Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.

aka YA   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.yamd.org

Mission

Young Audiences envisions a day when every student in Maryland has the opportunity to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

Our mission is to transform 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.

Ruling year info

1959

President and CEO

Ms. Stacie Sanders Evans

Main address

2600 North Howard Street Suite 1300

Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

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EIN

52-0698849

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Students engaged in the arts more likely to have better school attendance, get higher grades, and have greater self confidence and leadership skills (Heath et. al. 1998; Larson & Brown 2007; DeMoss & Morris 2002). Research also shows that high-quality arts experiences can help to narrow the persistent achievement gap between older students (Caterall 2009).

Over the past ten years, however, standardized testing has changed teacher practice and students' learning experiences in the US. In order to meet state and federal standards while balancing limited time and financial resources, schools have made difficult decisions to prioritize tested subjects such as math, reading, and science over the arts. Unfortunately, it is students, especially those who could most benefit from experiencing and participating in the arts, who suffer the consequences. Dr. Kyung Hee Kim writes, "Standardized testing ... diminishes students' natural curiosity and joy for learning in its own right" (Kim 2011).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Professional Development for Educators

Young Audiences trains teachers of all subjects in the use of arts integration in order to reach the hundreds, if not thousands, of students they may teach in their lifetimes. Professional development is led by our highly experienced staff and ranges from a day-long program to year-round district training, depending on the needs of the participants.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance and the Maryland State Arts Council, Young Audiences (YA) offers the only statewide artist training program in Maryland, the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI). TAI is a comprehensive professional development program that trains teaching artists in the use and understanding of the state curriculum and Common Core Standards, as well as arts-integration strategies to engage teachers and students. Over the course of the 70-hour, five-month training, participating artists develop an original residency in their chosen field and pilot it in a classroom with a teacher partner experienced in arts integration. Several YA roster artists have gone through the program more than once in order to develop programs that target a range of educational goals.

To learn more about TAI, visit: yamd.org/TAI

Population(s) Served

Young Audiences’ (YA) Summer Arts and Learning Academy (SALA) is a free, five-week program for Baltimore City students in grades K-5 who are several grade levels behind in math and/or literacy.

SALA's mission is to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a summer learning from the best teachers and teaching artists our state has to offer. Through a dynamic, creative, and supportive environment, students will explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that prevents the summer learning slide, develop socially and emotionally, expand their personal creative process, and be introduced to many different art forms by professional artists.

In summer 2016, students excelled far beyond the district’s expectations, and the program reduced summer learning loss more than other students in comparable programs.

Population(s) Served

Our school services, which serve children in preschool through twelfth grade, include:

• Live Performances: Our roster artists lead assemblies that invigorate, excite, and inspire, with content ranging in content from Shakespeare to African drumming and dance.
• Individual Workshops: A small group of students works alongside a professional teaching artist in an in-depth, hands-on arts lesson.
• Long-Term Residencies: A professional teaching artist partners with a classroom teacher for an extended period of time. Students experience curriculum-aligned, arts-integrated lessons while teachers, in their own classrooms, gain arts-integration skills and real-time feedback that last long after the program has ended.

Each of our nearly 200 programs, which represent a variety of artistic disciplines and address a range of curricular goals, is aligned with Common Core standards and led by highly trained teaching artists. In total, Young Audiences reaches over 191,000 Maryland schoolchildren of all ages each year.

To learn more about our in-school programs, visit: yamd.org/programs/

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts-Based, In-School Performances, Workshops, and Residencies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students reached through direct, arts-based programs, including: in-school performances, residencies, and workshops; after school workshops; and summer programs.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Professional Development for Educators

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teachers/educators that received professional development in arts integration through workshops or embedded professional development in other services.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Teaching Artist Institute

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of artists who completed (not enrolled in) TAI. Because of the intensity of TAI, some artists do not complete the program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Increase direct student access to the arts through subsidized, affordable programs. We strive to cover the gap between what schools can afford to pay and what professional artists need to earn by actively raising funds to subsidize programs for low-income communities.
2. Help artists play a more meaningful role in education through training and support. Our Teaching Artist Institute helps professional artists develop fluency in the state curriculum and Common Core Standards – including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills – as well as arts-integration strategies.
3. Increase the use of arts integration in the classroom. Young Audiences offers a range of professional development opportunities for educators, including professional development workshops, residencies, and long-term school and district partnerships. Our work in this field helps to ensure that teachers can implement arts-integration techniques, with or without the presence of a professional teaching artist, in order to inspire and motivate their students.

Young Audiences' mission is to transform the lives and education of our youth through the arts by connecting educators, professional artists, and communities. Our mission-aligned organizational goals are intended to ensure that we are relentlessly working towards our vision that one day, all students will have the opportunity to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

To achieve these goals, we provide services that enhance student learning in, through, and about the arts, either directly or indirectly, including:

• Assemblies, residencies, and standalone workshops that introduce students to different cultures and art forms, while encouraging them to pursue their curiosities and shape their own learning.
• Professional development for educators and artists in the use of arts integration as a powerful, dynamic approach to teaching and assessment that reaches more students where they are.
• Customized programming for school districts to help them reach their goals – from providing the resources and environment for students to meet high academic standards to transforming teacher practice and learning spaces.

In 1950, Young Audiences founder Nina Collier hosted a well-known violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, to play for and talk with a group of children in her Baltimore home. Noticing how much the children enjoyed the experience, Ms. Collier organized a series of 20 chamber music concerts for Baltimore City elementary students. Young Audiences has since grown to encompass dozens of chapters, which provide a wide range of arts and education services in more than half of U.S. states. Collectively, the network brings programming to more than five million students every year.

Young Audiences of Maryland has served its community for nearly 70 years, evolving from an assembly provider in Baltimore City to a champion of increased student access to high quality, arts-based learning experiences throughout the state.

In the past decade, YA has experienced rapid growth: in FY06, with a budget of just over $800,000, we delivered 930 assembly services. In FY19, we delivered 19,873 workshops, assemblies, and summer learning opportunities to students, in addition to 2,036 teacher and artist development workshops. In total, we provided services to over 173,000 students across Maryland in 2018-19. Our FY20 budget is $7.5 million.

Maryland has a vibrant arts and culture landscape, and we are proud to be a part of it. Where other organizations focus narrowly on the arts, Young Audiences is designing and evaluating arts integration programs that transform educational outcomes and impact teacher practice. In addition to direct student services, we also address the lack of arts in education by reaching teachers, administrators, and teaching artists. Our residencies and professional development programs give teachers arts integration skills -- which reach students with a variety of learning preferences and instill an excitement for learning -- that will last long after our teaching artists have left the school building.

Last year, Young Audiences reached over 173,000 students across Maryland. In total, we provided more than 496,000 learning hours in, through, and about the arts. In addition to our regular services, which include residencies and assemblies, artist training, and teacher professional development, we are proud of our new and growing initiatives, which are creating new opportunities for Maryland students to learn in, through, and about the arts.

In 2018, Young Audiences nearly doubled the Summer Arts & Learning Academy in size to serve 2,129 students at eight sites across Baltimore City. The Academy is a free, five week, full-day program, developed in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, for elementary students attending Title I Baltimore City schools. During the Academy, students participate in daily arts-integrated math and literacy lessons that are co-taught by a professional teaching artist and a certified teacher. Students also get to choose from a variety of arts, robotics, and athletics enrichment opportunities.

Other highlights from the 2018-19 year include:

Judy Center Partnership | In 2019, Young Audiences began partnering with Baltimore City Judy Centers to provide professional development for affiliated child care practitioners. Judy Centers are responsible for providing wrap-around services to support the development of children from birth through age five in their communities. These services include providing professional development for the child care practitioners in their community. Young Audiences is providing a variety of professional development opportunities for the Centers and their communities, including group workshops and residencies with embedded professional development. Other components of the partnership include workshops around the arts and play for parents and caregivers, as well as embedded professional development residencies for the schools where the participating Centers are located.

Arts Empowered Minds Initiative | The Initiative is a collective impact project involving several partners, including Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The project utilizes the arts to improve school achievement, parent involvement, and student engagement and empathy at the 12 public schools in Northern Anne Arundel County. By creating new programs and leveraging existing resources to increase their impact, the Initiative increases access to high-quality, arts-integrated learning opportunities.

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Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/1/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Randy Osteen


Board co-chair

Mr. Alan Hoff

Lois Mark

Eric M. Pripstein

Tea Carnell

Sheelagh Allston

Lisa Arnesen

Bill Buckner

Candice Buckner

Brett Frazier

Denise Galambos

Nancy Kass

Barbara Kesler

Sarah Maher

Cecil Martin

Julie Medalis

Suzanne Owens

Catherine Pierre

Kiati Plooksawasdi

Tom Sessa

Chris Wallace

John Williams