Inspiring Teachers Conference with YAV!
On July 21, 2017, Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia, in cooperation with Old Dominion University, hosted the second annual Inspiring Teachers Conference. Thank you to all of our teachers, administrators, presenters, and volunteers for making it a huge success!
Below is a sample of the wonderful feedback we received from educators and administrators from all over Virginia.
In response to the Music & Mixed Abilities class offered by Dianna Swenson, YAV Artist and Vocal Instructor:
“This workshop helped open my eyes to how much more students with special needs can do and how they can be more included in the regular classroom environment.”
In response to the What’s in the Box? Drawing from Context Clues class offered by Rick Nickel, Associate Professor, Department of Arts, Old Dominion University:
“My favorite workshop so far! Thank you for the advice about making personal connections with students and art. I will be thinking of new ways to connect this year.”
Catch one of the following YAV programs in your community in August!
Aug. 1 – Via Goode – Tales of Goodness – Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach, VA
YAV Artist Via Goode will take you on story journeys of adventure, curiosity and discovery. A member of the National Storytelling Network and the Virginia Storytelling Alliance, Ms. Goode inspires children through tales of right and wrong, achievement and respect and changing of perspective. In her tales are hidden surprises, moments of intrigue and long-lasting memorable learning opportunities targeted for the young mind and the curious at heart. Travel through foreign lands, meet unique characters and practice the art of listening, as Ms. Goode transports you into the stories of others’ lives.
Aug. 18 – Atumpan – Fractions, Physics, and Fancy Footwork – Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, VA
The excitement will begin as Atumpan’s Creative Thunder (A.C.T.) Dance Theater explodes onto the scene with our signature welcome song and dance “Funwa.” Audiences will join in the welcome as they learn about the math behind the music by using fractions to count rhythmic measurements for “Funwa.” A.C.T. Dance Theater will celebrate teachers with its dance of the griot “Jelidan.” Volunteers will be drawn into geometry by using the “jelidan” dance choreography to create geometric shapes during our “Pitter Patterns.” The adventure will blast off into outer space for an exploration of the moon’s phases and affects on the oceans’ tides during an epic, interactive tale about the moon. For our grand finale, volunteers will be chosen to join A.C.T. Dance Theater in an exciting dance of “Sinte” that explains the Earth’s rotation around the sun. This program will feature an ensemble of 5 individuals.
Newport News and YAV team up for SPARK (Summer Programs for Art, Recreation, and Knowledge)
Huntington and Mary Passage Middle Schools
Students at Huntington and Mary Passage Middle Schools are participating in an exciting Graphic Novel workshop. This will allow students to work with a YAV Teaching Artist to create their own comic strips. This workshop helps students learn storytelling components, such as action, dialogue, description, inner monologue, exposition and narrative. Students work with the artist to develop a story and plot while learning the fundamentals of drawing.
Students will also get their dance on during the Dance workshop! Learning the dance terminology with the proper French vocabulary, techniques, and fundamentals of dance. Dance strengthens physical, mental and social skills such as coordination, thinking on your feet, and the ability to work with a team. Working with the YAV Teaching Artist, the students will also memorize choreography.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center and Mariner’s Museum
Inspired by PFAC’s Dream House Exhibition, PFAC, the Mariners’ Museum and Park, and Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia are running a two week multi-disciplinary art camp series. The camp is designed to strengthen the campers connections with art, nature and the community. Through visual art, music, and theatre, campers will explore five (5) elements; Room, House, Nature/Animals, Water, Neighborhood/Community that contribute to their dream community. This program is designed with rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in mind. Especially offering the opportunity to match the rising 6th graders with students already in middle school.
During Week 1, the students will hike the Nolan Trail and visit PFAC and the Mariners’ Museum and Park. They will then work with a YAV Artist to complete a mural inspired by PFAC’s Dream House Exhibition.
During Week 2, the students will explore nature and create a musical performance. Working with two YAV Artists, students will create songs, perform theater games, and create a short musical piece to be performed at the end of the week.
Another Summer in Suffolk
For the second year in a row, YAV & the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts have partnered to bring summer camps to the children of Suffolk, VA! The Theater Camp starts in August. This year’s theme is Discover Suffolk.
Theater Camp takes students on a journey discovering the who, what, when, where and how of Suffolk, VA. From its original founding in 1646 as Nansemond County to its consolidation in 1974, Suffolk is rich with rich land with woods, lakes, rivers, and rolling terrain. In 1609, the Nansemond Indians drove out Captain John Smith, who was interested in the oyster beds in the Nansemond River. Suffolk’s story is one of beauty, resilience and agriculture. A blend of nature and hardworking individuals brought Suffolk to where it is today.
With the help of YAV’s professional artists, students will explore Suffolk’s history, nature, key players, and industry as they learn the fundamentals of theater, improvisation, script writing, song writing and performance. Students will work together as teams to research and write monologues, scenes and songs intertwined with stories from Suffolk’s history.
Hearts for the Arts
By Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia
Single and ready to meet someone special?
Join other single professionals in Hampton Roads at Bay Point Marina Clubhouse on Thursday, August 24th to meet fellow art lovers and raise funds for arts programming in local schools. This is the perfect opportunity to meet someone special at a beautiful marina surrounded by sailboats, all while donating to a great cause. All ages welcome!
Your $50 admission covers 1 drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and mixing and mingling with other Hampton Roads singles. Come out to make new friends, meet someone special, and know that your money will directly impact the lives of children.
Limited tickets available.
Questions? Email YAV’s Arts Integration Director Sheena Jeffers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase your tickets here: