Young Audiences Arts for Learning Announces YA Week 2020: April 5-18

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA), the nation’s largest art-in-education network, will celebrate National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week), April 5-18, 2020.

An annual advocacy and awareness initiative first championed by Conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1971, YA Week has grown into a two-week celebration of arts-in-education observed each spring by the YA network, leaders in the field, and individual champions around the country.

Throughout YA Week, YA’s affiliates celebrate with local programs, open classrooms, and other outreach, with the goal of spotlighting for congressional stakeholders and the community the powerful impact of the arts on the education and development of our next generation of learners. Organizations and individual advocates alike are encouraged to participate in YA Week by addressing local leaders about the importance of arts-in-education, and by showing support on social media using #YAweek.

“YA Week is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the deep and demonstrable impact of an arts-integrated education. In addition to raising academic and artistic achievement, learning through the arts enhances students’ social emotional development, while fostering the creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills they need to flourish in and beyond the classroom,” said David A. Dik, National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning. “We are proud to work collectively with our affiliates each YA Week to bring national and local awareness to the importance of the arts within a complete and well-rounded education for all students.”

Explore our national network to learn more about our affiliates, listed below, and how you can get involved in your own community:

YOUNG AUDIENCES OF ABILENE, Abilene, TX
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF HOUSTON, Houston, TX
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF LOUISIANA, New Orleans, LA
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF MARYLAND, Baltimore, MD
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF MASSACHUSETTS, Boston, MA
YOUNG AUDIENCES NEW JERSEY & EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, Princeton, NJ
YOUNG AUDIENCES NEW YORK, New York, NY
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF NORTHEAST TEXAS, Tyler, TX
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, San Francisco, CA
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF OREGON & SW WASHINGTON, Portland, OR
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS, Beaumont, TX
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, Naples, FL
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA, Norfolk, VA
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF WESTERN NEW YORK, Buffalo, NY
KANSAS CITY YOUNG AUDIENCES, Kansas City, MO
ARTS FOR LEARNING CONNECTICUT, Hamden, CT
ARTS FOR LEARNING INDIANA, Indianapolis, IN
ARTS FOR LEARNING MIAMI, Miami, FL
ARTS FOR LEARNING SAN DIEGO, San Diego, CA
ARTS FOR LEARNING SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Nogales, AZ
ARTS PARTNERS WICHITA, Wichita, KS
ARKANSAS LEARNING THROUGH THE ARTS, Hot Springs Village, AR
ARTS ED COLLABORATIVE, Pittsburgh, PA
ARTS NOW LEARNING, Atlanta, GA
BIG THOUGHT, Dallas, TX
CENTER FOR ARTS-INSPIRED LEARNING, Cleveland, OH
CHICAGO ARTS PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION, Chicago, IL
SPRINGBOARD TO LEARNING, St. Louis, MO
THINK 360 ARTS FOR LEARNING, Denver, CO

For advocacy resources and more ways to get involved, please visit www.ya.org/YAweek or contact:

Emily House
Young Audiences Arts for Learning
212-860-1563 Ext. 104
emily@ya.org

Show your support on social media with #YAweek!
Facebook: Young Audiences – National
Instagram: @Young_Audiences
Twitter: @YoungAudiences_

About Young Audiences Arts for Learning
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) is the nation’s largest art-in-education network serving more than 5 million young people each year. Young Audiences works to support affiliated organizations that are each dedicated to playing a decisive role in young people’s personal, artistic, and educational development. Learn more about Young Audiences and our mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts at www.youngaudiences.org.

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