Network Initiatives

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.
We are excited to join forces with the Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network and the field-at-large to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 13-19, 2020!
Young Audiences of Maryland's Summer Arts & Learning Academy has been recognized by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with its Excellence in Summer Learning Award, one of only three programs, culled from nearly 350 applicants, to earn the prestigious recognition for 2020.
An annual, three-day professional learning event, ArtsNow’s Foundational Seminar invites teams of K-8 educators from across the Southeastern United States to explore arts-integrated, standards-aligned instructional strategies that promote student learning, innovation, and achievement. This year’s Foundational Seminar, delivered via dynamic, Zoom-based virtual sessions, continued ArtsNow’s tradition of inspiring teachers to nurture creativity as they plan for the upcoming school year - whatever it may look like.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is excited to share our new partnership with Lasting Smiles® Organic and Sustainable “Lip Care that Cares”. Our partnership will increase accessible and sustainable funding for Young Audiences and support our mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts . Young Audiences is a cause close to the heart of Zoe Mesnik-Greene, the founder
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.
Congratulations to our friends at SEADAE (State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education) on the publication of their much-anticipated White Paper, STEAM and the Role of the Arts in STEM. The paper advocates for the inclusion of the arts with other STEM subjects as part of a well-rounded education, championing equitable access to arts instruction across the country.
As students face a summer unlike any before, we know that opportunities to combat 'summer slide' have never been more important. We continue our 'Resilience Through the Arts' column by spotlighting the efforts of YA affiliates to transform summer programming and provide students with valuable academic and social-emotional support.
We’re pleased to share a compelling video series highlighting YA affiliate Arts for Learning Indiana’s third space project. Made possible through generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. , the program is designed to interject museum-quality works of art into the school environment and curriculum, through the temporary installation of artwork created by renowned local artists. The third space
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
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.
As part of our ongoing Resilience Through the Arts series, Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is pleased to spotlight the efforts of our peers in the field as they uplift and sustain student learning in the arts during these challenging times.
We are deeply proud of and inspired by the efforts of our affiliates as they navigate new realities and forge new and innovative ways of expanding student learning through the arts. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing these stories of support and resilience that are emerging from across the Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network.
As we navigate the evolving challenges of social distancing, school closures, and virtual learning, we are committed to partnering with our national network and the arts-in-education community to forge new and innovative ways to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Over the coming weeks, we will be updating this page with curated resources and articles of interest for the artists, educators, nonprofits, and families, that are navigating this challenging time along with us.
We are proud to announce the addition of our newest affiliate, Pittsburgh-based Arts Ed Collaborative. Arts Ed Collaborative has been partnering with educators to unlock the transformative power of the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania since 1998. The organization provides professional learning programs for individual arts educators, works with school districts to strengthen K–12 arts programs, provides evaluation and consulting services, and organizes regional convenings that highlight innovative practices in arts education.
In its first major grant announcement of fiscal year 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has named the recipients of federal funding for arts projects. Included in the NEA’s announcement are three Young Audiences affiliates, who received Art Works grants ranging from $35,000 to $75,000. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington was awarded $35,000 to support its Teaching Artist
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.
On Tuesday, October 22 nd , Young Audiences Charter School (YACS) broke ground on its new state-of-the-art facility at 1000 Burmaster Street in Gretna, Louisiana. Serving students from Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), YACS is the school division of Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA), Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s New Orleans-based affiliate. Located at the site of a former
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.
Attendees of the 2019 YA National Conference, held in Houston, were invited to apply for the opportunity to travel to a Young Audiences affiliate location of their choosing in support of their professional learning, with travel vouchers provided by our partners at Southwest Airlines. One of those recipients, Harlan Brownlee from Kansas City Young Audiences, details his experience attending the Comprehensive Arts-Integrated School Model Leadership Institute at Young Audiences of Louisiana.
Our Gala on October 29, 2019, will honor actor and director Joel Marsh Garland, a dedicated supporter of the arts and loyal friend of Young Audiences. Joel's support of arts in education is rooted in the powerful impact that the arts have had on his education, development, career, and relationships throughout his life.
This week, September 8-14, 2019, Young Audiences Arts for Learning is excited to celebrate National Arts in Education Week! House Resolution 275 , passed by Congress in 2010, designates the second week in September as National Arts in Education Week , a time to tell the story of how the arts have impacted and enriched our nation's schools. To honor the occasion, schools and arts organizations
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 (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.
This week is National Summer Learning Week , a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. In honor of Summer Learning Week, we’re excited to spotlight just a few of the summer learning opportunities offered by our affiliates around the country! Arts for
Christopher Sheard , from Young Audiences of Louisiana , was honored at Yale School of Music’s 2019 Symposium on Music in Schools . He was invited to New Haven, CT, where he accepted the Yale Distinguished Teaching Artist Award on Friday, June 14. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in music education and highlights Sheard’s contributions to the field of teaching artistry. Sheard is an
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
Tara Graviss, executive director of Arts for Learning San Diego, was profiled in a May 18, 2019, Q&A published in The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the article, titled “Promoting the Power of Art Within Everyone,” Graviss discusses the history of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) network and her role leading its southern California affiliate.
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).
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.
In celebration of YA Week , a congressionally designated arts advocacy initiative, we are pleased to spotlight two new studies, which affirm that access and exposure to the arts not only boost students’ academic performance, but also strengthen their social and emotional development. According to research carried out in Houston-area and Baltimore City schools, and involving programs of Young
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.
Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE), Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Chicago-based affiliate, was recently awarded US$2.3 million by the US Department of Education, in the form of an Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD) grant. The award will fund a four-year program called STEAM Ahead. CAPE will partner with the Park Forest-Chicago Heights School
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.
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.
CAL marked the occasion with a free Family Arts Festival, inviting local community members into the new space at 1450 E. 105th Street to catch a glimpse of the imaginative arts-inspired programming it will bring to Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood.
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.
ArtsNow has been awarded more than US$2.27 million over four years to fund its smART Literacy! program in four elementary schools in Georgia and South Carolina. Notably, ArtsNow is one of three Young Audiences affiliates to be awarded AAEDD grants for FY18, among just 22 winning projects culled from more than 90 applications.
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
YA Network affiliates Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA), ArtsNow Learning (ArtsNow), and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), have each been awarded more than US$2.25 million in funding over four years to advance pioneering projects in the arts integration field. These winning initiatives represent three out of only 22 AAEDD grants awarded for FY18, culled from more than 90 applications.
We were pleased to welcome longtime supporters, new friends, dedicated volunteers, and colleagues from field to the Mandarin Oriental New York for Young Audiences' 66th Annual Gala.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15. Young Audiences will recognize and celebrate the transformative power of arts education through activities that honor the efforts of teachers, artists, and cultural groups working to make the arts a crucial part of education in the lives of community members.
Our Virginia affiliate, Young Audiences of Virginia (YAV) is looking for a Development Manager to work in partnership with their CEO to plan, lead, organize, and execute strategies to raise funds from a variety of sources.
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
The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s Cleveland, Ohio-based affiliate, is one of 79 non-profit organizations selected to host a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, an honor the organization has received for a second consecutive year. Residents in Cuyahoga County will have the opportunity to participate in Cleveland’s NEA Big Read
While school is out for summer and students are having fun in the sun, but not engaging in educational activities, many run the risk of falling behind once they return to classrooms in the fall. On average, children lose approximately two months of learning from the previous school year during summer months, and for low-income students, the loss is can be even greater. By fifth grade, summer
Young Audiences’ Southern California-based affiliate, Arts for Learning San Diego (A4LSD), celebrated YA Week with longstanding partner, Ocean Beach Elementary (OBE), at the school’s spring Carnival event.
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week 2018 (YA Week) was celebrated across the YA Network from March 25 – April 7. In one of YA Week’s highlights, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington pushed musical boundaries with a collaborative performance featuring the talents of the Camas High School choir.
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’s Affili-Nation column spotlights the hardworking individuals across the YA Network who make it possible for our affiliates to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our latest publication features Sarah Frazier from Young Audiences New York. Young Audiences New York (YANY), one of the YA Network’s longest-standing affiliates, recently
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’s Affili-Nation column spotlights the hardworking individuals across the YA network who make it possible for our affiliates to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our latest publication features Pam Walker from ArtsNow.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is pleased to congratulate YA Affiliate Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington on its selection to receive an Art Works grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the organization’s Teaching Artist Studio (TA Studio) program. Founded in 2013, the TA Studio is a professional development initiative serving teaching artists in Oregon and
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is pleased to announce that our Northeast Ohio affiliate, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), has been honored with the 2018 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio in the category of Arts Education. Presented annually by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, the Governor’s Awards showcase and celebrate Ohio artists, arts
For this edition of Throwback Thursday, we are taking a look at the history of an important piece of Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s graphic identity. A bright yellow sun, drawn in the classic simplicity of a child’s hand, has been the official symbol of Young Audiences since 1971. It is evocative of warmth, strength, growth, creativity, and imagination. The logo was designed by world