MISSION, VISION, HISTORY, AND MODEL OF ENGAGEMENT
To inspire young people and to expand their learning through the arts.
We work toward a future where all children in the region engage in quality arts learning that nurtures creativity, expands cultural awareness, and fosters the development of critical thinking skills.
Since our founding in 1973, YA has grown into the region’s largest arts education organization. Early work focused on introducing children to classical music. Today, YA is a valued school partner providing teaching artist-led programming across all artforms and numerous cultures. We are a proud member of the national network Young Audiences, Inc., comprised of 31 autonomous affiliates.
MODEL OF ENGAGEMENT
Our venue is the school. Our model of delivery brings arts experiences by professional teaching artists directly to students. By doing so, we eliminate barriers to participation and make the arts accessible to students of every socioeconomic background, geographic area, and ability. We deliver this programming in formats designed to complement the workings of a school. Formats include workshops, residencies, performances, and teacher professional development. All programming is designed to meet school-defined needs. Our programs align with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Arts, NJDOE SEL Competencies, National Core Arts Standards, and 21st Century Skills.
We begin our relationship with a school at the place they are willing and able to welcome the arts. We strive to work in partnership with schools to provide programs centered around arts learning for students. We work to surmount barriers like school budget, standardized testing demands, leadership changes, and teacher willingness and preparedness to nurture relationships and change school culture. We have helped many school communities grow and adapt to embrace the arts.All YA programs are child-centered, outcome-driven, and measurably effective. Programs are designed to meet our four guiding core principles:
- EXPERIENCE high quality art by professional artists
- UNDERSTAND the art form and its role and context in the world
- CREATE art and explore the creative process
- CONNECT the arts and creativity to life and learning