond to questions and present their view on the arts, culture, and education as a foundation for creating a smarter, more livable, and more economically competitive city.
Leonard Lopate and Kurt Andersen interviewed each mayoral candidate about their commitment to arts education and culture and if they can improve city funding by increasing art and culture monies by 1%
On Monday, June 24th, Young Audiences Arts for Learning hosted a STEAM briefing in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus...
Young Audiences Arts for Learning, in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus presents a STEM to STEAM briefing on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2 pm in Washington D.C. This briefing focuses on changing the vocabulary of education to include both art and science and will include an interactive presentation to show what STEAM looks like in the classroom. The STEAM Caucus is Co-Chaired by
Are the arts dead in California public schools? Absolutely not. But they are not thriving. As pressure has increased on schools to produce graduates...
Throughout the US the Young Audiences Affiliate Network will Host More Than 500 Related Events and Programs During This Week...
We are proud to announce keynote speakers Richard Kessler, Ayanna Hudson, and Ben Cameron.
The Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning have announced a groundbreaking collaborative effort to expand and redesign the school day.
Dancers from a YA San Diego program performed for the San Diego City Council. The peformance was very well received and City Council members unanimously voted to increase funding for the arts. Check out the article and the video in the Voice of San Diego . http://