Gearing up for a growth spurt in Western New York


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.

To help set the organization on its new course, Young Audiences is inviting Western New Yorkers to the Sportsmen's Tavern at 8:30 p.m. Saturday for "Beats & Brews," its second annual fundraiser.

The main event is a performance by Taylor Made Jazz, founded 25 years ago by Van Taylor and a favorite of Young Audiences' students. Around 10 p.m., after Taylor Made's performance and a series of fundraising raffles, the new funk-jazz collective FunkBelly takes the stage, featuring what Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers called a "killer lineup".

"It's been a privilege and a joy to promote the arts with Young Audiences through a thing called jazz," Taylor said in a release. "I love showing students how jazz started, why it started, and demonstrating our group's contributions to the art form."

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