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US House Resolution Designates National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week

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Congresswoman Slaughter has introduced a Resolution to the House of Representatives designating the week of March 16-22, 2014 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. This week will honor the contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has made to schools nationwide through its arts-in-education programs and to encourage Americans to recognize the important contribution the arts make to society.

The House resolution, introduced by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th District) co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus states “arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines… is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students”. The House resolution also emphasizes that “arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills… which supports academic success nationwide as well as personal growth outside the classroom.”

National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week will be observed across the country by Young Audiences affiliates with special events, school activities, long-term residencies and performances to promote awareness for YA’s arts-in-education programs. It is estimated that more than 34,000 students will be participating in a Young Audiences Arts for Learning program during this week.

Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning is the nation’s leading source of arts in education services. YA’s mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our network of 30 affiliates with 4,400 teaching artists reached almost five million children in 9,000 schools and community centers with 84,000 programs, such as arts-integrated workshops and residencies and professional learning opportunities for educators and artists.

Young Audiences of Rochester launches National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week with a performance by “Cypher Live!” the second in a series of events showcasing spoken word, music, dance and visual arts by Cypher participants. on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Rochester Youth for Christ, 1 Favor Street, Rochester, NY. General admission is $5, $3 for students with a valid ID and free for children 10 years and younger. The Cypher provides quality arts experiences for some of the City's most challenged and troubled youth, and provides opportunities for them to be active creators of art and media in after school programs that focus on all arts disciplines, media and technology.

Additional YA performances are being held throughout the week as follows:

3/17/2014: Southlawn Elementary, Rochester Rhythm Connect (Reading, Writing & Rhythm)

3/19/2014, Thornell Road Elementary, Pittsford (Jump With Jill)

3/19/2013 Briarwood Elementary School, Rochester, Catskill Puppet Theatre (Hiawatha)

3/20/2013 Brookville Elementary School Rochester Rhythm Connect (Reading, Writing & Rhythm)

3/21/2013Seneca Museum, Seneca Falls (The Dady Brothers (Songs of Ireland)

Lydia Boddie-Rice, CEO, Young Audiences of Rochester states, “Young Audiences is pleased to celebrate arts and learning with our National network. As self supporting affiliates, we are respected leaders and catalyst for arts integration, inspiring and connecting artists, cultural and educational organizations and providing innovative teaching and life-long learning opportunities.”

For detailed information, please see the links below:

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week House Resolution

Participating Young Audiences Arts for Learning Affiliates

Rochester, NY Contact: Lydia Boddie-Rice, Chief Executive Officer

Office: 585.530.2060 x209 E: lbr@yarochester.info

National YA Contact: Marcus Romero

T: 212-860-1563 X108, E: marcus@ya.org www.youngaudiences.org

About Young Audiences of Rochester, NY: For over 50 years, Young Audiences of Rochester, NY (YA), the largest, most comprehensive, multi-modal nonprofit arts learning organization in upstate NY, has been the premier resource and provider of award-winning, innovative, quality arts learning experiences for children and youth from cradle to college/careers. As the center for ArtPeace's teen-centered programs and the regional axis for the national Wolf Trap Program/Early Learning Through the Arts, YA is a respected leader and catalyst for arts integration, inspiring and connecting artists, cultural and educational organizations and providing innovative teaching and learning opportunities. YA is one of 31 self-supporting affiliates in the national Young Audiences, Inc. network. Our primary mission is to use the arts for life-long learning, with a vision of preparing generations of critical thinkers, innovators, and responsible citizens, prepared for life and work in the 21st Century global marketplace. At present, no other nonprofit organization in the greater Rochester region exists that moves forward the integration of the arts into core curricula and learning and life skills like YA. As the premier, go-to arts for learning organization providing comprehensive arts programming on a multidisciplinary level with professional teaching artists as partners, services are aligned with NYS Learning Standards & Common Core, and national Young Audiences foundational goals to “Create, Experience, Understand, and Connect.” In 2012-13 YA programs & services were provided by 162 multidisciplinary TAs, in 110 schools in 13 counties through 221 performances & 1,169 workshops, resulting in 74,964 student/artist experiences delivered to culturally & socioeconomically diverse audiences. Visit www.yarochester.org for 2013-14 Artist & Education Reference Guide. Find us on Facebook & YouTube.

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