Spring has Sprung!
Whatever your plans are for this summer, encourage your child to play outdoors, play with friends, and play with the arts. The arts can be a stress reliever and can help connect them to expressiveness and reflection. Allow the art just to be art. Young Audiences of Virginia believes that we can teach through the arts, but we also just love the arts! There is value in art and every child should have the chance to dance, write, sing, paint, sculpt and act.
If you are looking for summer enhancement and activities, explore community events at the libraries, local museums or summer camps. Let’s inspire and motivate children together. Have a great summer, read a few books, and don’t forget to play with the arts!
Michael Kerry Williams, Executive Director
Postponed to 2016: Inspiring Teachers through the Arts
There are many summer teacher conferences and institutes throughout the country for educators. However, there is only one teacher institute with the combined energy, fun, knowledge and expertise from two renowned institutions. On June 25 and 26, Old Dominion University and Young Audiences of Virginia team up to offer the best of our work.
The Inspiring Teachers Through The Arts Institute will be fun for all educators attending with interactive hands-on sessions relating core curriculum to music, dance, visual art, poetry and theatre.
- Teachers Pre-k through High School will earn .9 CEU’s
- All meals are included in the cost
- Teacher Toolkit available upon registration
- Admission into the Keynote Dinner at 6 pm on June 25
For more information visit www.teachthrougharts.com
Minette Cooper receives Children’s Harbor Safe Harbor Award
On May 14th, Children’s Harbor Early Care and Education Centers recognized individuals, organizations and distinguished youth who have made a significant impact to the lives of Hampton Roads children and families. Among the recipients of the Safe Harbor Award was YAV founding board member Bettie Minette Cooper.
Strings Impact! in Portsmouth Public Schools
YAV Teaching Artists, Sarah Hamilton Jones and Kelby Schnepel, along with students of Westhaven Elementary School in Portsmouth, Virginia presented YAV’s Strings Impact! Community Presentation as part of an after school strings residency with Portsmouth Public Schools. Strings Impact! was designed to build a solid introduction of string skills and concepts while students explore their personal strengths and expression as they create a group project, allowing them to demonstrate their mastery of the art form through a community presentation in front of their peers, teachers, parents and community leaders.
Enhancing Virginia Beach READS Literacy Celebration
YAV’s performing ensemble Cindy & Shelly performed “Can You Spell Hippopotamus?” as part of an end of year celebration and awards ceremony for student, volunteers and parents of Virginia Beach READS. Virginia Beach READS is an effort to ensure all students can read on or above grade level by third grade. Funding for this performance was provided in part by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.
YAV Conquered Kansas City!
YAV staff members, Sheena Jeffers and Michael Kerry Williams, presented Arts Concepts & Literacy in OST Programs as part of the Out of School Time Conference coordinated by Chesapeake RU Ready. This workshop integrated approaches and techniques that enhance students’ connections to increased comprehension of subjects in and through the arts. Attendees were mentors and educators from libraries, Girls & Boys Clubs, YMCA’s, and other organizations that develop and implement out-of-school-time programming for students in Chesapeake, VA!
Arts Are Wild! at the Virginia Zoo
Young Audiences celebrated literacy and the arts earlier this month at our 3rd Annual Arts Are Wild event! Thank you to our sponsor TowneBank for helping make this event such a success! Thank you to our featured author, Kenn Nesbitt, all of the YAV performing artists, exhibitors and volunteers! Until next year, continue to celebrate the arts, literacy and the importance of reading!
YAV’s After Jack performance featured in the Roanoke Times!
Thank you Newport News Fine Arts Commission!
Thanks to the generous funding from the Newport News Fine Arts Commission, YAV has been able to provide programming to schools, libraries and community centers across Newport News. We had the pleasure of providing subsidized performances at the Newport News Public School’s “Math Mardi Gras Event” and dance workshops at Epes Elementary School’s “Family, Fun & Fitness Night.”
Thank you Newport News Fine Arts Commission for supporting arts-in-education!
YAV Teaching Artist, Cindy Aitken, presented Infusing Your Summer Program with Practical Music & Movement Activities as part of the Provider Training Series coordinated by Children’s Harbor Early Care and Education Centers for preschool providers registered with Chesapeake RU Ready. This workshop included a variety of activities, which incorporated opportunities to create thematic sound and movement compositions to enhance literacy comprehension. Funding provided in part by Hampton Roads Community Foundation .