Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Visits Young Audiences of Rochester Program


Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th District) is seeing first-hand how integral the arts are to improving student academic performance by paying a visit to Rochester Summer Scholars from 11-11:45 am on Friday, August 9, 2013 at the School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street, Rochester, NY.

Funded by the Wallace Foundation, and in the third year of partnering with the Rochester City School District, Young Audiences of Rochester (YA) is an arts enrichment partner, providing multidisciplinary arts experiences to over 200 rising third grade students. For over fifty years, Young Audiences has provided multidisciplinary arts experiences in conjunction with teaching and learning in-and-out of school.

Earlier, this Spring, Congresswoman Slaughter introduced a Resolution to the House of Representatives designating the week of March 24-31, 2013 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. This week honored the contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) affiliates, including Rochester, makes to schools nationwide through its arts-in-education programs and encouraged Americans to recognize the important contribution the arts make to society.

The House resolution, introduced by Representative Slaughter, co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus states “arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines… is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students”. The House resolution also emphasized that “arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills… which supports academic success nationwide as well as personal growth outside the classroom.”

Lydia Boddie-Rice, CEO, Young Audiences of Rochester states, “Young Audiences is pleased to celebrate our 50th and beyond anniversary in this exciting and affirming way with our esteemed Congresswoman. As a self supporting affiliate, we are a respected leader and catalyst for arts integration, inspiring and connecting artists, cultural and educational organizations and providing innovative teaching and life-long learning opportunities.”

For more information, please contact: 

Lydia Boddie-Rice, Chief Executive Officer of YA of Rochester

Telephone: 585.530.2060 X 209

Representative Louise Slaughter


Date of Event: 
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 11:00am
School of the Arts
45 Prince Street
14607 Rochester , NY
United States
New York US

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