YA Newsletter: Back-to-School 2022 Edition

August 04, 2022 | lauren@ya.org


Welcome to the 2022 Back-to-School Edition of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) Newsletter! As summer winds down, we’re continuing our 70th anniversary celebrations and sharing the latest news and stories from around the YA Network.

Celebrating 70: Young Audiences Arts for Learning Through the Years

Since 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning has been engaging young people in innovative arts learning experiences. In celebration of our 70th anniversary year, and in preparation for our upcoming gala, we've put together a timeline to take you through the history of YA.

>>Explore Young Audiences' seven-decade evolution to become the nation's leading provider of arts in education programs and services.

Remember to Save the Date for YA's 70th Anniversary Gala (11.9.22). We're looking forward to a very special evening that celebrates our 70th and supports our ongoing mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. >>Join the celebration.

Arts for Learning Maryland's New, Historic Home at Odell's in Downtown Baltimore

YA affiliate Arts for Learning Maryland has moved to downtown Baltimore’s Station North neighborhood after outgrowing its previous Baltimore offices. In addition to covering nearly 12,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, the new headquarters pay homage to the building's arts-filled past as Odell's nightclub.

Arts for Learning Maryland was drawn to make Odell’s its home, in part, because Odell’s was beloved by the community and so many creative people gathered there in the past. The saying of Odell's was "You'll know if you belong." With the move, Arts for Learning Maryland encourages all young arts learners to know that they belong in the present and will lead the way in the future.

>>Discover Arts for Learning Maryland's new, historic home.

Arts for Learning/Miami Celebrates Ten Years of ArtWorks Summer Internships from New Space in Little Havana

The ArtWorks Internship program at Arts for Learning/Miami, now in its 10th year, offers high schoolers paid summer learning opportunities to create art while building valuable college and career skills in the process. Most recently, high school interns hired by YA's South Florida affiliate spent six weeks working alongside professional teaching artists in the creative cohort of their choice: animation, creative writing, music production, visual arts, or dance and theatre. 

This current summer is especially exciting for ArtWorks participants. With a new home in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, ArtWorks is now able to connect with talented teenage interns on a wider scale than ever before.

>>Learn more about the Summer 2022 ArtWorks Internship cycle.

Arts Ed Collaborative Introduces Teaching Artist As Substitutes Initiative (TASI)

In a groundbreaking initiative, YA Pittsburgh-based affiliate Arts Ed Collaborative (AEC) set into motion its Teaching Artists as Substitutes Initiative (TASI), giving teaching artists opportunities to work as substitute teachers and bring their artistry and talent into schools.

AEC provided support to teaching artists throughout the qualification process. The inspired result of TASI is a roster of teaching artists able to work as substitute teachers in the classroom this upcoming fall. 

>>Get the TASI story here.

Arts for Learning Conservatory's Gospel Voices of OC: A Joyous Juneteenth Celebration

On June 19, YA Costa Mesa affiliate Arts & Learning Conservatory (ALC) presented Gospel Voices of OC (Orange County, CA) at Chapman University's Musco Center for the Arts. The staged performance, with production led by ALC President and CEO Debora Wondercheck, featured over 100 performers, from singers and dancers to musicians and spoken word artists. 

The event came to life as a truly transcendent, multi-generational artistic celebration of African Americans, performed and produced through the lens and the influence of gospel music as a source of historical impact and resiliency from Juneteenth to the present day.

>> See photos from Gospel Voices of OC.

Arts Integration at Arts Partners Wichita

YA National Executive Director David A. Dik took part in Arts Partners' 2022 Just Add Arts Symposium, presented by YA's Wichita-based affiliate and held in Wichita, KS, July 27–29. David moderated a panel discussion that explored and unpacked the conference's central theme of using arts integration, both in promise and in practice, to strengthen student literacy, social emotional learning, and overall well-being.