Young Audiences Arts for Learning Joins 52 Other National Organizations to Support Arts Education as Essential for Students During COVID-19 Pandemic
As policymakers plan for school reopening in the fall, Young Audiences Arts for Learning joined 52 other national organizations in a statement that supports an arts education for all students. In the statement, “Arts Education Is Essential,” the signing organizations convey that the arts have already played a pivotal and uplifting role during the COVID-19 health crisis, and that arts education can help all students, including those who are in traditionally underrepresented groups, as they return to school next year.
As part of our ongoing Resilience Through the Arts series, Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is pleased to spotlight the efforts of our peers in the field as they uplift and sustain student learning in the arts during these challenging times.
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.
Professional Learning Travel Award Recipient Harlan Brownlee Reflects on Recent Visit to Young Audiences of Louisiana
Attendees of the 2019 YA National Conference, held in Houston, were invited to apply for the opportunity to travel to a Young Audiences affiliate location of their choosing in support of their professional learning, with travel vouchers provided by our partners at Southwest Airlines. One of those recipients, Harlan Brownlee from Kansas City Young Audiences, details his experience attending the Comprehensive Arts-Integrated School Model Leadership Institute at Young Audiences of Louisiana.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Receives Grant from The NAMM Foundation to Support 2020 Nonprofit Management Institute
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. This award will be used to support, sustain, and expand The NAMM Foundation Nonprofit Management Institute, which has been organized and implemented by Young Audiences for the past three consecutive years. Held annually in conjunction with The NAMM Show, the Nonprofit Management Institute serves a wide range of organizations supporting music learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Included in the NEA's second major funding announcement for FY19 is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) to support the National Professional Learning Series, a year-long professional development program for teaching artists, staff, and executive leaders in the field of arts in education.
In celebration of YA Week , a congressionally designated arts advocacy initiative, we are pleased to spotlight two new studies, which affirm that access and exposure to the arts not only boost students’ academic performance, but also strengthen their social and emotional development. According to research carried out in Houston-area and Baltimore City schools, and involving programs of Young
Young Audiences Announces Four New Recipients of National Residency Teaching Artist Credential for 2019
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of its National Residency Teaching Artist Credential (TAC), a new initiative that articulates what high-quality arts-based instruction looks like in K-12 school-based residencies and formally endorses teaching artists who embody excellence in four competency areas: Artistry, Instruction, Preparation & Planning, and Community.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning's 2019 National Conference will be held April 3-5 in Houston, Texas. This year's conference, No Limits: Supporting Children with Learning Differences, will address timely issues such as inclusion, accessibility, and the role of the arts in supporting young people with special needs.
YA of Louisiana Awarded US$2.3 Million Grant to Boost Arts Education at Six Jefferson Parish Schools
Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley and Young Audiences National Executive Director David Dik announced that six JPPSS schools are taking part in a new 4-year, $2.3 million grant awarded to Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) to create an arts-integrated educational model that advances student achievement. Additionally, the project will deliver national access to model curriculum and materials through a distance learning platform administered by Young Audiences, Inc. Research from the JPPSS partnership will help elevate the effectiveness of arts...
Atlanta-Based ArtsNow Wins AAEDD Grant To Fund smART Literacy! Program in Georgia, South Carolina Schools
ArtsNow has been awarded more than US$2.27 million over four years to fund its smART Literacy! program in four elementary schools in Georgia and South Carolina. Notably, ArtsNow is one of three Young Audiences affiliates to be awarded AAEDD grants for FY18, among just 22 winning projects culled from more than 90 applications.
YA Network affiliates Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA), ArtsNow Learning (ArtsNow), and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), have each been awarded more than US$2.25 million in funding over four years to advance pioneering projects in the arts integration field. These winning initiatives represent three out of only 22 AAEDD grants awarded for FY18, culled from more than 90 applications.
Empire State Building Hosts Pharrell Williams in Support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and The Yellow Ball, in Partnership with American Express
MEDIA ALERT WHO : Pharrell Williams, Grammy-Award Winning Musician David Dik , National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Elizabeth Rutledge , Chief Marketing Officer, American Express WHAT : Pharrell Williams will participate in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and The Yellow Ball, in partnership with
A4L Southwest Florida and Atlanta-Based ArtsNow Launch Partnership To Expand Arts-Integrated Learning Opportunities for Collier County Students
Young Audiences is pleased to announce a new partnership between Young Audiences affiliates Arts for Learning Southwest Florida and ArtsNow Learning, which will bring expanded arts-integrated learning opportunities to schools in Collier County, Florida.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is thrilled to announce that it will serve as philanthropic beneficiary for The Yellow Ball , to be co-hosted by American Express and Pharrell Williams , which will be held September 10, 2018 , at The Brooklyn Museum . We thank American Express and Pharrell for their generous support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and their shared commitment to raising
“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
A few weeks ago, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia announced their 2017 Sunburst Awards. Below are the list of the winners: Teaching Artist of the Year: Janelle Smith-Ings Performing Artist of the Year: Sarah Osbourn Brady Volunteer of the Year: Judy Gutterman Educator of the Year: Melissa Mitchell Education Partner of the Year: Newport News Public Schools Business Partner of the Year:
“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
Teachers College at Columbia University's Teaching Artist Certificate Program is like no other. Because of this, Young Audiences of New York has been able to work with amazing teaching artists that bring positive influence in the classroom through art. Posted on the Teachers College Website , the article talks about what makes this program so succesful and how YANY has benefited from it. Read the
Join Think 360 as they present the Institue for Creative Teaching happening June 20-23! Think 360 partners with the University of Denver's Morgridge School of Education to offer an in-depth week-long summer institute that includes the theory and practice of arts intergration. This program offers educators, artists, and administrators to: Reignite passion for teaching and find renewed joy in the
A Gala Like No Other! Young Audiences’ Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom Benefit is April 22nd in Princeton Back by popular demand, Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom V, Dancing Through the Decades will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6pm-11pm at the Princeton Hyatt and will benefit Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The event will include Young Audiences’ version of a “Dancing With The
Young Audiences of Rochester and Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation Unite to Advance Urban Arts Education Alliance
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
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
Celebrate arts in education this week with Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Americans for the Arts, and your local schools!
Jones Soda and YA: Inspiring Students Through Photography - An interview with Teaching Artist Ryan Upp
Jones Soda Co. and Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) began their partnership in early 2014 with the Launch of the Jones Soda Photography Program. This partnership highlights the emphasis that both organizations place on the importance of the arts and arts education to our students. From the start, Jones Soda established the importance of the arts to both its corporate culture and visual
The Importance of Out-of-School Time Learning: A Q&A with YA Professional Learning Institute Participants
With a growing emphasis on using in-school instruction time to grow and sustain standardized test scores, the out-of-school (OST) time arena has become increasingly more important in balancing out our students’ education. Out-of-school time programming allows students to enhance standard in-school curricula with more expansive and varied experiences, and promote increased learning outside of the
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
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
Area students learned how reading and writing are the keys to success through dance, theater and music composition. Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia partnered with Newport News Public Schools’ extended learning program, WE LEAP, to bring interactive, arts-infused education opportunities to students through their Spectacular Saturdays programs.
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.
JONES Soda Co and the Young Audiences Arts for Learning are proud to announce the Cleveland photo curriculum winner - Hunter A. See his stunning photo above. Congrats to Hunter, and every student who participated in this 10-week photography residency!
On Thursday, April 14, Growing up with the Arts will kick off with an engaging keynote conversation which will provide attendees with an opportunity to view and reflect upon the perspectives of three generations of arts makers and arts leaders. Special guest speakers Tarell Alvin McCraney, American playwright, actor and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow; Deborah Margol, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade County
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.
A Question & Answer Preview: Growing up with the Arts National Conference Keynote Speaker – Alberto Carvalho
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 Partnership Celebrates Student Achievement & Arts Programs in SD Schools
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,
Examining changes in policy and advances in practice. Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center Grapevine, Texas. Call for Proposals Open Until May 1, 2016! Education is gearing up for change. Driven by the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as Every Student Succeeds (ESSA), this legislative shift at the federal level marks a significant opportunity for arts
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
YA Spotlight: Fashion Photographer and #YAAfterparty Co-chair Sophie Elgort Talks YA, Photography & Artistic Inspiration
Sophie Elgort is a fashion photographer born and raised in New York City. She began snapping photos from a young age, inspired by her father, photographer Arthur Elgort. She studied at Brown University and spent summers experiencing all angles of the fashion industry, learning from the best including Azzedine Alaïa and Vogue.
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.
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
Press Release: Featuring a Live Raffle with Great Prizes Donated by Young Audiences’ Official Airline Partner, Southwest Airlines®
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
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.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued a call for high school arts educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts during the 2015-2016 school year. MCAs are curriculum-embedded performance-based assessment examples that are designed to model standards-based arts assessment and
Young Audiences New York partners with Charleston County School District to bring a Social Justice Professional Development Workshop to Charleston
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.
YA National Staff Co-Present at the AEP 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success
This week in Arlington, Virginia, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success is in full swing. Some of the nation’s most influential arts and education leaders will convene to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
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.
By Jay Cady, Teaching Artist at Kansas City Young Audiences STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Science) was a hot topic at the 2015 Young Audiences National Conference in Kansas City. It was mentioned at nearly every event I attended, including the keynote address from Jane Chu, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. (My favorite statistic she cited was that Nobel Laureates are 17
Building pARTnerships Through Community Connections: The Right Brain Initiative and the Art of Collaboration
Through Right Brain, “students develop the skills of 21st century learners that can help them become the imaginative thinkers and innovators of the next generation” (Palmer Wolf, 2014). Integrating the arts into daily classroom experience accommodates multiple learning styles, facilitates cross-cultural understanding, and has shown to increase motivation, perseverance, and engagement among at-risk youth.
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
Building Partnerships through Community Connections addresses pertinent issues in the arts-in-education field, such as developing sustainable community partnerships, strengthening advocacy efforts, and creating large-scale programs that demonstrate the power of collective impact.
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
Attended by arts organization staff from around the country, Building Partnerships through Community Connections, a three day national arts-in-education conference, will take place April 23-25, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. Building Partnerships is hosted by Kansas City Young Audiences and Arts Partners, Wichita, affiliates of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.
“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...
Think 360 Arts for Learning works with Turnaround Arts Initiative to Bring Arts Integration to Schools
The arts have been linked with numerous academic benefits that help to rectify the disparity of achievement that traditionally exists between students in high poverty areas and their more financially able peers. In a 2012 study, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth, by Catterall, J.S., Dumais, S.A. & Hampden-Thompson, it was found that students with low socioeconomic status but high arts
Jones Soda and Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) announce their partnership with the launch of the Jones Soda Photography Curriculum, which was created to teach kids about the art of photography. Jones Soda is a leading premium beverage company known for its variety of flavors and innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers.
Professional Learning Seminar at the Woodruff Arts Center Kicks Off a National Yearlong Arts Integrated Initiative
The seminar will be attended by over 50 educators, teaching artists, school administrators, and organizational leaders from across the country, making it one of the most significant professional learning seminars ever held for the Arts for Learning curriculum. The Arts for Learning initiative is made possible by JCPenney Cares and its customers who generously donated a portion of their transactions last August to benefit the arts in education.
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
Happy Holidays to all! During this time of giving and holiday cheer, Young Audiences affiliates are in full swing bringing the arts to children across the country. One such program that fully embodies the spirit of the season is the Houston Healing Arts Program organized by Young Audiences of Houston. For the past 13 years, Young Audiences of Houston has been partnering with children’s hospitals
Bringing Arts Equity and Access to CT classrooms: A4L Connecticut Launches Arts in Education Initiative
97% of business leaders rate creativity as increasingly important in the U.S. workplace, but 85% of these employers say that can’t find the creative applicants they seek. ( Navigator: Facts & Figures by Americans for the Arts and Vans Custom Culture – from Ready to Innovate by Lichtenberg, J., Wiick, C., & Wright, M. (2008) ). Countless studies show that the arts promote creativity,
Young Audiences of Northeast Texas will be offering a program that will give local artists the opportunity to receive training to cultivate the skills necessary to create arts-integrated residencies to offer at local schools. A residency is a sequential series of classroom visits by one artist, designed to help students gain proficiency in a particular art form by immersing them in a long-term
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.
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 Audiences of Northeast Texas Partners with Kennedy Center to Provide Arts-Integration Training for Teachers
Amy Baskin stated that "the purpose of bringing in Ms. Erickson was to partner with the schools to increase the capacity of the teachers to use art as a teaching strategy," and that "students who have high exposure to the arts are five times less likely to drop out of school and two times more likely to be able to go to college."
"I believe that being situated in Arizona puts our organization at a great advantage. Although located in the poorest County in the State, AZ Arts Standards has been fully supportive and has even created endorsements in the areas of dance, music, theatre and visual arts."
Young Audiences of Western New York Announces the 7th Annual Patricia Cotsen Arts Abilities Conference
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
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.
The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences are thrilled to present the inaugural TODDLER TAKEOVER: an arts festival for the very young, May 31-June 2, 2014, at the Woodruff Arts Center. This one-of-a-kind experience will feature performances of all six original productions of the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young, the debut of the Atlanta Symphony'
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
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is proud to announce that the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) will be joining the YA National network as its 30th affiliate.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning has joined the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) as a leadership governance organization. NCCAS, a coalition of national arts and education organizations and other representatives, is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary, researched-based arts education standards. These arts education standards will build on the foundation
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
Young Audiences New Jersey is merging with its sister organization, Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. This unity not only attempts to compensate for the budget cuts but to reach out to a much bigger number of students. Larry Capo, the Executive Director stated that the goal of the merger was to “reach every child with a quality arts education every year” through programs offered to schools
June 25-29, 2012 Think 360 Arts and Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver recently held the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado (AEIC), an intensive summer professional development training in arts integration. AEIC is designed for school administrators and K-12 teachers in all content areas to discover teaching techniques that equip students with 21st century skills.