About Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Our mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.


Established in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is the nation's largest arts-in-education learning network, serving more than 5 million children and youth each year in more than 7,000 schools and community centers across the country. 

The YA Network is comprised of 30 affiliates, each seperate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, which are dedicated to delivering arts-integrated programming and impacting arts-in-education policies and practices at the local level. Explore our network

YA advocates for the YA Network and arts-in-education field at the national level, culminating with an annual advocacy campaign National Young Audiences Week (YA Week), each spring.

YA connects exceptional teaching artists with classroom teachers to provide in-depth arts residencies that raise academic and artistic achievement, while enhancing and developing learning skills that translate across curriculums.

Learn more about our headquarters in New York City, the National Office of Young Audiences Arts for Learning.