Pig Pickin’ with YAV – Roanoke Style!
The Western Virginia office of Young Audiences of Virginia looks forward to a Pig Pickin’ celebration on Friday evening, August 14th at the Roanoke City Market Building in Roanoke, Va. This 60th celebration event will be catered and sponsored in part by Vice Mayor of Roanoke Dave Trinkle, owner of Fork in the City and his wife Ann. YAV performing artists After Jack will delight the audience with their Appalachian sound and the menu will include barbecue sliders, chips, and drinks. Come one, come all! More information to purchase tickets coming soon!
Support the Arts. Support Education. Donate Today.
Today is the end of our fiscal year, so we wanted to say THANK YOU for donating to Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia this year. Your support helps us to inspire and engage students across Virginia, in and through the arts. If you haven’t made your donation and would like to, please visit our Support page here. Thank you for supporting education, thank you for supporting the arts, thank you for supporting our children.
YAV presents at the Copenhaver Institute in Roanoke
The Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning provides quality professional development opportunities for PreK-12 teachers and administrators and for Roanoke College students.
On June 23, Young Audiences Arts For Learning Virginia presented for the first time as part of this prestigious Professional Development for Teachers. Partnering with Roanoke College, Young Audiences’ artist Jeff Hofmann and Executive Director, Michael Kerry Williams presented relevant core learning connections to the arts. YAV’s session focused on engaging students and teachers in and through the arts using arts integrated techniques for which YAV is so known. Educators entered a room with chairs in a circle and one table covered in various musical instruments. Teachers explored literacy through acting, music, movement and storytelling. With a broad range of educators, PreK through 12, each participant was able to feed off the energy and explore how they might adapt techniques to further enhance their student’s interest in learning.
This Institute gives PreK-12 teachers the opportunity to develop and practice strategies for effective instruction in cooperation with the nation’s leading educational scholars. It was an honor for YAV to have been a part of this Institute with Dr. Eric Jensen and Dr. Almarode. Please look for YAV’s Spring 2016 Teacher Institute in Hampton Roads, in partnership with Old Dominion University to build upon the ideals of student engagement, differentiated instruction, teaching through poverty. Young Audiences looks forward to sharing its curriculum and teaching strategies with educators throughout Virginia.
Michael Kerry Williams, Executive Director
Join YAV at the VA PTA Conference July 16-18 Richmond, Va
Attention all PTA members! Are you attending the Virginia PTA Conference in Richmond this year? Well, be sure to stop by the YAV table to learn about how you can bring arts-in-education into your school! Learn about our organization, meet YAV staff and sign up for raffle prizes! We hope to see you there!
Art Camp at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Another successful YAV Art Camp at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is in the books! For one week, campers were able to creatively explore the world around them! Through art and movement, campers created colorful and expressive works of art. Experimenting with different movements and media, campers learned techniques that will allow them to express, imagine, see and feel who they are in the world. The week ended with a special art exhibit that displayed their works of arts to their families! Be sure to join us for Theatre Camp at the Suffolk Center taking place August 3-7, 2015!
Raise A Ruckus! YAV is turning 60!!
Young Audiences of Virginia celebrates 60 years of arts-in-education with a birthday shindig and you’re invited! Join us on September 17, 2015 at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club. Cocktails begin at 6pm. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call 757-466-7555 ext. 308. Thank you to our 60th Anniversary Signature Sponsor, PRA Group! Stay tuned for more details!
Start the Summer off right with YAV & VA MOCA!
For the second year in a row, YAV takes over the Boardwalk with our friends Virginia MOCA! Come down to the Family Fest at the Boardwalk Art Show on Saturday, June 20th from 10am to 2pm!
YAV & Hampton City Schools receives Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award!
YAV Executive Director, Michael Williams and Hampton City Schools Music Supervisor Kelly Dee, attended the Yale Symposium on Music in Schools earlier this month to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award for the Hampton Curriculum Plus Project, which brings music programs by YAV performing artists into every elementary school in Hampton, Virginia.
The Symposium facilitates high-level discussion about the importance of music in young people’s lives. In addition, the event recognizes teachers nationwide with the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards. The biennial event was made possible by an endowment created by the Yale College Class of 1957. “Our hope for this Symposium,” said Michael Yaffe, Associate Dean of YSM and the director of the event, “is to highlight the numerous ways that school districts and professional musicians leverage their strengths to create sustainable partnerships, and to create an ongoing network for these partnerships to communicate.” This year’s Symposium participants spent three days in strategic sessions exploring their role in creating quality music activities for school children, and how and why their partnership is such an important way to accomplish these goals. We look forward to taking what was gained at this symposium and making the Hampton Curriculum Plus project even better!
Play with the Arts this Summer!
How did you like the Whistle Stop Tour?
Recently, I was invited to the Whistle Stop tour of Young Audiences of Virginia. It was wonderful to be greeted by such friendly staff and board members, whose commitment to the program was apparent. I was inspired by the performance of Dylan Pritchett, his enthusiasm for storytelling was certainly infectious!
The Whistle Stop was a wonderful introduction to Young Audiences of Virginia providing a firsthand look at the program content. Having the opportunity to meet with the Executive Director Michael Kerry Williams who clearly explained the mission and how the arts truly enhance the overall educational experience, certainly demonstrated to me the commitment of the board and staff to making certain this program succeeds for generations to come.
Sarah Jane Kirkland,
Director of Alumni Engagement | CIVIC Leadership Institute