Network Initiatives

CAL marked the occasion with a free Family Arts Festival, inviting local community members into the new space at 1450 E. 105th Street to catch a glimpse of the imaginative arts-inspired programming it will bring to Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.
YA-WNY’s YA Week celebrations were recognized by several prominent government officials and congressional stakeholders.
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week) 2018 kicked off on March 25, 2018, and will continue through April 7, 2018. During YA Week, the YA Network raises awareness about the importance of arts-in-education around the country. The annual advocacy and awareness campaign is celebrated by the entire Network of 30 Young Audiences affiliates serving 22 states with arts integrated
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
The Arts Council of Kern invites local muralists to a meeting to hear public input concerning a mural at Rexland Acres Park in Bakersfield. Artists are encouraged to join in the discussion and to present ideas and submit bids for the project. Funding provided through a grant by the California Endowment and the Arts Council of Kern. For information email info@kernarts.org
Horton Plaza Park and Arts for Learning San Diego are providing another fun, art-filled event with fantastic performances and hands-on visual arts programming as well as dog-friendly fun for families and residents to enjoy in the Park. Why? Horton Plaza Park is committed to creating fabulous ways to draw people to their park and participate in events. This time, arts education non-profit, Arts
“We actually like to draw attention to the fact this is something for people who have lived experience [with mental illness]. There shouldn’t be any shame in it; it should be something people are appreciated for and [they should be] applauded for their openness.” - Mental Wellness Center CEO Annmarie Cameron If you consider yourself an artist in any medium, you’ve probably encountered the healing
Money. Something that often allows for opportunity, or lack thereof. In the arts, money can often be an issue with regards to accessibility. Broadway tickets are anywhere from $20-$800, and summer events almost always come with an attendance fee. It can become discouraging to anyone who wants to have access to the arts, while maintaining a budget. However, there is salvation to this seemingly
“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
Often times the word art gets thrown around in a community, and most of the time people don’t understand what that means. What is a Community Arts Center? What are the arts afterschool programs? The importance of having a saturated arts culture in a community is colossal. This has been proven time and time again through studies focusing on the academic improvement in students, improvement in home
What do the arts do for kids? How does it help them? Their families? Their schools? The answer to these questions are not out of reach thanks to the meaningful work that takes place across the country through Young Audiences affiliate organizations. Young Audiences of New York (YANY) has provided an opportunity like no other for the children of New York City. The programs that YANY hosts are
Join Young Audiences of Rochester as they celebrate their 55th anniversary! Throughout the year, Young Audiences of Rochester will be hosting unique events in honor of their 55th year of providing arts programming to students throughout the Rochester area. These events include LOVEGRAMS with singer-songwriter Fatima Razic, a new Jay Stetzer: Tales in 2 Minutes: Radio series featuring stories
Young Audiences of Rochester, NY and Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation are pleased to announce an exciting partnership. They will introduce and provide a broad range of arts programming that engage multigenerational clients of Rochester's settlement houses, who often do not have access to a diverse variety of arts experiences. The Urban Arts Education Alliance will serve the member
Every Second Saturday at 1:00 pm Young Audiences of Western New York will be offering free, family, interactive programming at the Buffalo downtown Central library. These programs will be located at the Ring of Knowledge at the base of the escalators on the main floor. This Saturday teaching artist Aitina Fareed Cooke illustrates stories of endurance through hardships. Aitina serves as the
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
Join Young Audiences Arts for Learning for Music and Dancing to Celebrate the Arts at the 2016 Young Audiences Gala After Party!
This summer, students are abuzz and active in Harlem, and Young Audiences New York (YANY) is making sure it stays that way! YANY staff members have been working to ensure their students are receiving quality out-of-school time enrichment, especially during the summer months when learning loss is a pressing reality. Summer learning loss is a major contributor to the learning gap between lower and
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-
Now in its seventh year, the Affiliate Development Fund (ADF) provides an opportunity to help build the capacity of affiliates and the entire YA organization in order to establish ideas that can serve as best practices for the YA Network and the field. Additionally, the fund encourages and supports innovative strategies in all areas of organizational development for the betterment of the network
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.
On Tuesday, March 15, Young Audiences Maryland and the national organization partnered with the Thomas Jefferson Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland to film arts integrated programs in action.
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.
Arts for Learning San Diego will present a Black History Month celebration called Fra Fra Life featuring Akayaa Atule & Bolga Zohdoomah.
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
Check out the great programs that our Houston affiliate will be offering to the local community this Black History Month! Teaching artists and performance groups such as Jean Donatto, Hope Shiver, David Keepman, Soul Street, and Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company will use music, theatre, and dance to teach elementary, middle, and high school kids about African American History throughout the entire
Enjoy fun activities! Free of Charge The event will feature hands-on arts and music with our teaching artists: Ani Hoover, Kevin McCarthy, Suzie Rozler, Jeremy Stock, and Phyllis Thompson. Thank you to our Holiday Party sponsors: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo Teachers Federation, Current Hospitality Group LLC, Hyatt's All Things Creative, and M&T Bank. Ani Hoover offers a
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!
It was August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, from central Florida to Texas. Flooding in New Orleans destroyed homes, lives, and livelihoods. But the people of the city proved resilient, reclaiming their city and their culture. Prior to Katrina, Young Audiences of Louisiana was a mid-size affiliate. “We had slow and steady growth, and we were involved primarily in
When you integrate arts into educa­tion, the students will surprise you.” That’s what Aitina Fareed Cooke found in her experience as a teaching artist in two very different places. Waterfront Elementary School, where Aitina worked with third and fourth graders, is in Buffalo, the second-largest city in the state of New York. The Harold O. Brumsted Elementary School, where she worked with first
The Young People's Chorus of New York City is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez in 1988, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child. Young Audiences Interviews Elizabeth Núñez - Conductor of the YPC of NYC.
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
YANY's Literature to Life program has been asked by the Gaillard Center of Charleston, SC to present a performance and professional development workshop based on Zora - the work of Zora Neale Hurston. This PD workshop is focused on social justice and will be led by YANY staff members and teaching artists at the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School.
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.
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
As our campaign to curb summer learning loss comes to a close, we have also been busy preparing for the upcoming school year by creating new and innovative programs. These arts integrated programs will have students engaged and looking forward to their classes.
Young Audiences New York has partnered with the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation to bring lively arts performances to the weekly Pitkin Verde Farmer's Market. A Brooklyn neighborhood gathered last week to enjoy song, dance, and fresh produce, transforming a typical Friday into a night of community building and culture.
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.
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
Young Audiences of Virginia's literacy awareness event, Arts Are Wild! took place on May 2nd at the Virginia Zoo featuring Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt. The Arts Are Wild is an awareness event designed to call attention to the importance of literacy and good reading habits at home. Attendees had the opportunity to experience an exciting day of adventure, including performances by YAV
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
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
Creativity Fest is a free interactive showcase of Arts for Learning Indiana Teaching Artist Programs. This arts celebration will feature something for everyone, including African drumming, spoken word poetry, storytelling, jazz music, mime, poetry writing and much more! The professional teaching artists of Arts for Learning Indiana are skilled professionals who regularly work with Indiana
“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.
On Friday, April 24, conference participants will have to make a difficult decision between three exciting arts and cultural site visits. The first is the beautifully designed Kauffman Center for performing Arts...
This honor is awarded by ABC 7 and the National Association of Women Business Owners Buffalo Niagara to shine the spotlight on outstanding women who do extraordinary things in Western New York.
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
"I saw my first live stage production when I was 8 years old, on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and I absolutely loved it. That experience ignited a spark of passion in me, and inspired me to embrace the wonderful world of storytelling through live theatre."
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...
Purchase Tickets Now and Join the Party! And check out the images from last year's festivities: New Gallery 2014/11/14 Gala Photo flash 9 cameramake Canon height 3744 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Ligh originaldate 11/22/2013 5:24:11 AM width 5616 cameramodel Canon EOS 5D Mark II Gala Photo flash 9 cameramake Canon height 3744 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Ligh originaldate 11/22/2013 5:26:11
Celebrating its 45th year, the Wichita Arts Council handed out the annual Art Awards Thursday, October 30, 2014. Congratulations go out to visionary and former Arts Partners Wichita Executive Director Katie Lynn...
Arts Partners Wichita, an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, will be hosting their 3rd Annual Arty Party & Dr. Seuss Breakfast this Saturday, October 18 from 9am-12pm. Participants will be treated to a morning of magic tricks, discovering artistic talents, breakfast foods, and over 15 other activities for both kids & their adults! Tickets $25 and proceeds will go to support
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.
Young Audiences of Western New York, in conjunction with Arts Partners for Learning will host the 7th Annual Patricia Cotsen Arts Abilities Conference. Arts and cultural community representatives, educational program leaders, and human service providers are invited to learn about best practices in arts and cultural education through workshops led by community organizations participating in the
The Intergalactic Nemesis merges comic book and radio play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience and a new art form: the Live-Action Graphic Novel. Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color and high-resolution comic book panels tell a hilarious action/
Colorado Creative Industries will award Think 360 Arts $230,000 during the first year and a total of one million dollars over the four year period. Think 360 Arts is an affiliate of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.
Love chocolate? Great! Then join Arts for Learning Indiana for their annual Chocolate Festival at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Building on October 11th. The festival will run from 12 - 4pm and will feature samples from more than 20 of Indiana's finest dessert makers, live performances, and hands-on art workshops to enjoy. Some of the featured vendors include: Abbott's Candies
Throughout the month of August, JCPenney shoppers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to support arts in education. Contributions will be donated to JCPenney Cares to help fund national and local arts education programs through partnerships such as Young Audiences Arts for Learning...
On Friday, June 27th, the students of the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center dipped into the art of Japanese calligraphy, Shodo, with artist Garret Uyeno. The seven male students learned the symbols for “mountain,” “river,” and their own names...
Dallas City of Learning is a multi partner initiative that has turned Dallas into a citywide learning laboratory for young people this summer...
The Sandy Relief Arts Education Initiative is a grant program funded through the New Jersey Recovery Fund and YA fundraising efforts that focuses on the power of the arts as a vehicle for healing and recovery, and will offer grants of up to $10,000 to bring arts education programming to schools serving students affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
As part of this week's Convergence exhibition, tomorrow night there will be a provocative and lively discussion around notions of community in teaching, learning, and creating art with Jim Duignan, Professor and Chair of Visual Art Education in the College of Education, DePaul University, and Jorge Felix, Studio and Arts Exhibits Program Director, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.
Our Arts for Learning Affiliate in Connecticut has implemented some exciting initiatives targeted at aiding and engaging the surrounding community. For the past two years, through the generosity of the Variety Foundation for Children, Arts for Learning CT has offered family art nights, drum and dance after school workshops, and a community art project resulting in a beautiful 10' x 30' tile
Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio is now the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning; Mission Continues to Enrich the Lives of Children and Promote Creative Learning by Uniting Arts and Education
MetLife Learning for Life uses the essential learning and life skills inherent in the arts as an engaging, life-long learning model to promote creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and communication across all subject areas...
The Young Audiences Charter School is opening its doors on Friday, August 9. Young Audiences of Louisiana is celebrating this milestone event with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. Founded by Young Audiences of Louisiana, the state's leading provider of arts education programs for over 50 years, this new arts-integrated public school is opening in Gretna and will be the only open-
As the nation celebrates National Arts in Education Week, Young Audiences is also celebrating the recently opened Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In August, the first Young Audiences Charter School will open in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans...
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) recently joined the National Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Below are impressions of CAPE from their current Development and Marketing Associate, Michelle Green. I first learned about Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) while I was researching my Art Education Masters thesis at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. What was
On Saturday, May 13 at the Virginia Zoo, Young Audiences of Virginia held a celebration-fundraiser for the arts and literacy. Children's author Anna Dwedney signed copies of her books, the Llama Llama series. Young Audiences of Virginia had 7 stages of performers, 8 arts exploration tables, and fun for all. Check out images from the event.
On May 2nd, Young Audiences of Virginia celebrated with the people of Roanoke at their LOVE YAV ROANOKE! event. This early evening event introduced members of the Roanoke community to Young Audiences of Virginia and demonstrated their signature Interactive, Arts-in-Education programming. Check out more of the images on their Facebook page . Photo: Rootstone Jug Band
Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio is partnering with Cleveland teaching artists to prevent bullying through a range of diverse arts-in-education programs.
The morning show on the Louisiana station WGNO, Good Morning New Orleans , recently interviewed the principal about his new Young Audiences Charter School opening in August 2013. In the YA Charter School , teachers and administrators will work to create and support a culture of high expectations that allows each student to reach their greatest potential; providing a creative, nurturing, and
Join us as we celebrate Springboard with an evening of international cuisine, entertainment by Springboard Teaching Artists from around the world, and live and silent auctions. Our 2013 Gala: Passport to Springboard will take place on Friday, April 19, 2013. Help us support St. Louis's largest provider of in-school arts-in-education programs and purchase your ticket today at: www.springboardstl.
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
For the past five years, Arts for Learning (The Miami affiliate of Young Audiences) has partnered with the Frost School of Music and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony to create and run the Music Reach mentoring program. Through this program, talented young musicians like Meg Roy (now a senior at the University of Miami) get the chance to learn the basics of teaching artistry and give back as
Witt Siasoco, Arts Coordinator at The Canvas, has been chosen as one of seven artists to participate in a new venture in Minneapolis. The Canvas is a partnership between COMPAS (our YA affiliate in Minneapolis) and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. Creative CityMaking is a partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis that fosters collaborations between local artists and City
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania has received a $74,500 donation from NRG to create the NRG Energy Creatively Green Awards, a competitive award program to bring arts-based sustainability education to hundreds of schoolchildren and their families. For the full article...
Teachers, parents, school administrators and board members are invited to complete the 2013 survey online now through Friday, January 18, 2013. Many districts reported that making the "Best Communities" list has had a positive effect on their ability to sustain and advance music education programs. In 2012, 176 communities were recognized, including 166 school districts and 10 schools. "The
Jimmy was in the 3rd grade at a Bay Area school in Northern California facing some challenges: he lived in a tough home, he was learning to speak English for the first time, and he was struggling in school.
In celebration of the Young Audiences 60th anniversary, the YA community wants to see and hear your YA stories. We have posted a selection of YA stories that best represent the diversity of people in our network. We are still accepting submissions and each one will recieve a FREE Young Audiences 60 th anniversary Tote Bag. For more information, please see below. Amara's Story Craig's Story Hugo's
The Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning have announced a groundbreaking collaborative effort to expand and redesign the school day.
Since 1962 the local non-profit organization Young Audiences of Louisiana has led the state of Louisiana in arts education. At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Jefferson Parish School Board the board approved the non-profit to operate a new open enrollment charter school in Jefferson Parish for the 2013-14 school year. Young Audiences Executive Director Rickie Nutik explained at the meeting, “
A first of its kind street festival on Granby Street (Main St. to Charlotte St.) Friday, Sept 7th from 6-9pm. Young Audiences of Virginia Staff had a great time entertaining the people that came out. More than 40 Young Audience of Virginia Teaching Artists came out to celebrate and perform throughout the night.
Chocolate Fest 2012 fundraiser will take place Saturday, October 20 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts, located at 1505 North Delaware Street in Indianapolis. Benefiting Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, Chocolate Fest will now include a host of local chefs, chocolatiers, bakers, and restaurateurs offering “tastings” to entice attendees to buy
Dance China NY at Riverfront Recapture Festival On Saturday, August 18 th the Dance China NY from NYC will bring China Patterns to the family stage at Riverfront Recapture Festival in Hartford at 12:30pm. Customs and patterns of life are illustrated in Chinese dances and songs including the Ribbon and Lion Dances. For more information, click here.
In the 2011-12 school year, Young Audiences of Houston has expanded its Music 4 Everyone program to include two new facilities: Gardens Elementary in Pasadena ISD and Avondale House. Music 4 Everyone is an interventional music project that provides music activities to the special education students at low-income schools and professional development training for the classroom teachers and
NRG Energy Corporation, one of the leading energy companies in the world, awarded Young Audiences New Jersey a $75,000 grant to develop family arts festivals in schools or school districts around the State of New Jersey. The focus of these festivals is to explore the intersection of art and sustainability. The program, called NRG Energy Creatively Green, is in development with a team of YANJ