Gubernatorial candidates share thoughts on arts education

03/18/2014

Young Audiences is using Maryland YA Week as an occasion to ask those running for governor of Maryland for their views on arts education. As we mentioned earlier this week, we extended the invitation to all candidates to answer two questions that would be…

Happy Maryland YA Week!

03/17/2014

“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.” – U.S. House Resolution As designated by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution, this week, March…

Governor issues proclamation for Maryland YA Week

03/14/2014

We are excited to announce that Governor Martin O’Malley has issued a proclamation declaring that next week, March 16 to 22, 2014, is Maryland Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week! This follows the U.S. House of Representatives Resolution, put forward by Congresswoman Louise…

Past and present create a mural for the future

03/06/2014

By Juernene Bass, Western High School alumna I was very excited to take time away from work to be a part of a Young Audiences clay mural residency at my alma mater, Western High School, in October. Being a proud…

How song and dance changed my classroom

02/26/2014

By Morgan Lyons, Kindergarten Teacher, William S. Baer School When I first heard that an artist-in-residence program was coming to my school, William S. Baer, I was excited. I learned about arts integration while I was studying education in college…

More funding info for schools now online

02/21/2014

In response to feedback from our school partners throughout the state, Young Audiences has expanded the resources available on its website for schools and community organizations looking for additional funding opportunities to bring valuable arts experiences to Maryland students. In…

The Artist is Present

02/11/2014

By Kevin Adekoya, Young Audiences Development Assistant This month, 51 artists and teachers completed their final Reflection Day of the 2013-2014 Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) Seminar. During the past five months, artist and teacher pairs have worked together to create new…

Young Audiences has a new home!

02/04/2014

We started 2014 off big: moving into a brand new space in the restored former tire shop at 2600 North Howard Street in Remington. Everyone has been talking about our big move (the Baltimore Sun recently featured the new development), but…

Making our mark on history with art

01/29/2014

By Nadine Elsigal, senior at Western High School As a senior at Western High School I had the privilege of being involved in a clay mural project with Young Audiences artist Amanda Pellerin in October. Working with Ms. Amanda during…

Creating confident students–and future leaders–through the arts

01/23/2014

By Micaela Gramelis, Young Audiences Grants and Annual Gala Manager and former teacher Sitting in my class each day, Nadia did well. She worked hard; she smiled. She was kind, but deferred to her third-grade classmates for academic guidance during group…

Tube Beat or Not To Be? Discovering Sound through Rhythm and Movement

01/06/2014

By Max Bent, Musician and beatboxer Young Audiences artists and teacher partners have written case studies documenting their work in schools and their exploration of one essential question. Each study provides a snapshot of how the artist or teacher works…

Bomani and students use poetry to address bullying

12/16/2013

Young Audiences Hip Hop poet Bomani recently visited Empowerment Academy Elementary/Middle for an assembly and workshop to teach students the elements of writing Hip Hop music and its parallels to poetry- and essay-writing while also addressing the subject of anti-bullying.…

Uncle Devin shares TAI residency success!

12/04/2013

The following content first appeared in the December 2013 edition of Uncle Devin’s Drum Beat Newsletter: For four days in November, it was my pleasure to conduct an artist-in-residence program with a first grade class at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis. The program…

I am an artist

11/25/2013

By Colette Krebs, sophomore at Annapolis High School’s Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program I want you to think of your life right now. Think about who you work with. There may be that one person who loves movies or sports or…

Hip Hop and History: Telling Stories of the Past and of Ourselves

10/31/2013

By Staci Taustine, Fifth Grade Teacher, F.L. Templeton Preparatory Academy During the course of my fifth-grade class’ six-day Hip Hop residency with Young Audiences artist Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier, walls were broken down, confidence was built up, and the entire…

Using arts integration to prevent summer learning loss

10/04/2013

By Lucy Coyle Lucy Coyle recently completed a summer internship at Young Audiences and wraps up our series on Young Audiences’ summer learning programs–and their importance for students who would otherwise have limited opportunities to stay active and engaged during the…

The Deutsch Foundation shares its TAI experience

09/27/2013

The Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) is made possible in partnership with Young Audiences, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS), and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). TAI partners and generous sponsors, like the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, provide funding and support that…

Artist Max Bent shares how he made summer learning pop

09/26/2013

Earlier this week, Kurtis Donnelly, Young Audiences Program Director, shared his experience visiting Stadium School to watch Young Audiences artist Max Bent lead the class in an arts-integrated math lesson this summer. Max also recently posted about his time at Stadium…

The 2013 TAI Seminar is off and running!

09/26/2013

Teaching Artist Institute 2013, a set on Flickr. The 2013 Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) Seminar kicked off with a three-day retreat at Southwest Baltimore Charter School last week. The 2013 TAI class boasts being the largest in the program’s seven-year…

One voice, one love, one heart!

09/25/2013

By Danyett Tucker, Young Audiences visual artist and illustrator Do you think there is a difference between listening and hearing? One of my professors once asked me to illustrate Jimmy Hendrix’s song “Voodoo Child.” The project made me see art…

Register for the next MAIN event on September 27

09/25/2013

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance is hosting the September Maryland Arts Integration Network (MAIN) event on Friday, September 27, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the 149-acre Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Baltimore County. The focus…

How summer programs make math fun

09/24/2013

By Kurtis Donnelly, Young Audiences Program Director This summer I went and observed one of our artists, Max Bent, working with students at Stadium School as a part of our partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools Summer Learning Academies. Max is…

Welcome to our new blog!

09/23/2013

Every day, Young Audiences artists, teacher partners, staff, board members, and supporters work to fulfill our mission of providing opportunities for Maryland students to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts. In addition to our monthly enewsletter,…

Spreading joy through song to Baltimore’s youngest learners

09/06/2013

By Sue Trainor, Young Audiences artist and singer/songwriter In 1998, I sang for the first time in a classroom for and with children who have profound special needs. That 45-minute gig rocked my world: the children may not have been…

Are you a musician?

09/06/2013

By Kevin Martin, Steel drum musician Young Audiences artists and teacher partners have written case studies documenting their work in schools and their exploration of one essential question. Each study provides a snapshot of how the artist or teacher works…

Building self-confidence with the acoustic Blues guitar

06/16/2013

By Curtis Blues, Young Audiences artist and one-man Blues band Her face was hidden under rows of tiny, tight braids with small colorful beads on the ends. “Would you like to join the class and learn to play guitar?” I…

Learning in action: How songwriting transformed the classroom

05/16/2013

By Karen Baratz, Parent of a Westbrook Elementary third-grader Even if I had not been a classroom volunteer at Westbrook Elementary this year, I would have heard about Young Audiences teaching artist Alden Phelps’ residency program from my son and…

How can the Blues be used to learn fractions?

05/09/2013

By Curtis Blues, One-man Blues band Young Audiences artists and teacher partners have written case studies documenting their work in schools and their exploration of one essential question. Each study provides a snapshot of how the artist or teacher works…

Steel drum residency shares the power of music with school community

03/16/2013

By Jennifer Brumbalow, Imagine Discovery Public Charter School music teacher In my experience as the music teacher at Imagine Discovery Public Charter School, a Young Audiences artist-in-residence program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for teachers, the school community, and students. The…