Network Initiatives

As we navigate the evolving challenges of social distancing, school closures, and virtual learning, we are committed to partnering with our national network and the arts-in-education community to forge new and innovative ways to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Over the coming weeks, we will be updating this page with curated resources and articles of interest for the artists, educators, nonprofits, and families, that are navigating this challenging time along with us.
We’re pleased to announce that Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s 2019 Gala on October 29th will feature a performance by Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver! Vicci and Emily attended our 2018 Gala and we are thrilled that they will be joining us again this year to perform and honor their friend and “Orange is the New Black” castmate, Joel Marsh Garland.
Christopher Sheard , from Young Audiences of Louisiana , was honored at Yale School of Music’s 2019 Symposium on Music in Schools . He was invited to New Haven, CT, where he accepted the Yale Distinguished Teaching Artist Award on Friday, June 14. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in music education and highlights Sheard’s contributions to the field of teaching artistry. Sheard is an
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week 2018 (YA Week) was celebrated across the YA Network from March 25 – April 7. In one of YA Week’s highlights, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington pushed musical boundaries with a collaborative performance featuring the talents of the Camas High School choir.
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
Single and ready to meet someone special? Join other single professionals in Hampton Roads at Bay Point Marina Clubhouse on Thursday, August 24th to meet fellow art lovers and raise funds for arts programming in local schools. This is the perfect opportunity to meet someone special at a beautiful marina surrounded by sailboats, all while donating to a great cause. All ages welcome! Your $50
The board and staff of Think 360 Arts will host the Full Circle Celebration, a festive reception and annual fundraiser for those who support arts education. Join us for a night of live entertainment, food, drinks and fun to celebrate the strides we've made throughout the year to promote arts education and integration. Tickets are $20 which include hors d'oeurves, live entertainment, and a
It is our pleasure to honor three members of Young Audiences National Board of Directors at our 65 th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental New York, located in the heart of New York City at 80 Columbus Circle. Mary Ann Fribourg Corinne P. Greenberg Sue Ann Weinberg On this special evening, we will recognize Mary Ann, Corinne and Sue Ann for their talents,
"Incorporating music into almost any class can be a great way to teach content—and it doesn’t take special training or expensive resources." - Maria Alegria Music as an artform is malleable, constantly changing, and complex as a language. Which is why music is always perceived in so many ways. The task of incorporating music into an academic setting can often seem daunting if you don’t have a
Join the board and staff of Think 360 Arts for Learning at Howl at the Moon in downtown Denver for their annual Full Circle Celebration on May 24, 2017! Hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary drink, dueling pianos and a live auction will ensure a night of fun, all in the name of arts integration and education! To buy tickets for this event please click here !
Gilbert Castellanos & Arlene Damasco present: ART MEETS JAZZ, a new series featuring unique salutes to some of the greatest legends of jazz: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane and more! Leading the band is none other than virtuoso trumpeter and Downbeat Magazine American Master Gilbert Castellanos. Artistic Director of the San Diego Symphony's "Jazz
The high-energy rhythm of Brazil comes to the Jacobs Center as Arts for Learning San Diego presents Family Arts Day in the Diamond -- Brazilian Carnival. This family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public and takes place at the amphitheater and the World Court area of the center. This Carnival celebration features the popular local ensemble Sol e Mar. Sol e Mar is dedicated to sharing the
In celebration of their 55 th anniversary, Arts for Learning Indiana hosted a night of performance, drinks and dancing entitled, ArtRiot!. On this autumn evening, a crowd of over 100 community members, teachers and Arts for Learning board members gathered to enjoy the broad range of artistic talents brought forth from local artists. Haley Baas, the affiliate’s marketing and communications manager
Nick Cave, a widely celebrated multi-media and performance artist, is coming to Buffalo on August 18-20th to meet with key project partners and potential funders to begin planning Plenty, a year-long collaborative arts program designed to engage and connect a variety of social and cultural groups throughout the city of Buffalo.
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
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:
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
75 kindergarten students will celebrate the sound and shape of the alphabet through songs, American Sign Language and dance Wednesday, December 23 beginning at 9 am at Buffalo's Waterfront Elementary school. The performance is open to families, invited guests and the media. The celebration is the culmination of eight 30-minute reading readiness workshops which integrate song, dance, music and
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.
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.
YA Maryland Teaching Artist uses collaborative songwriting and composing to teach kids history and science lessons.
"I worked with the Scholars K-8 teachers to create a series of Hip Hop writing workshops to strengthen students’ comprehension skills. In the two weeks I was at the school, students wrote songs about the writing process, how to count money and use decimals, as well as climate and how humans affect the environment." Read more...
Arts Partners Wichita, an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, celebrates their annual Tunes on the Tarmac with “The Sound of Music" in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the original film, The Sound of Music! Join them on Saturday, April 11th, 2015, at 6:30pm as they sing from the mountain tops, indulge in a signature martini and auction off "favorite things" to raise funds for local
From African legacies to the Underground Railroad, celebrate the historical heritage and contributions of African-Americans in February with a TEKS-aligned performance that will inspire creative expression in your students! These programs were organized by Young Audiences of Houston. Sister Rosa Parks, the Bus Stops Here Jean Donatto - View Curriculum Guide Here Actress/storyteller Jean Donatto
"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."
"Nothing compares to the energy, inspiration and work ethic of students rehearsing and performing the great repertoire for the first time. Participating in this process is the most rewarding experience on the planet." Jeffrey Grogan on teaching.
Many EACH Alumni describe their time in the program as transformative. For some it was through the artistic rigor, for others it simply allowed them to surround themselves with like-minded people and encouraged them to open up and become more confident in their art and themselves.
Announced in January 2014, the Shared Endeavor is a student centric statement that describes the support students need to expand their learning through the arts. It fosters proactive, long‐term collaborations among certified arts educators, community arts providers, and certified non‐arts educators.
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 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/
“Please don’t cut down all my trees, I need the earth to breathe! Won’t you help me?” This may sound like a line from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” but it’s actually the beginning of the chorus from a song co-written and produced by students and teaching artists from the Red House Program, a segment of Young Audiences of Rochester’s “Rochester Summer Scholars Program”. The Rochester Summer
Chicago, IL - Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE - Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Chicago Affiliate) and Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy are pleased to welcome the Tianjin Peking Opera Company for a “master class” ...
“Young Audiences is a leading national organization that is advancing resolve and support for music and arts education for all children; we are grateful for their work in many communities and are honored to support their national conference...” said Mary L. Luehrsen, Executive Director, NAMM Foundation.
I hope my students will gain a basic understanding of the types of music and movement that have grown out of Hawaiian history. I also hope they will recognize that all people can engage in cultural stewardship, and that learning never has to end.
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.
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
Technology and music are intertwined and it is a similar thought process-- like building one of the old YA websites was in a sense a multimedia version of music composition...
The Plain Dealer recently published a feature story on Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and their upcoming 60th Anniversary event in September.
Mike Kachuba has been working with Arts for Learning Connecticut for the past few years as a teaching artist and consultant and was promoted to Education Manager in 2011.
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
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.
A Great New York Times article by Perri Klass, M.D. on the benefits of early musical education.
This coming Friday, September 14th is the YA of Connecticut's Fall Artist Showcase from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury. More than 70 artists will engage students in learning through their interactive performances and workshops.
Karim Nagi Mohammed will present an interactive Arabic Music and Dance performance on September 11th and 12th in Simsbury, CT. This will complete his tour of all four of the elementary schools in Simsbury reaching over 2,000 students and teachers! Karim is a native Egyptian who specializes in traditional Arabic music. He uses his traditional foundation to re-imagine the culture, discovering
By Mary Nass On Saturday evening July 28th, fifteen talented dancers and drummers from Young Audiences of Louisiana's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at Woodmere and Lincoln Elementary Schools took to the stage of the Los Angeles Music Center in front of a crowd of 3,197 enthusiastic arts supporters. The Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Hollywood
Richard Stoltzman is a world-renowned clarinetist who has played with more than 100 orchestras, as well as with many chamber groups and solo recitals. Stoltzman has received numerous awards and has produced an extensive discography. In addition to classical repertoire, Stoltzman also plays jazz. He has been a member of the YA Advisory Committee for over 25 years and was elected to the National
"I thought I couldn't make beats out of random things," said Amari Roberts, a seventh-grade student at Imagine Discovery Public Charter School in Baltimore. "But you can make a beat out of anything." Amari learned that everyday objects like barrels and her own feet can be used as instruments during a recent residency program. The residency was one of four at four Maryland middle schools. The new