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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.
The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) national recognition program, run by our colleagues at the NAMM Foundation, is now in its 20th year of honoring the efforts of music education champions who share in the common goal to ensure access to music for all students as part of their curriculum.
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.
The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s Cleveland, Ohio-based affiliate, is one of 79 non-profit organizations selected to host a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, an honor the organization has received for a second consecutive year. Residents in Cuyahoga County will have the opportunity to participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read
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, Inc. congratulates its south Florida affiliate Arts for Learning/Miami on its recent selection for two prestigious grant awards to support its groundbreaking Wall (In) project. The program, in which young artists from the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami study the remains of a segregation wall and create a community-based activation of the site, will receive
“The arts honor the uniqueness of each individual, invite opportunities to control learning through creative choices, and allow young people to explore a variety of ways to communicate.” – Kristina Berdan – Education Director of Young Audiences of Maryland Often, an organization is only perceived through its events, programs, and results (as it is intended to). Affili-Nations mission is to
Often, an organization is only perceived through its events, programs, and results (as it is intended to). Affili-Nations mission is to introduce the YA community to the incredible people in each Affiliate organization who make the magic happen. Meet Omote Ekwotafia – Program Manager of Young Audiences of Louisiana To Omote, arts-in-education means an opportunity to meaningfully engage youth in
Often, an organization is only perceived through its events, programs, and results (as it is intended to). Affili-Nations mission is to introduce the YA community to the incredible people in each Affiliate organization who make the magic happen. Meet Marty Arvizu – Director of Marketing and Business Development of Kansas City YA Marty Arvizu says that ‘Arts in education’ is the most creative way
“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 are the life blood of every school and community” Often, an organization is only perceived through its events, programs, and results (as it is intended to). Affili-Nations mission is to introduce the YA community to the incredible people in each Affiliate organization who make the magic happen. Meet Mary Curry Mettenbrink – Executive Director of YA Houston. Mary Curry Mettenbrink said
Often, an organization is only perceived through its events, programs, and results (as it is intended to). Affili-Nations mission is to introduce the YA community to the incredible people in each Affiliate organization who make the magic happen. Meet Diane Hunt, Executive Director for Young Audiences of Abilene. Diane accepted the position as Executive Director of Young Audiences of Abilene as a
“What is your most American moment? This interactive narrative culls through responses from friends, family, and strangers from every political spectrum and many races, regions, cultures, and creeds. What you'll discover (and how you discover it) might surprise you.” Arts for Learning San Diego are hosting many events this summer, but one in particular is a show not to miss. For the 5th annual
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
Young Audiences of Houston is proud to partner with the Levy Park Conservancy to reintroduce people of greater Houston to the newly redeveloped Levy Park - supporting a vision of creating an active and vibrant entertainment and recreation destination for all of Houston to enjoy. Starting March 4th, Young Audiences of Houston will partner with Levy Park to offer FREE, family friendly, arts
Join Young Audiences of Northern California for an exploration of your palette. This exclusive food and wine pairing will excite your senses, fill your belly, and remind us all of the many important places creativity is expressed in our everyday lives - like food and wine! This creative, tasteful and fully catered private experience is graciously hosted by Weir & Associates Catering and Event
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virgina loves their students of military families. Their goal is to strengthen the connection their students of military families feel to their schools, their families and each other, while also providing a support system and opportunities for our students to experience success. YAV’s professional Visual Artists, Christopher Revels and Richard Nickel, will work
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
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center within Education Commission of the States, is hosting the 2017 AEP State Policy Symposium on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Continuing the momentum for implementation of the 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education, this annual event is an opportunity for national and state-level leaders to roll
The Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliate in Dallas, Texas, Big Thought, has been busy organizing numerous arts integrated programs and events. Mario Tarradell, Public Relations & Marketing Manager at Big Thought, shared some of the biggest program highlights from the lone star state. We are proud to feature some of these feature stories on the national website. Chelsea Mayo is the
Mary-Vance Duggan is an arts advocate and longtime Young Audiences Arts for Learning supporter. She is currently the Executive Director of one of our newest affiliates - Young Audiences of Southwest Florida...
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life? What are you most proud of? How would you like to be remembered? These are just a few examples of the questions Arts Partners Wichita teaching artist Aaron Fowler has his students ask when they meet the elders that they will be working with over the course of a five-day residency. These questions form the basis of the Stories to Songs:
The 18,000 square foot property in the heart of Midtown Kansas City will be renovated to be KCYA’s first permanent home in its 55 years in operation. Main Street is perfectly suited for KCYA’s new home with its high visibility, central location for youth across the metro, and its current renaissance of arts and education with 12 schools and more than 13 arts organizations located within 20 blocks of the purchased building.
Arts for Learning, the Indiana affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, has received a $20,000 LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant from the National Writing Project (NWP). The award, which is given to innovative programs that connect in-school and out-of-school learning, will help support Arts for Learning’s “Creating with Confidence: Design Thinking for Public Art” project with art students from Warren Central High School.
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.
This February Young Audiences New York (YANY) celebrated Black History Month with a performance of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. James Baldwin, a seminal African American author, was born in Harlem in 1924, and many of his works reflect the struggle of the Black community during his lifetime.
The goal of this Young Audiences of Virginia program is to use dance as a creative way for students to understand math concepts while learning how to be healthy and fit.
On Monday, September 28, YANY hosted a Literature to Life performance of an excerpt from Lemon Andersen’s memoir County of Kings. The performances and post-show workshops invite youth to examine what it means to be a citizen, confronting current social issues of discrimination, racism, poverty and justice, and to explore the role of art in social change.
Young Audiences NY’s Literature to Life program presented a performance and professional development workshop for 100 Charleston County Public School Teachers, in Charleston, South Carolina. YANY has designed this professional development workshop to support teachers to integrate the arts and social justice into their classrooms, as they learn to facilitate student discussions on issues of social justice and civic action- in the past, present and future.
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.
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.
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
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
Students at the Montclair Cooperative, a middle school in Montclair, NJ, have fastidiously worked on their 3-D digital designs that will soon be transformed into kinetic sculptures, some using a 3-D printer... This digital design program is made possible by a New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ AIE Residency Grant.
“Southwest is often singled out for the innovation and creativity displayed through many aspects of our business. The work of Young Audiences... mirrors so many of our own attributes: bold, new thinking; fun in the workplace; teamwork; and discovery. We are always learning and growing...
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
In talking about the value of arts in education, Diane relates that people, even corporate funders, realize there’s a component missing from the essential STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “Most organizations view arts education as a strong number two funding possibility. If they’re truly interested in the whole person, they understand the need for the arts in a full-fledged education.”
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...
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
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
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.
At a time when schools throughout the region are reeling from budget cuts, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YANJ/EP) and Target continue to provide some relief by offering arts education grants for up to $10,000.
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
Join Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education- an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning- on June 6th for a culminating display of student talent, including an art exhibition and performances generated by over 900 students. 10 different CPS Fine and Performing Arts magnet schools participated in the Portfolio Design Project , a collaborative process for creating portfolios of individual
The Arts Are Wild is an awareness opportunity designed to call attention to the importance of literacy and the good reading habits at home. Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc and The Virginia Zoo , will celebrate literacy through the arts with award-winning children's author and illustrator, Cece Bell, of Sock Monkey and Rabbit & Robot . The event is co-hosted by Sandra Parker, anchor at 13
Image: An early childhood program National YA Week celebrates the many contributions that Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates have made to schools and communities nationwide through their arts in education programs. In honor of YA Week, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Miami held multiple residency program and events across Miami-Dade County including programs in 43 early childhood
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Calls on Policy Makers and the Public to Re-examine Support for Quality Arts Education
The record grew out of songs co-written with his daughter, Clio, after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. The compilation expresses messages of bravery and empathy for families facing childhood cancer.
A Young Audiences Story: Charisse Williams, President of Young Audiences Woodruff Art Center, shares a story about her inspiring mother who was also an incredible educator...
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.
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
NCCAS hosted a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 1 to discuss the standards revision project.
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA) is kicking off the fall season with three Assembly Artist Showcases across the region. These free preview performances give PTA/PTO constituents the opportunity to see YA teaching artists in action. Students from the host school also attend the performances to show just how engaging the performances are for young learners. I had the
Transforming Education with STEAM is a seminar offered by the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI), a collaborative project between the Maryland affiliate of Young Audiences, the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS), and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). TAI brings artists and teachers together to rethink learning through arts integration. We believe we can create the best
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 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%
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.
In August, the first Young Audiences Charter School will open in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans...
Are the arts dead in California public schools? Absolutely not. But they are not thriving. As pressure has increased on schools to produce graduates...
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
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
Throughout the US the Young Audiences Affiliate Network will Host More Than 500 Related Events and Programs During This Week...
Young Audiences Arts for Learning will Host more than 300 Events and Programs across the US in Celebration of National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, March 24–March 30, 2013.
Quiet, but friendly, Anthony was more interested in sports than in school. “He just kind of blended in with the other kids,” says Melanie Bodner, Anthony’s sixth-grade dance teacher at his school in Manahawkin, NJ. “He didn’t have a focus, or something that made him excited to be in school.” But that year, when Young Audiences’ Illstyle & Peace dance troupe came to his school through an
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
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...
Amara, a special needs student from Iran, recently arrived in the United States and began going to school in Connecticut. She found that integrating into her new 2nd grade classroom was challenging because it was her first school experience. In Iran, since she was a special needs student, she was not allowed go to school. A teaching artist from Young Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut
Hugo was in 2nd grade last year at ER Taylor Elementary School in San Francisco. He was a shy, sweet student, but was considered difficult to work with by his teachers because he had so much trouble focusing on his work. He was unsure of himself in the classroom and he needed constant reassurance. Young Audiences of Northern California brought a visual artist into Hugo’s classroom for a 10 week
Young Audiences of Houston in partnership with Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center is embarking on a year-long research study that will develop and test the feasibility of a systematic approach to characterizing Arts In Medicine performances and the impact of such performances on an audience's engagement and mood in the setting of a pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. We hope to provide
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, “
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://
The YA Minnesota affiliate, COMPAS had a very successful youth employment program this summer. Thirty teenage apprentice artists worked on two mosaic projects and one theater project. Inspirations for their mosaic commission at Lyngblomsten (a continuing care center and our first inter-generational project) and the huge, wall-sized commission at The Canvas (an arts-focused rec center that COMPAS
Please join the Houston Arts Partners community as they welcome educators from the surrounding 53 school districts in our region to discover the why, what, and the how of building a community of Arts Partnerships for your classroom and students. This day of learning includes, 14 grade-level specific presentations, two panel discussions, an inspirational keynote speech and many resources to begin
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.
The Young Audiences Arts for Learning network is busy celebrating the National Arts-in-Education Week (September 9–15, 2012). It began in July 2010, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring the second Sunday in September as the beginning of National Arts-in-Education Week. Take this opportunity to get involved with Young Audiences and the local arts programs in your
New York, NY (August 27, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT) - To celebrate Young Audiences Arts for Learning's 60 th anniversary, the national office launched an interactive web site that will foster communication within the Young Audiences (YA) network and beyond. The YA web site ( www.youngaudiences.org ) is designed to strengthen and serve YA's online audience. It was developed by rayogram, a company that
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
Through a grant from The Western States Arts Federation, Young Audiences of San Diego brought nationally renowned storyteller David Novak to San Diego for six school assemblies in celebration of Read Across America. Read Across America celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages every child to celebrate reading. Over 1,000 students at three elementary schools were treated to David's