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 continue to monitor guidance and regulations regarding COVID-19, while prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s national and affiliate staff, trustees, teaching artists, educational partners, and of course, students. Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ‘New York On Pause’ order, the YA National Office has temporarily moved its operations online. We are committed to partnering with our network and the field-at-large as we navigate new realities and forge innovative ways to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.
Our Chicago affiliate just announced their extraordinary commitment to pay hourly CAPE teaching artists 75% of their teaching rate in compensation for their loss of instructional time during the coronavirus school shutdown. In recognition if the essential role that teaching artist play in carrying out the organization’s mission, CAPE has committed almost $100,000 from its organizational reserve fund to support their teaching artists through the end of this school year.
In light of recent updates regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone our National Conference in New Orleans until next spring. Please note that Arts From The Start: An Exploration of Early Learning will now be held March 17 – 19, 2021. We very much appreciate the continued enthusiasm and support we have received from conference registrants and presenters. We anticipate that rescheduling this conference will best enable us to present the dynamic convening we have planned, while safely welcoming as many attendees as possible to New Orleans!
We are proud to announce the addition of our newest affiliate, Pittsburgh-based Arts Ed Collaborative. Arts Ed Collaborative has been partnering with educators to unlock the transformative power of the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania since 1998. The organization provides professional learning programs for individual arts educators, works with school districts to strengthen K–12 arts programs, provides evaluation and consulting services, and organizes regional convenings that highlight innovative practices in arts education.