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Chase Community Grant

18 Sep

This something we don’t normally do, but it would be a wasted opportunity if we didn’t at least make a small mention.

We were nominated for a Chase Community Giving grant (woohoo!) but need to be one of the charities with the most votes to qualify for funds. Can you please take a moment and vote for us? Voting closes tomorrow,  Wednesday the 19th.

Here’s the link: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charity/view/ein/93-0521848?ref=a05eabdee8
You have to vote through facebook which is a little bit weird. They ask you to allow an app before you can vote. You can always vote, then go back and disallow the app when you’re done!

Also, please spread the word to your other friends and contacts so we can make it happen!

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Become a Young Audiences Teaching Artist

6 Sep

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A YOUNG AUDIENCES ARTIST?

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

Greta Pedersen at Lee Elementary

We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. At this time we are particularly searching for Teaching Artists that specialize in technology based mediums (video/film, graphic design, fashion, culinary arts, animation, etc). 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, communications with schools, and the Artist Showcase

Performing artists set their own fees; residency/workshop artists have a standard fee per hour for teaching, preparation, and planning. See the Educator’s Guide section of our website for more details. Note that fees listed on artist pages include YA’s 25% administrative and programming fee.

How to Apply

Our next application deadline is in Oct 5, 2012. Please see the Services for Artists/Become A YA Artist section of the website for the application. And if you have any questions, contact Adam Friedman, Artist Programs Specialist: Adam@ya-or.org or 503-225-5900 x226.

The 2012-2013 Run For The Arts

30 Aug

The Emerson School prepares to start their Run For The Arts

It’s late August here in Portland and the weather this summer has been pretty much perfect.  We had a few days of searing temperatures, but now we’re back to the mid-seventies.  Which is good, because school starts up again next week!

In our post from August 23, supplied by the Creative Advocacy Network, we noted Portland’s elementary schools have considerably less arts education than the national average.  In fact, over 12,000 children attend schools with no art, dance, theatre, or music instruction.  Well we, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, have a program that might help alleviate that situation in your school.  It’s a little something we call Run For The Arts.  In a nutshell, it’s a jog-a-thon schools can host to raises money solely to be used on arts and arts education programs.  It works like this;

  • Schools decide when to host their run – Fall 2012 or Spring 2013
  • Schools complete and submit the require Letter of Agreement Form  (Fall 2012 / Spring 2013)
  • Young Audiences provides the sponsor sheets and posters
  • Schools have their students get sponsors
  • Students do the jog-a-thon at their school
  • The school Run For The Arts Coordinators collect the sponsor sheets and associated funds raised from the students
  • Funds are turned into Young Audiences and held in individual school Run For The Arts accounts
  • Schools choose arts programs – residencies, workshops, field trips, performances – or arts supplies, and use their run funds to pay for them

It’s that simple.  The Fall 2012 Run happens from October 1, 2012 through November 30, 2012, while the Spring 2013 Run happens from March 11, 2013 through April 30, 2013.  Since the program’s inception way back in 1977, schools have raised a combined $13, 600,000 for the arts.  And this past school year alone, participating schools raised nearly $800,000!

Contact Young Audiences to find out more:  503-225-5900 / email / web

Investing in Innovation (I3) Update

13 Jul

Arts for Learning

What an exciting school year it has been! As soon as our funding was finalized in September 2010, we began working on designing, devising and executing our 5 year project. Project partners met in Portland, OR, and then continued to collaborate from around the country to ensure success on all fronts. Our work was made possible because of community support and belief in this program. And it is because of that we were able to meet such tremendous milestones

A total of 48 classroom teachers in 16 schools piloted curriculum-aligned Units, reaching over 1,300 students. Working directly with teachers, through several professional development opportunities and implementation support, along with forums for feedback and reflection, we have laid the groundwork for what is to come.

The Arts for Learning Lessons, in previous implementations elsewhere, have successfully reached all types of learners, particularly English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. We were able to witness that success in each of the 48 classrooms in Beaverton: Teachers reported students’ increased engagement level, collaboration skills, and confidence in reading and writing. Teachers marveled at the students’ written work as students began to find their voice and write dynamic stories and poems. One teacher after another asked: Why didn’t we have this sooner?

As we look ahead to the significant increase in scope and scale of next fall, we recognize the diligence, perseverance, and dedication of these lead 48 teachers who will carry us through to another successful school year. Increasing from one teacher in each of grades 3-5 per school to all teachers in grades 3-5, we’ll have just under 200 teachers involved— reaching over 5,000 students.

We are so pleased to share the wonderful progress that we’ve made!

source: Allison Tigard, A4L Project Coordinator

Young Audiences Implementation Internship for The Right Brain Initiative

11 Jul

The Right Brain Initiative

We have an internship available.  Details follow below;

The Implementation Intern will assist Young Audiences Implementation staff by providing support for The Right Brain Initiative’s teaching artists and schools.

The intern’s primary work will focus on developing and maintaining administrative tools (such as database management, spreadsheets, the online artist roster, etc.) that provide programmatic support for participating schools and arts providers and will assist with the annual teaching artist application cycle. The intern will also support meetings, presentations and professional development with artists and school teams by preparing documents and reports, coordinating meeting details, correspondence and recordkeeping.

This internship is ideal for those interested in arts education and arts non-profit administration. This is an unpaid position; school credit is possible based on your educational program.

This internship requires a minimum of 10 hours per week, August through December, exact start and end dates and work schedule to be negotiated.

Application deadline July 31.
Required skills
• Attention to detail and keen eye for quality
• Dedication to organizational systems to accomplish complicated tasks
• Ability to learn quickly and work independently, with initiative
• Ability to remain flexible and focused in a fast-paced environment

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• Sincere interest in arts education
• Proficiency with Microsoft suite including Excel and Word
Preferred skills
• Coursework or experience in K-8 education
• Familiarity with arts non-profits
• Familiarity with online file sharing
• Familiarity with Photoshop and other digital media tools
To apply
Please submit resume, cover letter and two references to Briana Linden, Implementation Coordinator at blinden@TheRightBrainInitiative.org.
Digital applications only, please

We’re Looking for Teaching Artists!

28 Jun

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

It’s that time of year again…where the application process is open for all residency and performance artists wanting to become Roster Artists with Young Audiences.

Following is just the basic information…

Young Audiences is looking for teaching 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. 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. Applications are due August 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm. For more information and to access the application, please go to ”Services for Artists” on our website:  www.ya-or.org.

Run For The Arts Exceeded Our Fundraising Goal

24 Jun

Run For The Arts

Schools from Portland to Hermiston and Young Audiences have completed one of the most successful years with the Run For The Arts. School districts have been forced to continue making damaging cuts to arts programs, leaving students much less artistic exposure and engagement in their primary and secondary education. The biannual jogathon has raised over $730,000 which will benefit nearly 22,000 students for residencies and performances by over 100 professional teaching artists, teacher professional development and much needed art supplies. This year’s amount represents an almost 10% increase over last year, sprinting past fundraising projections and expectations. The total-raised-to-date has risen to nearly $13 million since the inception of the program in 1977.

The fall and spring runs consisted of a total of 83 schools in 13 districts across 6 counties. While all participating schools are worthy of praise and recognition, Sabin, Glencoe and Woodstock elementary schools doubled the money they raised from the previous year. Also noteworthy, are W.L. Henry Elementary, whom we welcome back after a long hiatus and newcomer Southwest Charter School. For a complete list of participating schools, please visit our website www.ya-or.org.

The Run For The Arts was sponsored by local businesses Oregon Screen Impressions and the Fred Meyer Fund. Participating students were awarded prizes from Binney & Smith, Northwest Children’s Theater, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Children’s Museum and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

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