Network Initiatives

Young Audiences of Maryland's Summer Arts & Learning Academy has been recognized by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with its Excellence in Summer Learning Award, one of only three programs, culled from nearly 350 applicants, to earn the prestigious recognition for 2020.
As students face a summer unlike any before, we know that opportunities to combat 'summer slide' have never been more important. We continue our 'Resilience Through the Arts' column by spotlighting the efforts of YA affiliates to transform summer programming and provide students with valuable academic and social-emotional support.
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.
This summer, the National Office of Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) welcomed summer intern Josie Blatt, a rising Junior and Sociology Major at Hamilton College. On the last day of her internship, we sat down with Josie to learn more about what drew her to Young Audiences, from her passion for the arts to her college studies. Josie shared what she learned and accomplished at YA, and how she will carry those lessons into her future work.
This week is National Summer Learning Week , a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. In honor of Summer Learning Week, we’re excited to spotlight just a few of the summer learning opportunities offered by our affiliates around the country! Arts for
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
While school is out for summer and students are having fun in the sun, but not engaging in educational activities, many run the risk of falling behind once they return to classrooms in the fall. On average, children lose approximately two months of learning from the previous school year during summer months, and for low-income students, the loss is can be even greater. By fifth grade, summer
SummerREADS July 10- Augus t 17 Serves Baltimore City Public Schools K-8 students. Kids and families alike are looking forward to six weeks of summer fun at seven beautifully renovated city schools libraries. We're getting ready to read with local hip-hop, dance, music, and theater artists! Students will participate in hands-on storytelling activities with help from special guests, including Art
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia (YAV) and Old Dominion University College of Education present 2017's Inspiring Teachers Conference! The Inspiring Teachers Conference is an unforgettable learning opportunity for teachers to energize their classroom methods, learn arts-integration techniques, and try different approaches to core curriculum through hands-on experiences with different art
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to present Summer Reads! To learn more about it, visit the website here !
Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, is looking for an intern to work in their summer programs Arts for Summer Learning, a rigorous literacy program that blends the creativity and discipline of the arts to raise student achievement in reading, and ArtForce, a high school apprenticeship program. They are looking for people who are interested in developing skills related to
Join Young Audiences of Houston as High School Mentors in our Come and Explore Summer Camp , helping introduce youth to arts-based and arts-integration programming in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Young Audiences of Houston is seeking enthusiastic rising High School Juniors and Seniors to join us as High School Mentors as part of our Come and Explore Summer Camp . The Young Audiences of
Are you looking for something to do this summer? ArtWorks will be hiring 30 youth for Summer 2017. Applications are due May 5th by 4pm . ArtWorks is a paid youth apprenticeship program in the arts for high school students ages 14-18 who reside in the City of Buffalo. This summer, Young Audiences of Western New York will hire student apprentices to work in teams to flex their creative muscles and
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
The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will kick off the conference and Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be the keynote speaker. YAMD will be presenting an exhibition of artwork created by Baltimore City School Students who participated in YAMD's Summer Arts Academy.
On August 12, Young Audiences of Western NY's ArtWorks Apprentices showcase a curated gallery of their original art.
Young Audiences N ortheast Texas has already worked for years with teaching artists and education professionals to create programs that enrich and foster development through the arts for children of all ages. But this year, they have expanded their focus to include another important group of students: the teaching artists themselves. YA Northeast Texas launched the Teaching Artist Training
For two weeks each summer, thousands of people flock to New Haven, Connecticut to experience the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Music, dance, theatrical performances, lectures, exhibits, and conversations take place in open spaces and theaters around the city, celebrating artists and thinkers from around the world. At this year's festival, Young Audiences Connecticut hosted two events
Today, June 19, is National Summer Learning Day! Just because school’s out doesn’t mean the learning stops, especially at Young Audiences Arts for Learning. The First Lady is excited about these next few months, and so are we. The summer is an important time for kids to try new things, catch up on skills, and spend time creating and exploring.
This summer, Young Audiences addressed summer learning loss by operating the first arts-integrated Baltimore City Public Schools summer school. The free program ensured that middle school students were engaged in hands-on learning and were ready to return to school in the fall confident in their abilities in math and science...
“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
This Saturday, September 6th, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Arts for Learning Miami- an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning- will be presenting the opening reception for their new exhibition entitled Synthesis. This exhibition will feature works of art by six high school students who are alumni of Arts for Learning Miami's Lewis Art Studio program. Synthesis will mark the culmination of the
Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates offer arts-based internship programs to help boost educational opportunities and job experience.
This grant will help support YACT's three week summer program, the New Britain, CT Summer Enrichment Experience...
Dallas City of Learning is a multi partner initiative that has turned Dallas into a citywide learning laboratory for young people this summer...
On Friday, August 9, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th District) visited a Young Audiences of Rochester Summer Scholars event to see first-hand how integral the arts are to improving student academic performance. The Summer Scholars presented a special culminating performance for Representative Slaughter at the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. This six week program brings rich arts
Summer is in full swing at the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. We have a whole list of fun, imaginative, and educational programming throughout the summer and across the country...
The Emerging Artists Creativity Hub (EACH) is a teen arts program designed specifically for young artists, ages 13-17, who are interested and gifted in the arts. It is intended for students to study and work in the arts far beyond the typical high school curriculum. Each week participants gather to explore multiple art forms and take creative risks in personal and collaborative art-making.
Young Audiences partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGMCA) to offer a one-week summer camp residency for 9-10 year old students at the Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club. The Words & Movement residency, consisting of six 60-minute sessions, encouraged students to explore the creative process through words and movement. The first session, led by YA roster artist, Tasha Jones,