December 20, 2022

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

December 20, 2022

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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RBI Partnership

November 18, 2022

This fall, Right Brain celebrates its 15th Anniversary. A generation of children in our region have been shaped by the creativity and collaboration that you have helped to make possible!    When Young Audiences made the decision to take on the management of Right Brain in 2020, we were committed to sustaining and growing this […]

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Fun for the Arts is coming up on November 18!

November 2, 2022

Fun For the Arts is coming up! What is Fun for the Arts? Fun for the Arts, or “FFA”, is an equitable, regional dance-a-thon fundraiser for arts access in schools. After collecting feedback from our participating schools, we have redesigned our previous fundraising program, Run for the Arts, to focus on an arts activity and […]

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YA statement of support for LGBTQ+ children and families

March 11, 2022

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

February 15, 2022

“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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Virtual Residency Profile: Portland and Ghanaian students exchange music and culture

August 16, 2021

“Not really knowing what a kid is going through outside of whether or not they show up for class–that’s a real challenge for a teacher,” says Todd Fadel, music teacher at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School. “With distance learning, it’s especially important to be respectful of privacy in people’s homes. At the same time, it’s important to […]

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PPS Summer Camps

June 10, 2021

DUE TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST IN OUR CAMP PROGRAMS AND PROXIMITY TO CAMP START DATES, YOUNG AUDIENCES HAS NOW CLOSED OUR APPLICATION PERIOD. Young Audiences is excited to announce free, week-long summer art camps in the Portland Public Schools District in July and August. Campers will experience different art experiences daily led by our talented professional […]

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Welcoming Lauren Jost, our New Executive Director!

April 28, 2021

We are excited to share the news that Lauren Jost (she/her) will become the next Executive Director of Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington! Lauren brings lived experience of being a teaching artist, as well as expertise in successful grant writing, program development, and more. Having developed both a depth and breadth of skills […]

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Gratitude, Change and Some Personal News from Executive Director Cary Clarke

December 4, 2020

With the enormous challenges that our world, our country and our community have been reckoning with this year, I sincerely wish you safety, health and well-being as this year begins to wind to a close. In this season of gratitude, reflection and change, I am writing to share with you the news of a transition […]

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