Announcing the Recipients of the 2016 Affiliate Development Fund (ADF) Grant

Now in its seventh year, the Affiliate Development Fund (ADF) provides an opportunity to help build the capacity of affiliates and the entire YA organization in order to establish ideas that can serve as best practices for the YA Network and the field. Additionally, the fund encourages and supports innovative strategies in all areas of organizational development for the betterment of the network and the young people we serve.

The Affiliate Development Application review panel met in New York City on March 17, 2016. The adjudicating panelists were: New York based arts-in-education consultants Carol Sterling and Greg McCaslin, and Lynn Tuttle, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

After a highly competitive selection process with over 17 applications, we are excited to announce the recipients of the 2016 ADF grants! Each of the selected proposals will be awarded $25,000:


Arts for Learning Miami - South Florida Expansion

The goal of this project is to facilitate a three year, tri-county expansion of the Wolf Trap Early Learning program. Arts for Learning Miami is currently entering year two of the project and seeks to expand implementation of the program by training new artists, transforming classrooms into creative havens for learning, and placing more residency programs in schools throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. 


Young Audiences of Houston - Arts Access Initiative, Collective Impact

The goal of this project is to establish a multi-sector Steering Committee and Working Groups to help propel the Arts Access Initiative towards a vision for equitable, sustainable, and high-quality arts access for all Houston children.



Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington - Live SET: From Pilot to Prototype

Live SET: From Pilot to Prototype is a project to develop and expand the recently piloted Live Sound Engineering for Teens program into a sustainable Young Audiences model for out-of school STEAM/workforce development programming.


Additionally, this year, Affiliate Support Fund grants in the amount of $3,500 were awarded to two affiliates: Arts for Learning Indiana, and Young Audiences of Abilene to recognize new pilot initiatives in such areas as marketing, communications, community building, and outreach.



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