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.
An annual, three-day professional learning event, ArtsNow’s Foundational Seminar invites teams of K-8 educators from across the Southeastern United States to explore arts-integrated, standards-aligned instructional strategies that promote student learning, innovation, and achievement. This year’s Foundational Seminar, delivered via dynamic, Zoom-based virtual sessions, continued ArtsNow’s tradition of inspiring teachers to nurture creativity as they plan for the upcoming school year - whatever it may look like.
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.
We’re pleased to share a compelling video series highlighting YA affiliate Arts for Learning Indiana’s third space project. Made possible through generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. , the program is designed to interject museum-quality works of art into the school environment and curriculum, through the temporary installation of artwork created by renowned local artists. The third space
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.
We are deeply proud of and inspired by the efforts of our affiliates as they navigate new realities and forge new and innovative ways of expanding student learning through the arts. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing these stories of support and resilience that are emerging from across the Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, October 22 nd , Young Audiences Charter School (YACS) broke ground on its new state-of-the-art facility at 1000 Burmaster Street in Gretna, Louisiana. Serving students from Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), YACS is the school division of Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA), Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s New Orleans-based affiliate. Located at the site of a former
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.
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.”
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
Christopher Sheard , from Young Audiences of Louisiana , was honored at Yale School of Music’s 2019 Symposium on Music in Schools . He was invited to New Haven, CT, where he accepted the Yale Distinguished Teaching Artist Award on Friday, June 14. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in music education and highlights Sheard’s contributions to the field of teaching artistry. Sheard is an
Tara Graviss, executive director of Arts for Learning San Diego, was profiled in a May 18, 2019, Q&A published in The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the article, titled “Promoting the Power of Art Within Everyone,” Graviss discusses the history of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) network and her role leading its southern California affiliate.
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
Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE), Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Chicago-based affiliate, was recently awarded US$2.3 million by the US Department of Education, in the form of an Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD) grant. The award will fund a four-year program called STEAM Ahead. CAPE will partner with the Park Forest-Chicago Heights School
An executive arts management position is now available at Arts for Learning Connecticut, Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Connecticut affiliate. To apply, please send a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and contact information for three references to by February 28, 2019.
Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley and Young Audiences National Executive Director David Dik announced that six JPPSS schools are taking part in a new 4-year, $2.3 million grant awarded to Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) to create an arts-integrated educational model that advances student achievement. Additionally, the project will deliver national access to model curriculum and materials through a distance learning platform administered by Young Audiences, Inc. Research from the JPPSS partnership will help elevate the effectiveness of arts...
The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Cleveland, Ohio, affiliate, is seeking a visionary, dynamic and innovative Director of Programs to design and lead arts education programming and create new opportunities for young people through the arts.
We are pleased to share a double dose of wonderful news from our affiliate, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania! Last week, the organization was awarded two matching grants totaling $600,000 to help improve student attendance in two New Jersey schools.
CAL marked the occasion with a free Family Arts Festival, inviting local community members into the new space at 1450 E. 105th Street to catch a glimpse of the imaginative arts-inspired programming it will bring to Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.
ArtsNow has been awarded more than US$2.27 million over four years to fund its smART Literacy! program in four elementary schools in Georgia and South Carolina. Notably, ArtsNow is one of three Young Audiences affiliates to be awarded AAEDD grants for FY18, among just 22 winning projects culled from more than 90 applications.
YA Network affiliates Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA), ArtsNow Learning (ArtsNow), and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), have each been awarded more than US$2.25 million in funding over four years to advance pioneering projects in the arts integration field. These winning initiatives represent three out of only 22 AAEDD grants awarded for FY18, culled from more than 90 applications.
Our Virginia affiliate, Young Audiences of Virginia (YAV) is looking for a Development Manager to work in partnership with their CEO to plan, lead, organize, and execute strategies to raise funds from a variety of sources.
Young Audiences is pleased to announce a new partnership between Young Audiences affiliates Arts for Learning Southwest Florida and ArtsNow Learning, which will bring expanded arts-integrated learning opportunities to schools in Collier County, Florida.
The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s Cleveland, Ohio-based affiliate, is one of 79 non-profit organizations selected to host a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, an honor the organization has received for a second consecutive year. Residents in Cuyahoga County will have the opportunity to participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read
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
YA-WNY’s YA Week celebrations were recognized by several prominent government officials and congressional stakeholders.
Young Audiences’ Southern California-based affiliate, Arts for Learning San Diego (A4LSD), celebrated YA Week with longstanding partner, Ocean Beach Elementary (OBE), at the school’s spring Carnival event.
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week 2018 (YA Week) was celebrated across the YA Network from March 25 – April 7. In one of YA Week’s highlights, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington pushed musical boundaries with a collaborative performance featuring the talents of the Camas High School choir.
Young Audiences Ar ts for L earning congratulates our St. Louis, MO affiliate , Springboard to Learning , on receiving a 2018 What’s Right with the Region award from FOCUS St. Louis . Springboard to Learning is one of 20 individuals, organizations, and initiatives honored by FOCUS St. Louis for their impact on and their service to the bi-state region. Springboard to Learning is one of four
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is pleased to congratulate YA Affiliate Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington on its selection to receive an Art Works grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the organization’s Teaching Artist Studio (TA Studio) program. Founded in 2013, the TA Studio is a professional development initiative serving teaching artists in Oregon and
This position is a unique opportunity to lead one of the most impactful nonprofit arts education organizations in Colorado! Think 360 Arts is searching for an energetic individual to lead the organization to the next level.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is pleased to announce that our Northeast Ohio affiliate, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), has been honored with the 2018 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio in the category of Arts Education. Presented annually by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, the Governor’s Awards showcase and celebrate Ohio artists, arts
Interested in leading a small (but M-I-G-H-T-Y!) non-profit that connects local teaching artists with local schools to give students opportunities to learn through the arts? Arts Partners helps make that a reality for dozens of local artists and over 25,000 kids every year! Are you passionate about local non-profits, the arts, or education? Do you get excited about leading, innovating, and growing an organization? Arts Partners announces the opening for the position of Executive Director.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to announce the addition of its newest affiliate, Atlanta-based ArtsNow.
Nick Cave, a widely celebrated multi-media and performance artist, is coming to Buffalo on August 18-20th to meet with key project partners and potential funders to begin planning Plenty, a year-long collaborative arts program designed to engage and connect a variety of social and cultural groups throughout the city of Buffalo.
Young Audiences of San Diego is now officially Arts for Learning San Diego! Along with their new name, Arts for Learning San Diego has also launched their new website: . Over 50 years, Arts for Learning San Diego (A4LSD), an affiliate of Young Audiences of San Diego (YASD) and the Young Audiences National Network, has dedicated itself to integrating the arts into the
What does the future of Young Audiences look like? The answer depends on those who lead the organization today - and those who will lead someday soon. T he emphasis on identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders is best illustrated by the Young Audiences Emerging Leadership Institute funded through a grant from the American Express Foundation. The impact ELI is making is best
Young Au diences of Massachusetts will be hosting the SmARTTalk Workshop at the Needham Public Library on October 29, 9:30am -11:30am! The workshop will be free and open to any educators that want to participate. SmARTTalk will feature Gail Zarren, the Project Director of Young Audiences of Massachusetts' Healing Arts for Kids hospital initiative, who will present and lead discussions on topics
Join Arts for Learning Connecticut, an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, on Saturday, October 18th for their 2nd Annual Art of Wine Night! The event will feature entertaining performances by artists from Ghana and Brazil, with music by Brian Gillie, and will include great food from Elis, including their signature Philly Steak rolls. Attendees will also have the opportunity to
The Intergalactic Nemesis merges comic book and radio play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience and a new art form: the Live-Action Graphic Novel. Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color and high-resolution comic book panels tell a hilarious action/
“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
Colorado Creative Industries will award Think 360 Arts $230,000 during the first year and a total of one million dollars over the four year period. Think 360 Arts is an affiliate of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.
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
Love chocolate? Great! Then join Arts for Learning Indiana for their annual Chocolate Festival at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Building on October 11th. The festival will run from 12 - 4pm and will feature samples from more than 20 of Indiana's finest dessert makers, live performances, and hands-on art workshops to enjoy. Some of the featured vendors include: Abbott's Candies
This grant will help support YACT's three week summer program, the New Britain, CT Summer Enrichment Experience...
In celebration of Arts in Education Week, on September 11th, 2012 Patxi's Pizza at 822 Irving Street in San Francisco is donating 10% of the location's sales to Young Audiences of Northern California! Take-out and delivery count too! All you have to do is make your purchase on September 11th from Patxi's Pizza at 822 Irving Street and 10% of the purchase will go to Young Audiences. Invite your
This coming Friday, September 14th is the YA of Connecticut's Fall Artist Showcase from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury. More than 70 artists will engage students in learning through their interactive performances and workshops.
Karim Nagi Mohammed will present an interactive Arabic Music and Dance performance on September 11th and 12th in Simsbury, CT. This will complete his tour of all four of the elementary schools in Simsbury reaching over 2,000 students and teachers! Karim is a native Egyptian who specializes in traditional Arabic music. He uses his traditional foundation to re-imagine the culture, discovering
Dance China NY at Riverfront Recapture Festival On Saturday, August 18 th the Dance China NY from NYC will bring China Patterns to the family stage at Riverfront Recapture Festival in Hartford at 12:30pm. Customs and patterns of life are illustrated in Chinese dances and songs including the Ribbon and Lion Dances. For more information, click here.
Young Audiences of San Diego will be warming hearts at their 8th Annual Summer Sol Fundraiser as they celebrate 49 years of waking minds via Arts for Learning in San Diego! Join YASD in honoring San Diego County Office of Education, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Ron Jessee. The night will be full of live music and entertainment, silent and live auctions, and an array of edible delights.
Save the Date! September 14 -15, 2012 Two days and two locations: September 14, 2012 At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston September 15, 2012 At Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston Everyday across Houston, schools are working collaboratively with local arts organizations to improve teaching and learning to help students reach their highest potential. How do these
In the 2011-12 school year, Young Audiences of Houston has expanded its Music 4 Everyone program to include two new facilities: Gardens Elementary in Pasadena ISD and Avondale House. Music 4 Everyone is an interventional music project that provides music activities to the special education students at low-income schools and professional development training for the classroom teachers and
On February 25, over 400 children and families came to Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center's (YAWAC) 4th Annual Mad Hatter Event. The Mad Hatter is a morning of hands-on art activities and artist performances and is a celebration of YAWAC's mission to transform the lives and learning of Georgia's young people through the arts. It is also YAWAC's largest fundraiser of the year. The children
Young Audiences of Indiana's Metlife Grant residency has officially launched this month with the first pilot in a local public school. This first residency is called "Stay in the Game: Visual Styles" and combines the arts of visual street art design and video game design while addressing issues of environmental awareness. Visual artist Holly Combs has introduced the students to her street art
Young Audiences of Virginia continues its partnership with Portsmouth Public Schools to provide after school programming to students at three different sites, from March through June. YAV's residencies take a diverse approach to engage the commitment of parents and work to engage them in their children's education and programming. This year, YAV is excited to introduce Dance Impact: ZumbAtomic®.
The students at Salish Ponds Elementary are getting science lessons that really move. Young Audiences has partnered with Portland based BodyVox dance company to bring a series of dance as science workshops to the Fairview school. (((embed video here))) BodyVox dancers are leading five sessions for all 515 students that combine science subjects like astronomy, botany, and physics with modern dance
NRG Energy Corporation, one of the leading energy companies in the world, awarded Young Audiences New Jersey a $75,000 grant to develop family arts festivals in schools or school districts around the State of New Jersey. The focus of these festivals is to explore the intersection of art and sustainability. The program, called NRG Energy Creatively Green, is in development with a team of YANJ
YANEO celebrated Young Audiences Week with "A Celebration of Arts in Education" at Cleveland City Hall with principals, teachers, parents and community arts partners. Performances by Art is Education schools featured dancers learning the water cycle, singing and dancing the fables, and a delightful community choir. Senator Sherrod Brown sent a video on the importance of art in education and
Young Audiences of Western New York is gearing up for a growth spurt! The already wide-reaching organization, which works with an estimated 60,000 young people every year, is leading a new effort called Arts Partners for Learning. This project, gigantic in scope and ambition, aims to integrate the arts into the lives of even more Western New York children, with programming to begin by fall 2012.
Young Audiences of Connecticut will host Chillin' With the Arts on April 12th from 6-8pm at FairHaven Furniture - The Alternative Furniture Store.
Springboard is gearing up for its 2012 Annual Gala, Minds in Motion. This inspiring evening will feature a silent auction, dinner, live entertainment by Springboard Teaching Artist Fanfare, and a live auction. All proceeds will benefit Springboard, the largest provider of arts-in-education programs in St. Louis. Fifth graders from Wyland Elementary (Ritenour School District) and Hudson Elementary