About Young Audiences
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (YA) believes in the power of arts learning to ignite children’s innate curiosity and creativity. Guided by its mission — to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts — we connect with individual artists and support them as members of our Teaching Artist Roster.
We do this by functioning as an organizational umbrella for individual artists and ensembles, offering logistical and administrative support with school contracts; opportunities for ongoing professional development; and the creative support of a community of peers.
What is the Young Audiences Artist Roster, and who are YA roster artists?
The Young Audiences Artist Roster is composed of individual and ensemble teaching artists and school performers who sign a master contract to operate as an independent contractor with Young Audiences.
YA roster artists receive residency, workshop, and performance requests from schools. They plan, schedule, and sign contracts directly with the school. The support of YA staff is available to artists along the way.
Young Audiences also works with artists, students, and schools to develop in-class and out-of-school programs with a special focus. Some of these include The Right Brain Initiative, with a focus on arts integration, and AudioSET, and SH/FT, with a focus on Career Technical Education.
Additionally, Young Audiences strives to advance the profession of teaching artistry through ongoing learning, peer mentorship, and community connection.
Artists on the Young Audiences roster interact with schools and other educational entities in a variety of ways.
Young Audiences Programs include:
- Student Workshops
- 1–2 sessions
- 50 minutes each
- Typical group size: 25–30
- 3+ sessions with the same group of students (a typical residency is 5 or 6 sessions long)
- Skills-based or arts integration
- 50 minutes each
- A single or back-to-back performance at a single location
- 50 minutes in school performance(s)
- Typical audience size: 250
- Teacher Workshops
- Professional development of a specific artform or arts education topic
- One session of 90 minutes
- Typical group size: 15–20
- Family Art Night Performances or Workshops
- School day programs adapted for evening events
Benefits of becoming a Young Audiences Roster Artist
All YA artist programs are listed in our Artist and Programs Guide that schools and organizations use as their “arts experience” catalog for the year. Our programs are available to schools in 10 counties in the Portland Metro/SW WA area and 3 counties in Central Oregon as outlined by the YA Service Area.
- Central Oregon Artist and Program Guide
- The Right Brain Initiative Artist Roster
- Portland Metro / SW WA Artist and Program Guide
Young Audiences staff are here to help with the logistics of contracting and invoicing, marketing to schools, new program development, ongoing program refinement, and more. Young Audiences is also committed to the ongoing learning of artists on our roster.
We offer a full range of professional development opportunities from single workshops or information panels to our Teaching Artist Studio, an intentionally multidisciplinary learning cohort. These opportunities are available to the larger community for a small fee, and free to the Young Audiences Artist Roster.
Young Audiences believes in supporting relationships between artists on our roster. We host opportunities for artists to connect socially as well as professional learning communities where teaching artists can collaborate to improve their work.
A fuller picture of artist support can be found here: Benefits of being a YA Teaching Artist (PDF)
Becoming a Young Audiences Roster Artist
Young Audiences is committed to breaking down racial and economic barriers to access and equity that exist in education and the arts. We value experiences in which students are active participants, and believe people learn best when they are treated with respect and dignity. Young Audiences looks for teaching artists who embody a spirit of lifelong learning and have a commitment to creating programs that are accessible to all learners.
Young Audiences typically onboard 2-4 new artists every 1-2 years.
We accept Letters of Interest Survey on an ongoing basis and interview potential artists in April for the upcoming school year.
Artists are encouraged to submit Letters of Interest throughout the year, this allows for more individual attention to each submission.
Our Artist Program Manager regularly meets with interested artists to answer any questions and describe our work in more detail. If you are interested in being a Young Audiences Roster Artist you are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a letter of interest survey now.