Young Audiences of WNY Presents National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week

Young Audiences of Western New York is proud to announce that National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week will be held April 14 – 27, 2019. Young Audiences Week will celebrate the many contributions Young Audiences of Western New York has made to schools and students in the Western New York community through arts-in-education programs.

The two-week celebration will be observed across the Young Audiences network of 28 affiliates in 22 states. Participating affiliates will host arts-integrated programming and special events in schools and community venues to raise awareness of Young Audiences and spotlight the importance of arts-in-education. Young Audiences of Western New York works in all eight counties: Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming. In 2018, Young Audiences reached 74,000 children in 95 schools, libraries, camps, cultural and community centers with 1,600 performances and workshops and 190 artist residencies. Young Audiences is the lead partner of the Arts Partners for Learning (APL) initiative, a consortium with the vision to create opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and professional artists to work with schools and ultimately improve the educational outcomes for children. In 2018, APL partnered with 23 cultural partners in 8 schools in Erie County.

“Young Audiences Week showcases the strong impact of the arts on education and we are excited to celebrate with the children and families we serve. We are fortunate that Young Audiences Week falls during Spring Recess this year, which runs April 19 – April 27, 2019. We will be offering free programming for kids all week long in the form of workshops and performances at the Downtown Library,” said Michael Weidrich, Executive Director of Young Audiences of Western New York.

Supporters, partners, and advocates for arts-in-education are encouraged to participate in the Young Audiences Week celebrations. Show your support on social media by using the hashtag #yaweek and share your stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts have on you and in your community.

For more information on Young Audiences Week, click here