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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Virtual Arts Education Highlight: Rhiannon Leonard

August 28, 2020

Last spring, Right Brain teaching artist Rhiannon Leonard was scheduled to bring a printmaking residency to Evergreen Middle School, when Covid-19 swept in and schools closed down across the region. Rather than cancel, Rhiannon and the classroom teachers worked together to adapt the residency for a virtual experience.

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Supporting the Black Community, Protesting Police Brutality

June 25, 2020

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington sent the following message out to our community on June 4, 2020: “We at Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington mourn the brutal and senseless murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers. We stand in solidarity with the Black community to protest police brutality, institutional […]

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Virtual Arts Education Highlight: Caren Graham

June 18, 2020

This spring, Young Audiences and Right Brain roster teaching artist Caren Graham modified a drama residency she has conducted for years at Glencoe Elementary, adapting it for distance learning while students were unable to gather in the classroom. She had some great insights on this new experience to share with educators and other teaching artists.

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A Letter to Our Community During COVID-19

March 31, 2020

Young Audiences has always been a connector, bringing together artists, schools, and communities through our core programs and The Right Brain Initiative to produce powerful creative learning experiences for students. We are working hard to continue to do this in a time when so many of us are suddenly disconnected. Our primary goal is to […]

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