It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Young Audiences National Board Member emerita Anne Straus passed away on Friday, October 4th, at age 97 in her Manhattan home. Anne was a stalwart board member of indefatigable energy and commitment for many decades. Anne composed a short memoir about her time with Young Audiences to commemorate our 60th anniversary, which we share again today in her honor.
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’s 2019 Gala, honoring Joel Marsh Garland, was held on Tuesday, October 29th at The Mandarin Oriental New York. Thanks to our generous guests and gala donors, we raised meaningful funding to support innovative arts learning programs that raise academic and artistic achievement, while building skills for success in curricular endeavors, creative pursuits, and life itself. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the power of the arts to inspire young people and expand their learning.
Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s (YA) Northeast Ohio affiliate, the Center for Arts Inspired Learning (CAL), has been selected as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2019 Women of Note. The annual feature salutes a group of “inspiring women whose dedication and achievements enrich Northeast Ohio, its institutions and its people.”