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Young Audiences’ annual gala took place on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Guests sampled treats from some of Baltimore’s best restaurants; participated in a silent and live auction; and enjoyed artist performances and an awards ceremony for Maryland’s arts leaders—all while supporting arts education in our community. All proceeds from Taste the Arts directly benefit Young Audiences’ mission of increasing access to arts learning experiences in all schools.
Re-live Taste the Arts 2014 in photos! Visit Young Audiences’ Flickr page to see photos from throughout the evening. Special thanks to photographers James Finnerty and James Sneed of BeMore Photography for volunteering their services to capture the action!
Sloane Brown of the Baltimore Sun also joined the celebration, capturing photos and video interviews at the event!
The Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
Nina Wood Collier Arts Champion Award
Watch a brief video honoring the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds here!
Young Audiences is excited to announce the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds as the recipient of the Nina Collier Arts Champion Award in 2014. The Funds are a group of Baltimore-based family foundations whose philanthropic contributions have had a significant impact not only on the city of Baltimore, but nationally and internationally as well.
Joseph Meyerhoff, a premier Baltimore businessman, philanthropist, and fundraiser, is most remembered in Baltimore for his leadership of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, beginning the tradition of giving in his family that continues to be a legacy today through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Under the leadership of the trustees and management team, the Funds continue to be exceptional supporters of arts and culture in our city of Baltimore and of world renowned educational institutions. Additionally, they are champions of Baltimore’s communities; the Funds support a variety of institutions working to create change at the local level, building on assets of city neighborhoods and working with city residents to improve our local middle neighborhoods for the people living, working, and raising their family in Baltimore.
As Young Audiences has grown, the Funds have grown their support along with us. The Funds began support of Young Audiences in 1973. Under the leadership of Terry M. Rubenstein and Elizabeth “Buffy” Minkin, in the last four years—as Young Audiences has expanded our student learning hours in Baltimore by 280%—the Funds’ trustees have also increased their support, challenging us to diversify our support beyond Baltimore. Without the crucial and significant support of the Funds, Young Audiences would not be able to serve 38,000 students in Baltimore City and reach more than 160,000 students statewide. We will have the capacity to maintain this growth, having moved into our new and improved office space at 2600 North Howard Street. We are excited and proud to honor the contributions of the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds to Young Audiences and to the city of Baltimore as the recipient of our Nina Collier Arts Champion Award in 2014.
Sue Trainor, Musician
Young Audiences Artist of the Year Award
Watch a brief video honoring Sue Trainor here!
Sue Trainor has a gift for stirring up creativity. Her upbeat, enthusiastic musical performances and workshops entrance students and inspire them to express their own unique gifts and talents. Her passion—and compassion—are outstanding; they set an example for all who work with children.
Sue has received consistently excellent reviews for her programs offered through Young Audiences, Wolf Trap, the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI), Quest, Very Special Arts, and the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI). Sue tours and records with the vocal trio Hot Soup, and records CDs as a solo artist as well. Her most recent CD for children, “In Our Own Words,” won the 2010 WAMMIE Award for “Best Children’s Music Recording” from the Washington Area Music Association.
In addition to Sue’s musical talent, her passion for the well-being of children is a force to be reckoned with. Watching Sue in action in a classroom, it is clear that she recognizes the best in every child. Sue is able to cultivate the creativity, joy, and leadership of students, enabling every student in the classroom to shine during her workshops and residencies. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, capturing the attention of everyone she meets. Both her workshops and performances are participant–centered, motivating others to explore their own skills and new ideas.
Young Audiences is proud to honor Sue Trainor as our Artist of the Year.
Southwest Baltimore Charter School
Visionary School Award
Watch a brief video honoring Southwest Baltimore Charter School here!
Southwest Baltimore Charter School (SBCS) was founded in 2005 by a group of neighborhood parents and teachers who sought to create an educational setting that was progressive, dynamic, and engaging for both students and teachers. Today, SBCS has evolved into an Expeditionary Learning School that ensures that students grapple with engaging, meaningful content every day of the school year, using the arts as a window into disciplinary content in other academic subjects.
Through cross-curricular, in-depth, semester-long projects, students are challenged to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to carefully observe the world within and beyond their neighborhoods. Art teachers Ms. Siobhan Nolan and Ms. Janelle Sanders not only instruct students in the art studio, but join them in their literacy, math, humanities, and science courses to draw connections between their academic content and creative drives. Students at SBCS are empowered by their role as not only receiver of information, but creator of meaningful, valuable materials.
In the third grade, students have studied genetics and DNA, learning about their own identities in the process. Students are invested in their learning, as through the arts, they connect with their studies. Students draw self-portraits, identifying their own traits as they do so. Is their hair curly? Are their eyes brown? What is the color, and shade, of their skin? Through the combination of arts and science, third grade students have examined the ways in which our traits combine to create whole, and unique, beings.
In the middle grades, students have addressed the question “What’s Worth Fighting For?” Students began by studying the Civil War and transitioned to civil rights and modern day campaigns for positive change, interviewing adults who had taken a stand and fought for justice in modern times. Using interview notes and research, students created biographies of their subjects, which will be published in a book entitled “What’s Worth Fighting For?”
At SBCS, the arts are not seen as taking away from learning time; they are valued for expanding the learning that takes place in the time at hand. SBCS is leading the way in providing students with an environment that facilitates meaningful, inspiring education—where students take responsibility for their own learning, and truly thrive. Young Audiences is honored to recognize Southwest Baltimore Charter School for their vision and leadership towards the education that all of our students deserve.
If you’d like to learn more about Southwest, please visit their website at www.sbcschool.org.
Geoff Godfrey and Pat Cruz
Lois and Michael Mark
Nina and Adam Roa
Re-live Taste the Arts 2013 in photos! Visit Young Audiences’ Flickr page to see photos from throughout the evening and visit Get Pixilated’s website to see photos and the Pixilation video from this year’s photo booth!
E. Scott Johnson
Michael & Lois Mark
If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador for Taste the Arts 2014, please call or email Jennifer Andiorio at 410-837-7577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch a video tribute to our the Nina Collier Arts Campion Eric Pripstein
Eric is a founding partner of Coale, Pripstein & Associates and has served on the Young Audiences Board of Directors for an incredible 22 years. His leadership, dedication and generosity has benefited thousands of Maryland students.
As Young Audiences’ longest-serving board member, Eric has logged thousands of volunteer hours, serving in practically every leadership position there is, from treasurer, to board president, to chair of numerous board committees. A decade ago Eric skillfully led the organization through a trying financial crisis and an executive leadership change.
Young Audiences’ outreach and budget has tripled in eight years with the help of Eric’s financial expertise and his ability to get others excited and involved in Young Audiences’ mission. Young Audiences artists are providing 3,000 more programs each year across Maryland, which means tens of thousands of students have significantly more opportunities to benefit from the arts.
“It is impossible to think of Young Audiences without thinking of Eric,” said Stacie Sanders Evans, executive director of Young Audiences. “He embodies the characteristics every nonprofit hopes to find in a board member: strategically thoughtful, abundantly generous, and fully present in our work.”
“Education is the answer to society’s problems,” Eric said. “Children are our future and learning should be fun and stimulating. Young Audiences pulls all these things together.”
In addition to this award, Eric and Coale, Pripstein & Associates were honored as Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Small Business of the Year and received the 2006 Governor’s Arts Award.
The Harford County Public Schools Title I Office has initiated ground-breaking practices to improve the education of their students during a time when many school systems are cutting
back on arts enrichment programs. The Title I Office has demonstrated their understanding of the importance and power of integrating the arts into the curriculum.
In September 2012, the Title I Office partnered with Young Audiences to launch the SMART Program, which provides professional development for teachers through arts integration techniques. Teachers from all five Harford County Title I elementary schools–including William Paca/Old Post Road, Magnolia, Hall’s Crossroads, George D. Lisby, and Havre de Grace–work side-by-side with teaching artists and arts integration specialists to design innovative, challenging, and exciting lessons for their students. School administrators and district leadership provide valuable planning time for teachers and teaching artists to collaborate, and flexible scheduling for teachers to plan together. The Title I Office has even invested in a summer arts integration institute, which provides more than 60 teachers with 15 hours of hands-on, arts-integrated learning experiences.
Having the conviction to include quality arts-integrated programming in all five Title I elementary schools is a testament to Harford County Public Schools Title I Office’s dedication to providing their students with the best circumstances of learning.
Watch a video tribute to Artist of the Year Maria Barbosa
A scientist and an accomplished visual artist, Maria is the living definition of arts integration. Growing up in Brazil, she had no arts education in school. It was not until she was at the height of her career as a molecular biologist working at the National Institutes of Health that Maria decided to take her first art class. Maria’s eyes were opened by the class and it changed the course of her life. At the age of 40, Maria became a full-time artist, with her work included in shows and exhibitions in the U.S. and around the world.
In 2000, the Maryland State Department of Education hired Maria to teach at the Maryland Artist Teacher Institute (MATI), an arts integration professional development program for educators. There, Maria realized the power of integrating the arts into the curriculum. Maria is one of the founding staff of the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) that was co-founded by Young Audiences, AEMS Alliance, and the Maryland State Arts Council in 2006. TAI is a statewide artist training program dedicated to helping artists play a more effective role in the education of children. Maria has been a major influence on the evolution of TAI, which has become a national model for quality artist training. She has had a tremendous impact on the 120 Maryland teaching artists who have completed the program and the work these artists are doing in partnership with Maryland schools.
Maria is passionate about ensuring all students have access to high-quality arts experiences. Almost every day, you can find Maria transforming teaching and learning in classrooms across our state. She is tireless in her mission. Maria spent the fall semester working with students in Baltimore City, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, and Western Maryland–all in the same week!
Maria recently founded the nonprofit Global Arts Integration Network (GAIN), inspired by Seven Oaks Elementary principal John Ceschini’s work connecting American and Italian teachers. GAIN promotes arts-integrated learning around the globe by offering professional development opportunities to teachers in Italy, Brazil, and other countries.
Maria’s influence crosses boundaries and unites communities. Young Audiences is honored to recognize Maria for her expertise, passion, and humanity.
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