Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
200 Forrestal Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
ContactMs. Michele Russo
To support the development and implementation of a New Jersey sequential theater-integrated curriculum for grades 2-5.
The mission of Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA) is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. The work of the Board of Trustees and staff is guided by a vision of a future in which all students engage in high quality arts that are a basic part of their education.
Our venue is the school. Our model of delivery brings arts experiences by professional teaching artists directly to students. By doing so, we eliminate barriers to participation and make the arts accessible to students of every socioeconomic background, geographic area, and ability. We deliver this programming in formats designed to complement the workings of a school. Formats include workshops, residencies, performances, and teacher professional development. Our programs are consistent with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Arts, National Core Arts Standards, and 21st Century Skills.
We begin our relationship with a school at the place they are willing and able to welcome the arts. We work to surmount barriers like school budget, standardized testing demands, leadership changes, and teacher willingness and preparedness to nurture relationships and change school culture. We have helped many school communities grow and adapt to embrace the arts.
Children are at the center of our work. YA teaching artists focus on an outcome driven approach, with emphasis on the skills and knowledge children should acquire, understand, and apply to their lives and learning. At the center of this model are the four core elements that are the hallmark of all YA programming:
1. EXPERIENCE extraordinary art and artists,
2. UNDERSTAND the value of art and creativity in the world,
3. CREATE art that engages the imagination and expresses ideas, and
4. CONNECT the creative process to learning and life.
Since our founding in 1973, YA has grown into the region's largest arts education organization. YA serves students in pre-k through grade 12, their teachers and their families. For the past 42 years our programs have impacted 12 million children. In 2014-2015, our programming was delivered in 542 schools to 414,539 students.