US House & Senate Designate National Young Audiences Week, beginning March 12

12 Mar
Salish Ponds performing at the Young Audiences 2012 Gala Event

Salish Ponds performing at the Young Audiences 2012 Gala Event

This Resolution highlights the importance of arts and recognizes national Young Audiences organizations for contributions to arts-in-education. The following is our press release;

The United States Senate and House of Representatives have issued resolutions designating the week beginning March 12, 2012 as “National Young Audiences Week” to honor the contributions Young Audiences has made to schools nationwide through its arts-in-education programs and to encourage Americans to recognize the importance of the arts to society.

The Senate resolution states that arts education, “including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.” The resolution also emphasizes that the arts not only foster academic success, but also support personal growth by developing critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity, discipline, and cross-cultural understanding.

For 53 years the Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington affiliate has engaged youth, teachers and families in high quality creative arts learning experiences that stimulate lifelong learning and creativity. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington’s Executive Director Denis Hickey states, “The Arts nurture a child’s development and fosters more engagement in education.  Providing more arts programming to schools is a win-win for everyone, especially children.”

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is an affiliate of Young Audiences, Inc. the largest organization in the arts-in-education field, which has 31 affiliates across the United States and serves over 5 million youth annually.  National Young Audiences Week will be observed around the country by Young Audiences affiliates in 20 states with events, school activities, and speakers to promote awareness for its arts-in-education programs. Young Audiences is the first arts-in-education organization to receive the National Medal of Arts by the US Government.

In support of this resolution, all Young Audiences affiliates across the country are promoting the arts and arts programming locally. In celebration ourselves, we have a number of performances happening in the schools from such great local artists as Imago, Oregon Shadow Theatre, Do Jump! and Gideon Freudmann.

In addition to the performances, we also have several residency programs starting being done by Shuhe, Mark Brody and Habiba’s Village.  And lastly, at the end of the week, we have a school conducting a Family Arts Night!  You can also check the out the rest of the talented artists on our roster here!

We couldn’t be happier for the designation of National Young Audiences Week this week!

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