Melody Mikkelsen

YOUNG AUDIENCES OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON – STRATEGIC PLAN 2023-2026

Every few years, a healthy organization creates a strategic plan for the next 3-5 years. That process felt almost impossible during the last few years, and Young Audiences is not alone in choosing this year to step back, evaluate our work, and dream of new possibilities. Our community is beginning to recover from years of …

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If you give a TA time, or, what summer programming can offer adult learners

From Artist Program Manager Maia McCarthy: Working as a teaching artist my best experiences have been working with an ensemble over months, allowing time to work its magic as we get to know each other individually and create an “each other” collectively- an ensemble. Many of our school partners don’t have this option. As a …

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YA statement of support for LGBTQ+ children and families

Recently, many states have begun legislating against the LGBTQ+ community, particularly targeting children and their caregivers. These bills do not stop at restricting the rights of LGBTQ+ children, but seek to erase their existence and identities. The harm caused by the increase in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is not limited to the impact on children in those …

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Young Audiences sends boxes of joy and art resources to 5,400 teachers across Oregon and SW Washington

“We received the care packages this morning and distributed them to the teachers! What a kind gesture! This is so very much appreciated by them and me! Thank you for the recognition of all they are doing! I have an amazing staff and they are giving it 1000% effort! Thank you so much for taking …

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