The Young Audiences 60th Anniversary National Conference: Site Visits

Friday, April 26, 2013

YANY Teaching Artist photo with 1st grade class. PS 205X

Image Caption: YANY Teaching Artist with 1st Grade Class. Photo courtesy Shulamit Seidler-Feller. 

On Friday, April 26, participants of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning 60th Anniversary National Conference will travel to a Young Audiences affiliate in the tri-state area to see the work we do firsthand. There are three exciting site visit options available:


 Arts for Learning, Connecticut - Arts and Abilities Symposium
Learn about the “Arts Impact on Persons with Different Abilities” from a panel of experts, including YA of Connecticut teaching artists and presenters from the CT National Association of Mental Illness and the CT Mental Health Foundation.  After lunch, join workshops on:  1. Creative Arts and Aging – experience models of Community Arts projects that impact sequential learning in elder populations; 2. The Studio Jams Model – how does creativity foster learning in young adults who are differently abled?  This workshop will highlight creativity using the sculpture and building process of “The Game.”  3.  Visual Art and Abilities – learn successful hands-on projects in photography and expressive painting.
• Young Audiences New Jersey - From Grantee to Partnerships: Developing Strategic Alliances
The day will focus on developing strategic partnerships with funders and other stakeholders.  We will explore levels of engagement and alignment of missions that move an organization from being a simple recipient of grants to being considered a critical and strategic partner.   Several initiatives have resulted from alliances of this type including: The Dodge Dance, a sequential dance curriculum created by YANJ/EP and being delivered by professional dance companies; NRG Creatively Green Family Arts Festivals, community events that focus on the intersection of art and sustainability; and the Emerging Artist Creativity Hub (EACH) a creative laboratory for emerging student artists in partnership with The College of New Jersey. Each will be explored in afternoon breakout sessions. Read more for a full schedule. 

• Young Audiences New York - Abundance in a Time of Scarcity: Urban Arts Education 

Spend a day experiencing YANY’s crusade to connect City kids with the City’s cultural capital. Participants will convene at the YANY offices in Midtown Manhattan at 1 E. 53rd for a buffet breakfast in the lobby and toast the organization’s 60-year history. Three field trips have been organized after breakfast to visit elementary (a yellow school bus field trip to P.S. 205X across the street from the Bronx Zoo to see a ceramics and puppet workshops), middle (a walk to the Alvin Ailey Studio in midtown to participate the dance world’s critically acclaimed Michael Mao’s company mini-ESL dance workshop) and high school (a bus ride to a the Abingdon Theatre to see American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life program in action) YANY arts education programs.

Conference participants will reconvene for networking and lunch followed by a session to push the boundaries about arts education program and funding.  YANY board member, “Celebrity” Principal, George Young from P.S. 46 in Harlem will kick off the session with his impassioned testimony about the power of the arts in education. Panelists will represent the role of government (Councilmember Ruben Wills from Queens), innovative funding (John MacIntosh from Sea Change Capital Partners), learning and technology (Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow), and cutting edge live arts (Stephanie Hughley, Vice President of Education and Humanities at the Brooklyn Academy of Music).  The first panel will be followed by an “expert” response panel of NYC Public School students who participate in YANY programs. 

Registration is now closed for the National Conference.

Please note these visits involve bus transportation, some walking, walking on uneven surfaces and stairs. If you anticipate needing any special arrangements or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Young Audiences, Inc.


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