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Young Audiences / Arts for Learning

2600 North Howard Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 837-7577

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History, Mission, Vision

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History

Young Audiences, the nation’s largest arts education network, began in Baltimore in 1950. During our 65-year history, the Maryland affiliate of Young Audiences has expanded its services to Maryland students, teachers, and artists to give more students the opportunity to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

Last year, YA served 191,253 students, from pre-K to grade 12, with our programs, ranging from interactive live performances to long-term, classroom-based residencies. YA’s roster of more than 100 professional teaching artists traveled to all 24 Maryland school districts to deliver these programs to 494 schools and community sites, providing students with a total of 225,340 learning hours.

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Vision

One day, every student in Maryland will have the opportunity to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

Mission

Young Audiences transforms the lives and education of our youth through the arts by connecting educators, professional artists, and communities. We provide artistically excellent programs, expertise, and resources to ensure opportunities for all students across the state of Maryland.

We strive to:

  • Bring more arts into Maryland schools by tapping into the talent of the artists living in our communities.
  • Train teachers of all subject areas to use the arts to engage students in the learning process through arts integration.
  • Ensure disadvantaged schools have more access to the arts by covering the financial gap between what schools can afford and what artists need to earn.

Transforming the Lives and Education of Our Youth

Our 5-Year Strategic Plan

We are delighted to share with you our story and current successes. Most importantly, we want to share our strategic direction for the next five years as we work to transform the lives and education of our children. We are excited about the power of the arts to improve educational and life outcomes for students, and we are proud of our plans and the community we are building to leverage the arts to have the greatest impact possible on our students. Read the full plan here.

To learn more Young Audiences’ mission and our work, we invite you to join us at one of our upcoming On the Bright Side Tours. Learn more and sign up online.