Network Initiatives

This summer, Young Audiences of Abilene welcomed Talan Cobb as its new Executive Director. Operating as part of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council (ACAC), Young Audiences of Abilene brings together schools, communities, and professional teaching artists, creating programs that help make the arts an integral part of education for students in the community. We spoke with Talan about her
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
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 continue to monitor guidance and regulations regarding COVID-19, while prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s national and affiliate staff, trustees, teaching artists, educational partners, and of course, students. Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ‘New York On Pause’ order, the YA National Office has temporarily moved its operations online. We are committed to partnering with our network and the field-at-large as we navigate new realities and forge innovative ways to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.
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.
“We actually like to draw attention to the fact this is something for people who have lived experience [with mental illness]. There shouldn’t be any shame in it; it should be something people are appreciated for and [they should be] applauded for their openness.” - Mental Wellness Center CEO Annmarie Cameron If you consider yourself an artist in any medium, you’ve probably encountered the healing
Incorporating the arts in the healing process not only helps to stimulate the mind, but studies show that the arts can help aid in physical healing as well. According to an article “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature” by Heather Stuckey “Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and
Every Second Saturday at 1:00 pm Young Audiences of Western New York will be offering free, family, interactive programming at the Buffalo downtown Central library. These programs will be located at the Ring of Knowledge at the base of the escalators on the main floor. This Saturday teaching artist Aitina Fareed Cooke illustrates stories of endurance through hardships. Aitina serves as the
Spring 2017 registration is now open for Youth Arts in the Parks:Accessible Arts Experiences for the Kids our Arts for Learning presented by Young Audiences Arts for Learning's Affiliate, Arts for Learning Miami . This fun and educational program teaches kids of all abilities visual arts, creative movement and expression, or theater/improvisation in a social setting, led by professional artists/
The Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliate in Dallas, Texas, Big Thought, has been busy organizing numerous arts integrated programs and events. Mario Tarradell, Public Relations & Marketing Manager at Big Thought, shared some of the biggest program highlights from the lone star state. We are proud to feature some of these feature stories on the national website. Chelsea Mayo is the
Young Audiences - Arts for Learning - Virginia, an arts-in-education non-profit organization touching the lives of 10 million Virginia students in the past 60 years joined forces with Todd Rosenlieb Dance, the only professional dance company in Hampton Roads, and Norfolk Public Schools to increase exposure, knowledge and experience with dance and visual art.
The goal of this Young Audiences of Virginia program is to use dance as a creative way for students to understand math concepts while learning how to be healthy and fit.