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Young Audiences Area Youth Stand Against Racism!

Cypher artists participate
Cypher artists participate
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Youth arts organizations UPAC and Cypher come together in a powerful showcase of spoken word, music, dance and visual arts aimed at combating racism.

Contact (s): Lydia Boddie-Rice, Chief Executive Officer, 585.530.2060 x209,

Sue Hollister, Cypher Coordinator, 585.943.4325,


Rochester, NY, March 31, 2014. Young Audiences of Rochester, NY presents “Cypher’s Stand Against Racism”, the second annual youth arts event focused on celebrating diversity and combating racism. On Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Rochester Youth for Christ (1 Favor Street), youth from the Cypher and the Urban Performing Arts Center (UPAC) are teaming up to host a special event, featuring singers, rappers, dancers and poets who will be taking a creative stand against racism. The event will support the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County’s leadership in coordinating the local response to the national Stand Against Racism campaign. Stand Against Racism is an annual community-wide event designed to build awareness about the issue. 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 integrates gifted and talented low and high achievers, along the creative spectrum. Opportunities are provided for them to be active creators of art and media in after school programs that focus on all arts disciplines, entrepreneurship and career readiness.

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 for 2013-14 Artist & Education Reference Guide. Find us on Facebook & YouTube.


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