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Become a Young Audiences Teaching Artist

16 Jan

We want artists who…

  • are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people
  • know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices
  • bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore
  • see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek out opportunities for growth
  • show a willingness to collaborate
  • have experience with, and strategies for, working with the complexities and challenges of school environments
  • are based in the Portland metropolitan area
  • We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. We are especially looking for artists who teach residencies that explore ceramic murals, Mexican folkloric dance, photography, and metal arts. Our programs are based in a 10-county area in Oregon and SW Washington. Schools (especially elementary schools) are the largest populations served, and some programming takes place in community settings. Some of our roster artists also choose to become arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative, through Young Audiences.

Benefits of Becoming a Young Audiences Artist

  • Extensive and diverse opportunities to hone teaching, presentation, and artistic skills, and to network with other artists
  • Reliable payment for services
  • Stipends for professional development
  • Support in planning and working with schools
  • Program publicity via YA’s website and communications with schools

For more information, contact Adam Friedman, Artist Program Specialist, at adam@ya-or.org or 503-225-5900, extension 226.

Click here to get started – the application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013 at 4:30PM

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Featured Artist: Aaron Meyer

11 Dec
Concert Rock Violinist Aaron

Concert Rock Violinist Aaron

Who says sweets aren’t good for you? Motivated by a violin shaped cake, Aaron Meyer took up the instrument at age 5, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has been wowing audiences across the world ever since. As a Concert Rock violinist, Aaron combines the energy of contemporary music with the technical skill of a clasically trained performer, and has shared stages and recorded with Pink Martini, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Everclear. The son of a violin teacher, Aaron is committed to music education and has been teaching with Young Audiences for the last 10 years. Portlanders can catch Aaron’s annual Holiday Concert December 21 and 22 and youngsters can participate in a FREE Music Education Workshop on Dec 22 at noon (click here to register).

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I am a concert rock violinist….I compose, record, and perform my own original music and arrangements with my 6 piece band.

How does Oregon inspire your art making? Oregonians in general are very supportive of anything local and unique to their area from beverages and food to art and music.  Portland and Oregon is a great place for an independent artists to thrive creatively and make a living.  The audiences in Oregon expect something different and unique.  This is a perfect place for me to have a home base. Continue reading

Feeling Thankful

21 Nov
Kinder Morgan + YA

Artist Mark Brody, Beverly Cleary Hollyrood Students, Development Director Christi Crowley, and representatives from Kinder Morgan show off a brand new mosaic.

It’s the time of year when we start to count up our blessings. At Young Audiences, there are so many people, places, and partners to add to the list. This past week I was lucky to join Teaching Artist Mark Brody at Beverly Cleary Elementary’s Hollyrood Campus to put the finishing touches on a brand new glass mosaic which will grace the school entrance.

This multi-part piece includes fused glass acorns and butterflies (made by the kindergarten and first grade students) with lettering designed by Mark and laid out by the students. Parent volunteers gathered together to build up the background, and Development Director Christi Crowley and myself did our best to fill in the grout.

We were honored to be joined at the Hollyrood campus by Allen Fore and Marco Ullmer of the Kinder Morgan Foundation. This is the first year Kinder Morgan has supported our Arts in Education programs and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board. Their enthusiasm for the excellent work of our artists and the learning of our students was absolutely palpable.

Read on for the official press release from our school visit. Continue reading

Featured Artist: Peggy Ross

12 Nov

Visual artist Peggy Ross with students and their creations.

Textile artist Peggy Ross has been teaching in schools for 18 years and working with Young Audiences for 15. A native of Brookings, OR and a 2005 Sunburst Artist of the Year Award Winner, Peggy has made her way as an artist and teacher through an ever evolving exploration of art media.

In addition to teaching young artists, Peggy offers classes for adults as part of PCC’s Community Education Department. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at weaving, sewing, or “up-cylcing” your old clothes, Peggy is the one for you.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I create with paint, textiles and collage. I began as a weaver and seamstress. Then I moved to surface design, painting and piecing fabrics to create textiles for interiors: table runners, placemats, pillows, wall hangings, etc. All of this has morphed into recent new work where I‘m painting, printing and piecing papers then using them to create stitched collages. Continue reading

Featured Artist: Sarah Nagy

29 Oct

Filmmaker and animator Sarah Nagy

A near native of Portland (born in Michigan but in Oregon since age 2), Sarah Nagy‘s work as an independent filmmaker has been shown in festivals around the world, broadcast on PBS, and presented locally as part of PICA‘s Tiny TBA (TBA Festival for the junior set). She was graced with a “Best Narrative” award by fellow hometown hero Todd Haynes at the 27th Northwest Films and Video Festival.

Sarah has been teaching stop motion animation and filmmaking with Young Audiences since 2009 and named the teaching wing of her art practice – Buckman Film Academy – after her Portland neighborhood. She dreams that “someday there will be a film teacher in every school.” With Sarah here, Portland is one step closer to that reality.

Sarah’s creation: a film school for kids

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I like to make short comedic films and am trying to develop a television series. I also occasionally write short essays and send them to the New Yorker with my fingers crossed.

How does Oregon inspire your art making? The rain is great for staying inside and drawing animation!

If you could be any animal, what would you be? A cat—they get lots of sleep and they are supreme yoga masters. However, I’d miss the opposable thumbs. [Julie’s note: please check out Sarah’s Catupuncture video for a very Portland take on back ache and cat ownership.]

What is one of your earliest art memories? When I was in fourth grade, a chalk mountain I drew was hung in the Childrens’ Art Museum.  It was like winning an Oscar. Continue reading

Featured Artist: Will Hornyak

22 Oct

Storyteller Will Hornyak.

Storyteller Will Hornyak, 2004 Sunburst Artist of the Year, has been a staple on our artist roster since 1996, and is this week’s featured artist. Hailing from San Carlos, CA, Will now makes his way in the world teaching through Young Audiences and others, performing at events, and sharing his talents with festival and groups including the Portland Storyteller’s Guild. You can catch some of Will’s spooky stories — just in time for Halloween — this Friday and Saturday at Stonehenge Studios.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I relate strongly to the wandering, itinerant Irish storytellers known as “shanachies.” They were keepers of the old stories, but they were masters of the craft who adapted those stories to suit any occasion. They threaded their way across the landscape, stitching together as they did town and countryside, public house and private hearth. I am an omnivore of traditional stories and am inspired by everything from Mexican folk-tales and Greek myths to Native American legends and Russian fairy-tales. I am half Hungarian and half Irish and have recently developed a number of Irish myths into hour-long performances for adults during the Samhain (Halloween) and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. I love how stories and storytelling can open the door to work in schools and churches, prisons and pubs and beyond. Continue reading

All Things Run For The Arts

2 Oct
SW Charter 2011 Run

Students participating in the Run For The Arts. photo courtesy of Jenny Coleman

School has started, Fall is upon us and the weather here in Portland has been magnificent!  I’ve been in Portland for nearly 20 years (yikes!) and this is the best summer weather I’ve ever seen.  Not to jinx things, but when it starts raining, I hope it’s not until November.  And here’s why…

2012 T-Shirt Design Winner

2012 Run For The Arts Final Design

2011 T-Shirt Design Winner

2011 Run For The Arts Winning Design

October is when the Fall Run For The Arts happens at area schools.  The nice thing about doing the run this time of year as opposed to spring (mid-March through April) is the weather; runs don’t get rained out as much, if at all.  The drawback is there is a shorter prep time since school has only been back less than a month, whereas in spring, there’s some breathing room in getting it all set up.

The other Run For The Arts thing that happens is the T-Shirt Design Contest. We got off to a late start this year, so we’ve extended the deadline from it’s usual October 31st to November 30th.  Area schools should be receiving entry forms in the mail this week, addressed to Arts Coordinator.

2010 T-Shirt Design Winner

2010 Run For The Arts Winning Design

2009 T-Shirt Design Winner

2009 Run For The Arts Winning Design

2008 T-Shirt Design Winner

2008 Run For The Arts Winning Design

Once we receive all the submissions for the T-Shirt Design Contest (rules here), we review them, then the entire office has an opportunity to select the ones they like.  We have a Winner, a Second Place, a Third Place and usually an Honorable Mention or two.  The winner gets a $350 prize and the chance to work with a professional Graphic Designer to digitize their design!

2007 T-Shirt Design Winner

2007 Run For The Arts Winning Design

2006 T-shirt Design Winner

2006 Run For The Arts Winning Design

2005 T-Shirt Design Winner

2005 Run For The Arts Winning Design

The winning artwork will appear on ALL the posters and sponsor sheets for 2013 and, most importantly, their image will appear on the 2013 Run For The Arts T-Shirts!  This is a great experience for the budding artist in your family.

In case you were wondering, all the images in this post are past winners, and no two winners are alike!  If you’re interested in submitting something, here’s more information, and good luck!

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