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Christi Crowley Appointed New Young Audiences Development Coordinator

19 Sep

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

PORTLAND, OREGON (September 19, 2011) – Young Audiences is pleased to announce the appointment of Christi Crowley to the newly created position of Development Coordinator. With a BA in Elementary Education and Sociology from Boston College, experience in both school and business settings, and a background in theater, Crowley brings a multi-dimensional skill set to the organization where she plans to increase giving opportunities and broaden fund-raising outreach.

Ms. Crowley has worked as a grant writer and project coordinator for the North Clackamas School District (NCSD) in Milwaukie where she gained valuable experience in proposal writing, program design, evaluation and administration across a variety of programs.

Crowley is recognized as a highly motivated and organized individual. Her excellent communication skills and ability to make connections around common interests and promote collaborative problem-solving make her an ideal candidate to nurture Young Audiences’ partnerships with schools, artists, and the community.

Crowley says of her appointment, “I am thrilled to become part of the Young Audiences team and look forward to working as an advocate for the arts in our public schools.”


Groupon Teams with The Snowman Foundation to Raise Money for Their Instrument Donation Program

23 Mar

Groupon and The Snowman Foundation are joining together to raise money to support our instrument donation program.  This program puts instruments, mostly pianos, into the hands of passionate, dedicated, talented young kids in need.  We put them into their homes, their schools, and community organizations.

For only $10, you can help make a significant impact for these kids!  Please make your donation March 22 through March 24 at http://www.groupon.com/deals/snowman-foundation And to sweeten the deal, Snyder Roofing will generously match each gift, up to $2500, so please give now so we can take advantage of this great partnership!

We must raise at least $300 (the cost of placing a piano in a student’s home) in order to take full advantage of this fundraising opportunity, so please help us reach and exceed our goal!

Please pass on this opportunity to your friends!  We only have two days to take advantage of this great partnership and raise lots of money!

The Snowman Foundation
“Giving the gift of music to children.”

source: The Snowman Foundation

Mad Hot Burnin’ up the Dance Floor was FUN!

10 Mar

Mad Hot Burnin' up the Dance Floor Stage

Sydney Mesher & Students from Hartley and Rosa Parks Elementary

Mad Hot Burnin’ up the Dance Floor was held Saturday night, February 26 at the Portland Art Museum and was, by all accounts, a very successful evening.  Everyone who attended looked FABULOUS, the evenings program was tight and entertaining and most of all, we met our fund-raising goal for the evening!

Here’s a summary of the evening’s entertainment;

We started with 4th graders from Hartley Elementary

Students performing hip hop from Hartley Elementary School

doing hip-hop dance, followed by 5th graders from Rosa Parks Elementary performing classic ballroom.  For the event, the Hartley students all wore matching t-shirts while the Rosa Parks students were decked out in their finest.

Next up were the mascots from both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon who performed a choreographed dance number.  This led into University of Oregon’s Kari Herinckx performing “the Chustle”, a custom-choreographed number combining the Charleston and the Hustle.  Representing Oregon State University was D’Anna Piro, who performed a nearly flawless Salsa.

Rosa Parks Elementary

Students from Rosa Parks Elementary School performing classic ballroom

As a small break from the competitive dancing, Juliann Johnson sang a song to the elementary school children while a Young Audiences’ Board Member’s grand daughter did an impressive interpretive dance.

Then things heated up with the Banker’s Rematch.  Both Ric Carey of Umpqua Bank and Bruce Ramseyer of KeyBank performed the tango, with Ric trying to unseat Bruce’s victory from the previous year.

The Banker's Rematch

Bruce Ramseyer and Ric Carey Awards Acceptance

The evening closed with a choreographed dance number by the OSU Dance Team and our judges, Darcelle, Margie Boule and Gary Maffei were thanked for their participation.

I’m hopeful in the next couple of weeks we’ll have video from the event to share as everyone of the performers did a fantastic job.  In the mean time, we do have short videos from all the competitors taken during their practice rehearsals.

D’Anna Piro, Kari Herinckx, Ric Carey and Bruce Ramseyer.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

8 Feb

So.  I’ve been absent from these pages for a couple of weeks.  Normally I make every effort to have something listed here, either for our sake or for our artists sake, on a regular basis.  However, it being the time of year that it is, that’s not always possible; we tend to enter high gear around the middle of January through June.

Just to give you an idea of what’s going on with the staff;

The Spring 2011 Run For The Arts;  confirming sponsors, confirming prize contributors, lining up prizes, working with the Student Designer and winner of the T-Shirt Design Contest in preparation of producing t-shirts, getting the schools signed up and getting out press releases (for more information, click here).

Mad Hot Burnin’ up the Dance Floor;  selling tickets and/or tables, getting the Run of Show ready, creating the printed Program, deciding on a menu (it’s harder than you think), getting the celebrity dancers trained, getting the kids selected and trained to perform at the event, organizing the Event Registration, decor, setting up a website to do online dancer voting and what feels like a thousand tiny loose ends (for more information, click here)

Arts for Learning;  we’re in the Pilot year, so we’re working hard on getting that worked out with Beaverton School District, Young Audiences’ National Office, the University of Washington and WestEd.  This is a 5-year project funded by the DOE (US Department of Education) in an I3 grant to Beaverton SD which will rolled out district-wide.  No small feat (for more information, click here)

2011 Sunburst Awards Luncheon;  we’re beginning to focus on this appreciation event which take place on May 17, 2011.  I’ll update you as we make progress.

Performances and Residences in the Schools;  September through December is usually slow, but once everyone returns from their winter break, the focus is on getting artists into the schools, which is the core of what we do.  Needless to say, the pace quickens amazingly fast.

There you have a snapshot of the first six months of the year for us, however blurry and murky.

2011 Spring Run For The Arts – There’s Still Time!

14 Jan

It’s nearly mid-January (AHHH!!!!) and we were sort of cheated out of a snow day yet again.  I suppose that means it’s time to stop looking at the sky and focus on work again.

For those of you familiar with Run For The Arts, the deadline to get your Letter of Agreement in for the Spring Run is just a few weeks away, on February 2.  And to make it that much easier for you, here’s a direct link for those in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.  For those of you outside of those three counties, here’s a direct link for you.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Run, here’s a quick blurb about this fantastic program;

Run For The Arts is an opportunity for schools to raise the funds that make it possible to bring artists into their classrooms, pay for field trips to see performances and exhibitions and purchase art supplies. It is an annual jogathon conducted by individual schools throughout Oregon & SW Washington and coordinated by Young Audiences. Students secure pledges for laps run, earn points, win prizes and raise funds to ensure the arts are present in their school.

For more information about this program, here’s a direct link as well.  I’m a little link loony today…

The 2011 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Soon to be Revealed!

10 Jan

Way back in November of 2010, the staff of Young Audiences review over 50 submissions from students around the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan area to select the image to be used on the 2011 Run For The Arts T-shirt.  For those unfamiliar with RFA, it’s a program Young Audiences created way, way back in 1977 as a funding method schools could use to raise money to cover arts-related expenses.  The Run is a jogathon the students take part in, similar to a walk-a-thon (more information).

Manipulating The Winning Design

Design contest winner and our designer working with Photoshop on the winning design

Every year in September, we blanket area schools with the sign-up forms encouraging art teachers and principals to have their students submit original artwork to Young Audiences for consideration as the coming year’s t-shirt design.  In return, the student receives a check for $350, the opportunity to work with a designer from Weiden+Kennedy and they get to see the initial press run of the t-shirt, all of which is pretty fascinating.

Well, we made our selection.  Of course, I can only show a little bit of the design because we like it to be a somewhat of a surprise!  In the picture is our designer working on this year’s image with the design winner.

Stay tuned for updates!

For more information about the contest, click here

Fall, Run For The Arts and You

25 Sep

So.  It’s the first full day of Autumn in Oregon.  And what’s the weather doing?  Why do I even bother asking that question, when I already know the answer?  I’ve been a resident of Oregon for over 17 years (!!!) now, yet I still can’t bring myself to stop asking that question.  I love a good rain storm in late July with thunder and lightning; I’m like a cat hanging on a screen door when blue sky first appears in Spring; I actually get excited about the threat of snow and constantly look out whatever window is near in anticipation of frozen water falling from the sky.  I find weather and seasons fascinating and have come to terms with the fact that weather happens here, as opposed to where I grew up (Sonoma County, NoCal), where it didn’t.  Predictability can be good, but the unpredictable can be exhilarating!

Having said all that, and essentially admitting to be being a “weather dork”, Fall is officially upon us.  Which, for Young Audiences, means a couple of things in regards to the Run For The Arts program.  For those of you unfamiliar with the program, there’s a tremendous amount of information on our website, but in a nutshell, it’s a tool schools can use to raise funds from their immediate community to get desperately needed arts programming in their schools.

First, we have what we refer to as the “Fall Run“, which takes place the whole month of October.  If you’re school is interested in doing a Run in October, there is still time to sign up.  If not, well, there’s also a Run in Spring, which takes place between mid-March and the end of April.  Most schools in the greater Portland-metropolitan should be receiving information in the mail any day now, so be on the look out – this is a great and easy way to raise some money specifically for your school, specifically for arts related education.

Press Run for 2010 Run For The Arts T-Shirt

T-Shirt Design Winner at T-Shirt Press Run

The second project that’s going on is the Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest.  Every year, we ask for artistic submissions from students in area schools that may potentially be used as the design for the following years Run For The Arts t-shirt.  I have to say, every year, we have a hard time selecting the winning design as all the entries are really impressive.  The student whose design does get picked gets to work with us and a professional designer to hone the image, which will eventually appear on thousands of t-shirts as well as tens of thousands of sponsor sheets and posters. The best part, at least for me, is going to the “press run”; the student, the professional designer and a couple of staff members go to the factory where the t-shirt gets screen printed and watch the whole process involved in creating the shirt.  I think it’s pretty cool seeing the evolution of the original design transformed into printed materials and the t-shirt; it’s one of the highlights of year, rain or shine.

Submissions for the contest are due by October 31st.  Rules, guidelines and the entry form can be found on our website.

The Fall Run For The Arts as well as the Spring Run can be found on our website.  Heck, just about everything can be found on our website, so check it out.  And carry an umbrella.  Just in case.

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