March 24-30 Named National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week
Senator SherRod Brown (D-OH) addressed the United States Senate this week by making a Statement for the Record recognizing National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. In his Statement, Senator Brown announced that "the Young Audiences organization was founded with a mission to promote arts-integrated education... In honor of its commendable work... through its 30 affiliates across the United States, I am pleased to recognize the week of March 24, 2013 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week."
Senator Brown continues by stating, "including arts and music in a student's curriculum can also greatly improve his or her grasp of math and scientific problems... Students' ability to innovate and utilize new technologies through arts activities will not only better prepare students for 21st century jobs, but is also key to our nation's competiveness in the global economy."
The US House and Senate have also recently recognized National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week by introducing a House resolution and issuing a Senate Proclamation.Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th District), co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, has introduced a Resolution to the House of Representatives designating the week of March 24-31, 2013 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. In tandem with the house resolution, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has issued a Senate proclamation that announces his support for Young Audiences' programs.
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week is being observed across the country by Young Audiences affiliates with special events, school activities, long-term residencies and performances to promote awareness for YA's arts-in-education programs. It is estimated that more than 30,000 students will be participating in a Young Audiences Arts for Learning program during this week. Highlights include smArt Start workshops in the Smoke Rise Elementary School in Atlanta that focus on teaching early literacy skills to kindergarteners; YA New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania's Beyond Recycling, a long-term residency program that teaches students how to live more sustainably; and a workshop where participants will use geometry to create a large-scale mural at a local school in Wichita, Kansas.
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning is the nation's leading source of arts-in-education services. YA's mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our network of 30 affiliates with 5,000 teaching artists reached five million children in over 8,000 schools and community centers with 88,000 programs, such as arts-integrated workshops and residencies and professional learning opportunities for educators and artists.