Arts for Learning Professional Development in Hampton
A new school year is quickly approaching and YAV is busy preparing principals, teachers and administrators to deliver exciting, arts-inspired learning experiences. Executive Director Michael Kerry Williams and Arts Integration Director Sheena Jeffers were recently invited to speak with Kelly Dee, HCS Teacher Specialist for Music, on the importance of placing the arts in classrooms. “The arts reach students who aren’t learning through traditional ways, ” Kelly Dee said to a room of elementary and secondary Hampton principals. Also in attendance were YAV volunteers and students Kristen McCormick and McKinley Heidelberg-Denison who demonstrated how you can dance algebra, fractions, angles, commutative property and more. “Dancing math is fun because it takes the learning off the page and puts it into our bodies, so you don’t forget it!” McCormick said.
YAV continues to push forward with innovative programming that helps create long-lasting connections for students. “We want the learning to be personal and individualized,” Sheena Jeffers said to the principals. Jeffers recently finished a resident in Portsmouth where the students tracked their own number of steps, graphed their number count and then solved for X to determine how many calories they individually burned.
YAV takes Houston, TX!
Recently, YAV staff traveled to Houston, Texas to complete Phase 1 and begin Phase 2 of Arts for Learning curriculum training and planning. Executive Director Michael Kerry Williams, along with two public school teachers, Suzanne Byman (Tarrallton Elementary, Norfolk) and Leigh Anne Szukelewicz (Armstrong Elementary, Hampton) and Arts Integration Director Sheena Jeffers attended the 3-day conference focused on two main objectives: What have we accomplished thus far? What do you want to accomplish moving forward?
YAV presented our presentation on our completed work with Tarrallton Elementary were we saw a 33% increase of understanding in students’ ability to make inferences and 11% increase of understanding in their ability to identify story elements. The conference was full of motivating material from the other affiliates currently working with the A4L curriculum. Each affiliate took their own style and fused the curriculum into new learning tools for teachers and students.
The conference also focused on tips for co-teaching, a model that YAV is currently implementing state wide. Together, educators, administrators and artists developed guides to successful co-teaching experiences. Moving forward, YAV plans to bring A4L to Hampton students at Armstrong Elementary School, helping them on literacy components that will enforce learning in the classroom.
Welcome Jasmine Khadrane, YAV’s new PR/Development Coordinator
Jasmine is a recent graduate from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in Journalism. Jasmine joined us in December as an intern, assisting our Development Associate with marketing and public relations. Jasmine is a strong proponent for educating our youth through the arts. She spends her spare time being a nanny and loves to use the arts with the children she cares for. She also has a great passion for the arts due to its impact on her own life. She has been playing the flute for more than 11 years. Since her start with YAV, she has been a great addition and we look forward to her future here at Young Audiences!
Celebrating Kendahl Craig
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Kendahl Craig. She was a lively, passionate, funny, one-of-a-kind person. She left a huge impact on our staff and board, and will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with her friends and family. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, July 16 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at New Life Church, 1244 Thompkins Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 17 at 11am at New Life Church. Condolences for the family may be offered at here. We appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time.
YAV participates in Life After Conference
Young Audiences of Virginia is thrilled to participate in this motivating conference about restoring hope back into those who feel hopeless! The Early Childhood Education Firm LLC (ECE) and Building Resilience in Communities Inc. (BRC) will host this conference on Saturday, August 15th at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. YAV arts-in-education performances will be provided to the children and families at the conference. Register today by clicking here.
Welcome Sheena Jeffers, YAV’s new Arts Integration Director
Sheena Jeffers is a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist from Richmond, Virginia. She is currently the Arts Integration Director for Young Audiences of Virginia and the Academy Director for Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Sheena has her BA and BS from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied English and Mass Communications. Upon graduation, Sheena started the internatioally known dance education blog, Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins, to bring digital dance education to curious minds who wanted to learn more about dance. Sheena has her Masters in Education from Old Dominion University, where she focused on innovative learning through the arts and movement. She is currently working with public schools and non-profit organizations to create learning opportunities for Hampton Roads communities, teaching yoga as a professor for Tidewater Community College, dance appreciation at Old Dominion University, while fostering partnerships to create opportunities for underrepresented populations and creating choreographic works for local pre-professional dancers. Sheena is the dance critic for Richmond Times-Dispatch, a writer for Veer Magazine and AltDaily, and the Dance Expert Writer for Answers.com.
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!
To purchase tickets, click here.
Theatre Camp with Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Campers, you shape it, it shapes you – discover how you live in the world. Through movement, play and interactive games, campers develop ideas and stories they want to share and stories they want to hear. Creating all parts of the theatrical experience allows them the creativity to express themselves with full confidence. The stories come together, the ideas are written, recited and combined with movement and costume and lights. The campers experience it all and then bring it to the stage for a final extravaganza for the whole family. An endearing and engaging ending to an exciting week!!!
To register visit: http://www.suffolkcenter.org/summer-camps/
Theater Camp begins at 9am and ends at 4pm. Cost for the week is $250* – lunch and snacks included. *early bird special – register by July 15 and save $25
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. Thank you to our 60th Anniversary Signature Sponsor, PRA Group! Stay tuned for more details!