At Young Audiences Arts for Learning, we are taking an opportunity for reflection as we begin the new year. 2020 was incomparably difficult and painful, yet it has also issued a call to action and brought forth the beginnings of necessary change. While systemic racism and inequity are a daily lived experience for many of us, they can no longer be denied by those of us who have benefited from an unjust system.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Supports Five Equity-Focused Initiatives Through FY21 Affiliate Development Fund
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to award five Affiliate Development Fund grants for FY21 to support initiatives across the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network that address issues of racial justice impacting historically marginalized communities.
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (YAOW), Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Portland-based affiliate, is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will oversee organizational leadership, vision, and strategy, which they will shape in partnership with a diverse and engaged set of stakeholders.
Samantha is looking forward to using her love of theater, education, and accessibility as YA's fall intern. Originally from Southern California, she moved to Rochester, NY in 2008 for school, stayed for work, and recently moved to NYC in August 2019 to get her Master's in Performing Arts Administration at New York University. She started attending theater performances as a kid and fell in love!
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Joins 1000+ Cultural Organizations and Creative Workers to Propose Plan for Putting Creative Workers to Work After Pandemic
Young Audiences has signed on in support of a 15-action national recovery strategy that the next Administration can use to put creative workers to work—activating the creative economy and drawing upon the creative energies of the country’s 5.1 million creative workers to energize Americans, reimagine how communities can thrive, and improve the lives of all.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Welcomes New Director of Strategic Partnerships & Network Relations, Melissa Gawlowski Pratt
We are pleased to announce that Melissa Gawlowski Pratt will join Young Audiences' national staff as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Network Relations. In this role, Melissa will lead the development and implementation of strategic partnerships and programs within the Young Audiences network and the arts education field-at-large. A passionate believer in the right for all people to access the arts, Melissa brings to Young Audiences more than 15 years of experience managing arts education programs and teams.
YA Affiliates Across the Country Join Together In Support of Unified Statement: ‘Arts Education Is Essential’
We’re proud to announce that twenty affiliates of Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) have signed on in support of ‘ Arts Education Is Essential . ’ This u nified statement conveys the importance of arts education for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, a s policymakers and educational leaders make plans to reopen schools across the country this fall. Principles detailed in the
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Joins 52 Other National Organizations to Support Arts Education as Essential for Students During COVID-19 Pandemic
As policymakers plan for school reopening in the fall, Young Audiences Arts for Learning joined 52 other national organizations in a statement that supports an arts education for all students. In the statement, “Arts Education Is Essential,” the signing organizations convey that the arts have already played a pivotal and uplifting role during the COVID-19 health crisis, and that arts education can help all students, including those who are in traditionally underrepresented groups, as they return to school next year.
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.
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!
Young Audiences Arts for Learning announces the addition of two new members to its National Board of Directors. The newly elected trustees, Marguerite “Rite” Moisio and Robert Sprung, join the esteemed business, educational, artistic, and philanthropic leaders who sit on the National Board of Young Audiences Arts for Learning.
We’re pleased to announce that Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s 2019 Gala on October 29th will feature a performance by Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver! Vicci and Emily attended our 2018 Gala and we are thrilled that they will be joining us again this year to perform and honor their friend and “Orange is the New Black” castmate, Joel Marsh Garland.
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.
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.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Receives Grant from The NAMM Foundation to Support 2020 Nonprofit Management Institute
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. This award will be used to support, sustain, and expand The NAMM Foundation Nonprofit Management Institute, which has been organized and implemented by Young Audiences for the past three consecutive years. Held annually in conjunction with The NAMM Show, the Nonprofit Management Institute serves a wide range of organizations supporting music learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
This summer, the National Office of Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) welcomed summer intern Josie Blatt, a rising Junior and Sociology Major at Hamilton College. On the last day of her internship, we sat down with Josie to learn more about what drew her to Young Audiences, from her passion for the arts to her college studies. Josie shared what she learned and accomplished at YA, and how she will carry those lessons into her future work.
We are pleased to congratulate the recipients of Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s Professional Learning Travel Award – Harlan Brownlee , Matt Barinholtz , Rovion Reed , and Tara Graviss – who will be traveling to YA Network affiliate locations in support of their professional learning. Travel will be provided by our partner, Southwest Airlines . The recipients chose their respective travel
Included in the NEA's second major funding announcement for FY19 is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) to support the National Professional Learning Series, a year-long professional development program for teaching artists, staff, and executive leaders in the field of arts in education.
As a member of the Title IV-A Coalition, we offer the following response to the House’s FY 2020 LHHS-Ed appropriations bill, which includes $1.32 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Young Audiences to Provide Project Management, Communications Support to SEADAE as Part of New Agreement
SEADAE and Young Audiences announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Young Audiences will provide communications, data collection, technology, daily operations, and project management support services to SEADAE.
New York, NY (April 12, 2019) -- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) has introduced a Resolution to the House of Representatives designating the weeks of April 14 through 27, 2019, as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week) . The designation of YA Week will honor the contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has made to schools nationwide through arts-in-education
Young Audiences Announces Four New Recipients of National Residency Teaching Artist Credential for 2019
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of its National Residency Teaching Artist Credential (TAC), a new initiative that articulates what high-quality arts-based instruction looks like in K-12 school-based residencies and formally endorses teaching artists who embody excellence in four competency areas: Artistry, Instruction, Preparation & Planning, and Community.
The YA Network will celebrate YA Week April 14-27, 2019, to raise awareness and support for arts-in-education. 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 supporters.
We are pleased to announce the launch of Learn.YA.org, Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s new Moodle project. The new home of YA’s learning management system (LMS), Learn.YA.org replacing YAMoodle.org, and extending the platform’s capabilities with new features, a streamlined navigation experience, and security upgrades.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning's 2019 National Conference will be held April 3-5 in Houston, Texas. This year's conference, No Limits: Supporting Children with Learning Differences, will address timely issues such as inclusion, accessibility, and the role of the arts in supporting young people with special needs.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s 66th Annual Gala will feature a performance by the world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC). Celebrated as a model of both artistic excellence and cultural diversity, YPC provides children of all backgrounds with a unique program of musical education and choral performance. It aspires to fulfill each child’s creative potential while enriching the community at large.
At Young Audiences’ 66 th Annual Gala , we are pleased to honor two of YA’s most dedicated trustees: L. Jan Robertson and Nathan W. Pearson, Jr., (Bill) for their exemplary leadership and service to the YA network. Jan and Bill have played key roles, on both the national and affiliate boards, as leaders and policy makers. We are proud to recognize their work in helping to make Young Audiences the
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) today announced the launch of its National Residency Teaching Artist Credential (TAC) program, a new initiative that articulates what effective, high quality teaching artistry looks like in K-12 school-based residencies, and formally endorses exceptional teaching artists who embody excellence in four competency areas: Artistry, Instruction, Preparation & Planning, and Community.
Empire State Building Hosts Pharrell Williams in Support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and The Yellow Ball, in Partnership with American Express
MEDIA ALERT WHO : Pharrell Williams, Grammy-Award Winning Musician David Dik , National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Elizabeth Rutledge , Chief Marketing Officer, American Express WHAT : Pharrell Williams will participate in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and The Yellow Ball, in partnership with
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is thrilled to announce that it will serve as philanthropic beneficiary for The Yellow Ball , to be co-hosted by American Express and Pharrell Williams , which will be held September 10, 2018 , at The Brooklyn Museum . We thank American Express and Pharrell for their generous support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and their shared commitment to raising
New York, NY (March 26, 2018) — Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) on March 22, 2018, introduced a resolution of support designating the weeks of March 25 and April 1 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week). The designation of YA Week will honor the contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has made to schools nationwide through
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), a tireless supporter of the arts and longtime advocate for YA and the arts-in-education field. She passed away early this morning in Washington, DC after sustaining an injury last week, according to a statement issued by her staff on March 16, 2018. A former blues and jazz singer
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to announce that its annual advocacy and awareness campaign, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week), will take place March 25 – April 7, 2018.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is pleased to announce that our Affiliate Young Audiences of Western New York (Young Audiences WNY) has appointed Michael Weidrich as its new Executive Director. For more than 50 years, Young Audiences WNY has been carrying out its mission to make the visual, performing, and literary arts a part of young people's lives in order to enhance their development as
Young Audiences of Rochester and Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation Unite to Advance Urban Arts Education Alliance
Young Audiences of Rochester, NY and Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation are pleased to announce an exciting partnership. They will introduce and provide a broad range of arts programming that engage multigenerational clients of Rochester's settlement houses, who often do not have access to a diverse variety of arts experiences. The Urban Arts Education Alliance will serve the member
Nicole Fix joined Young Audiences Arts for Learning in July 2014 as Director of Finance. Through her company, Fix Strategies LLC, Nicole has provided fiscal and strategic consultation services to numerous non-profit and cultural organizations in New York. Prior to founding Fix Strategies, Nicole co-founded the award-winning New York theater company, Page 73 Productions, where she served as
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New York, NY (August 27, 2012, 11 a.m. EDT) - To celebrate Young Audiences Arts for Learning's 60 th anniversary, the national office launched an interactive web site that will foster communication within the Young Audiences (YA) network and beyond. The YA web site ( www.youngaudiences.org ) is designed to strengthen and serve YA's online audience. It was developed by rayogram, a company that
By Mary Nass On Saturday evening July 28th, fifteen talented dancers and drummers from Young Audiences of Louisiana's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at Woodmere and Lincoln Elementary Schools took to the stage of the Los Angeles Music Center in front of a crowd of 3,197 enthusiastic arts supporters. The Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Hollywood
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
Young Audiences Arts for Learning has reached a significant milestone in 2012: Its 60th Anniversary. The Leadership Conference is a special event in recognition of this milestone. This year, the Leadership conference sessions will be held at The Princeton Club of New York on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16 and The Yale Club on Saturday, November 17. This Leadership conference is
Marcus joined Young Audiences as the Communications Associate this March - he will help manage YA's new Website in addition to press outreach. He previously worked at the Brooklyn Museum publicizing special exhibitions and the Museum's Public Programs including the popular Target First Saturdays. Marcus grew up in Maryland and moved to New York to work on his BFA at the Cooper Union. When he is