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Press Release: Young Audiences Honors Artists, Colleagues, and Funders at the 2017 Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

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PRINCETON, NJ; June 28, 2017 — On Wednesday, May 24, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), the area’s largest arts education non-profit, honored artists, colleagues, and funders alongside students at the 37th annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. The Prestigious Governor’s Awards are co-sponsored by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and the New Jersey Department of Education. Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders awardees included YA Trustee Liz Fillo, teaching artist Marilyn Keating, D.A. Graham on behalf of the Trenton Board of Education, and Jeffrey Vega on behalf of The Princeton Area Community Foundation.

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D.A. Graham receiving a Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders Governor’s Award on behalf of the Trenton Board of Education

“It’s an honor and privilege to receive this wonderful award on behalf of the Trenton Public Schools, especially for the important work of arts education,” expressed D.A. Graham. “This recognition underscores the hard work of all our teachers and our partners at Young Audiences whose lessons of mutual respect, artistic spirit and enjoyment will continue to propel our school district forward.”

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Jeffrey Vega receiving a Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders Governor’s Award on behalf of The Princeton Area Community Foundation.

“We are honored to receive the NJ Governor’s Arts in Education Philanthropy Award,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, President & CEO, who accepted the award on behalf of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. “We want to create communities where all children thrive, and the arts play a vital role in enriching young lives. We are happy to support programs like Young Audiences, which provides all children with opportunities to experience the arts.

Young Audiences Teaching Artist, Marilyn Keating shared, “I thank Young Audiences for enabling an artist like myself to bring special projects to students who would otherwise not get these opportunities.  It’s a win, win, win!”

Young Audiences Teaching Artist Marilyn Keating receiving a Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders Governor’s Award

Young Audiences Teaching Artist Marilyn Keating receiving a Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders Governor’s Award

“I think it’s vitally important that the state acknowledges those who bring the arts to the children of New Jersey, creating better citizens for tomorrow. And I feel privileged to be one of those so acknowledged,” shared Young Audiences Trustee Liz Fillo.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

Young Audiences Trustee Liz Fillo receiving a Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders Governor’s Award.

Young Audiences Trustee Liz Fillo receiving a Young Audiences’ Distinguished Arts Leaders Governor’s Award.

Veronica Rodriguez, a 2016 student awardee participating in a Young Audiences’ teen arts program said, “This award meant so much to me because it gave me the confidence to continue my work and show it to others. It was great to see my friends get the award also. We represent the new generation of artists and we’re happy to present our creativity to everyone.”

“Young Audiences is grateful to the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership for recognizing and honoring outstanding young artists and educators with New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education,” shared Michele Russo, YA’s President & CEO. “The Governor’s Awards also provide a venue for Young Audiences to honor master teaching artists and both individual and corporate leaders for their distinguished service to provide equal access to the arts for all students.”

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Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 700 schools each year. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The organization annually reaches nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanjep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.

The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Forensic League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; VSA New Jersey and Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.

See more at: http://artsednj.org/governors-awards-in-arts-education/

PRESS CONTACT:

Denyce Mylson

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania

609-243-9000 x202

dmylson@yanjep.org

Dance for the Arts! YANJEP’s Gala, DAZZLE: MAD HOT BALLROOM Dancing Through The Decades, Raises over $200,000 for Arts Education!

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Date: May 3, 2017

PRESS CONTACT:
Denyce Mylson
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
609-243-9000 x202
dmylson@yanjep.org


Dance for the Arts!
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania’s Gala, DAZZLE: MAD HOT BALLROOM Dancing Through The Decades, Raises over $200,000 for Arts Education!

PRINCETON, NJ; May 3, 2017 — On Saturday, April 22, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), the area’s largest arts education non-profit, celebrated with a special black tie gala, Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom, Dancing Through the Decades at the Princeton Hyatt. The benefit included a performance by students of YA’s Camden Adopt-A-School initiative currently participating in a hip hop dance residency, and a dance competition a la “Dancing With the Stars” where VIP dancers were paired with professional dancers.

Dazzle MHB Dancers

Dazzle VIP and Professional Dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio – (back row from left to right) Juan Ramirez, Ilya Abdullin, D.A. Graham. Mark Murphy, and Lew Gantwerk (front row from left to right) Joanne Canady-Brown, Michele Siekerka, Samantha Kaiser, Darya Gidaspova, and Tara Barakov.

Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom raised over $200,000 and all donations will support YA in its mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. The generous donations included $52,000 that was raised in a Fund-A-Need Auction for YA’s Early Childhood Initiative to bring arts programs to our youngest learners, led by YA Trustee and Antique Roadshow regular Sebastian Clarke from Rago Arts and Auction Center.

A highlight of the night, five VIP dancers, paired with professional dancers, competed for the disco ball trophy and included Joanne Canady-Brown (Owner, Head Baker of The Gingered Peach in Lawrenceville), Lew Gantwerk (Former Executive Director, Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers), D.A. Graham (Vice President, Global Integrity Leader at Nielsen Company), Mark Murphy (President, Lead New Jersey), and Michele Siekerka (President, New Jersey Business and Industry Association). They all gave stellar dance performances and after a very close race, Michele Siekerka and professional dance partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Ilya Abdullen, garnered the coveted prize (and bragging rights) dancing to the song “American Woman”.

The amount of hard work and dedication that all of the dancers put into this event was tremendous. When asked why they were moved to commit to being a VIP dancer, D.A. Graham replies, “I have seen first-hand, ‘at risk’ public school children transform their limited opportunities into bright futures as a result of participating in programs like Young Audiences’ and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to stretch out of my comfort zone to support their vision.”

Michele Siekerka shared, “When I learned of the depth and breadth of Young Audiences’ programming and the passion they have for their mission, how could I possibly say no!”

Joanne Canady- Brown, Lew Gantwerk, D.A. Graham, Mark Murphy and Michele Siekerka join the ranks of Dazzle VIP dancers from the past three years including: Barbara Coe, Carol Cronheim, Chris Daggett, Denise Wood Darder, Sue Evans, Dan Fatton, Jill Jachera, Chris Long, Tamara Matteo, Bobby Mascia, Stacy Mattia, Jon McConaughy, and Michele Minter, Katie Hughes Redmond, Jeff Perlman and Bryce Thompson.

Another exciting and inspiring part of the evening was a powerful dance performance by U.S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School students from Young Audiences’ Adopt-a-School Initiative. The program is an innovative partnership between school districts, funders and Young Audiences that brings arts education back to the underserved school children. Wiggins Elementary School brought the room to their feet with applause when they shared what they learned in a hip hop dance residency taught by Young Audiences’ teaching artist group Hip Hop Fundamentals.

“Wiggins School is grateful to be working with Young Audiences once again,” shared Kelly Wharton Davis, a 6th Grade teacher at Wiggins School. “This partnership has provided our educators with professional development and our students with exposure to various art forms and now an opportunity to perform at the Dazzle Gala! We are thankful to Young Audiences for their encouragement and support to make arts education a priority for the students of Camden.”

The positive feedback from Dazzle guests has been overwhelming. One guest that was new to Young Audiences expressed, “We had a wonderful time–it was by far one of the best fundraisers we have attended! We have been spreading the word about the work Young Audiences provides to our community!” Another shared, “What a perfect evening sharing YA’s mission!  Everyone had a wonderful time. The night was flawless.”

YA Trustee and Gala Co-Chair Liz Fillo expressed, “This kind of success comes when our extraordinary community works together to create opportunities for a great cause. From The Gingered Peach’s “Dazzle Donut” and The Bent Spoon’s Dazzle Donut Ice Cream Sandwich – we were inspired by the many small businesses doing big things to support YA’s mission and our dancers!”

YA President & CEO Michele Russo expressed “This celebration of arts education is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our board of trustees and staff. When arts education supporters – both veteran and new to this cause – come out to support us with donations and enthusiasm, it reaffirms our commitment to serving every child every year with the best in arts education.”

For more information about Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom and to see pictures and performance videos from the evening go to www.DazzleYA.org.

Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom V received additional support from generous corporate sponsors, including Investors Bank, M&T Bank, NJBIA, Bliss Travels, Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly Insurance, Drinker Biddle, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton, Mathematica Policy Research, Merrill Lynch, NJM Insurance Group, NRG Energy, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and UBS Financial Services.

For partnership, corporate sponsorship opportunities and to be considered as a VIP dancer for YA’s 45th Anniversary Mad Hot Ballroom Gala on April 21, 2018, please contact Denyce Mylson at dmylson@yanjep.org or 609-243-9000 x202.

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Young Audiences Disco Ball Trophy Winners Michele Siekerka and Ilya Abdullen

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Students from Camden’s U.S Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School performing at Young Audiences’ Gala Benefit

About Young Audiences

Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to schools in all 21 counties of New Jersey and the 7 easternmost counties of Pennsylvania. Young Audiences’ teaching artists represent all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. Since its founding, the organization has reached over 12 million children with essential arts education experiences.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanjep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.

Young Audiences Honors Artists, Colleagues, Funders, and Students at the 2016 Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

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Date: June 14, 2016

PRESS CONTACT:
Denyce Mylson
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
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dmylson@yanjep.org

Young Audiences Honors Artists, Colleagues, Funders, and Students at the 2016 Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

PRINCETON, NJ; June 14, 2016 — On Thursday, May 26, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), the area’s largest arts education non-profit, honored artists, colleagues, funders, and students at the 36th annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. The Prestigious Governor’s Awards are co-sponsored by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and the New Jersey Department of Education. YA awardees included teaching artists Liliana Attar, Patricia Flynn, Laura Marchese and Darrell Wilson and YA Trustee and former board chair, Richard Goldman receiving Distinguished Service Awards. Lenora M. Green, on behalf of Educational Testing Service, received a Corporate Philanthropy Award and students Sean Albertson, Isabela Ertel, and Veronica Rodriguez each received an Arts Education Award.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for work that I feel is so important, and a privilege to share arts integration experiences in schools through out NJ”, shared master teaching artist and awardee, Laura Marchese. “This work is critical for the future of our children and it’s wonderful to have it acknowledged. Much gratitude to the teachers and administrators throughout the state who facilitate and support out efforts.”

YA Trustee, Richard Goldman said, “I feel humbled and honored to receive the Governor’s Award. I join with so many others who have dedicated their lives and efforts to bring the arts and creativity to our children. Exposure to the arts enhances learning and inspires children in all areas of education. It is essential to “build a better child” and a great adult. I have been fortunate to have had over twenty-five years as a Trustee of Young Audiences to pursue this vital mission.

“The arts play a very important role in providing our students with a quality educational experience that can transform their lives”, expressed Lenora Green who accepted the award on behalf of Educational Testing Services. “The amazing student performances I saw at the awards ceremony are a testament to this. To have the opportunity to help expose students to the arts and make that transformative experience possible for them is a great privilege for ETS.  We are honored and grateful to be recognized with the NJ Governor’s Arts in Education Corporate Philanthropy Award for our work supporting arts education, and we thank Young Audiences for their passion and dedication to the important work of ensuring that all children have access to the arts in their schools.”

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

Veronica Rodriguez student awardee participating in YA’s teen arts program said, “This award meant so much to me because it gave me the confidence to continue my work and show it to others. It was great to see my friends get the award also. We represent the new generation of artists and we’re happy to present our creativity to everyone.”

“Young Audiences is grateful to the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership for the opportunity to recognize outstanding young interdisciplinary artists with New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education”, shared Maureen Heffernan, YA’s Director of Arts & Education. “In most schools and organizations, interdisciplinary student artists often go unnoticed for their achievements. The Governor’s awards also provide a venue for us to honor master teaching artists and both individual and corporate leaders for their distinguished service to provide equal access to the arts for all students. YA is delighted to be a cosponsor and serve on the planning committee of the New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education.”

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From left to right: Liliana Attar, Darrell Wilson, Isabela Ertel, Veronica Rodriguez, Sean Albertson, Lenora M. Green on behalf of Educational Testing Service, Laura Marchese, Maureen Heffernan, Patricia Flynn, and Michele Russo.

Photo #1: From left to right: Liliana Attar, Darrell Wilson, Isabela Ertel, Veronica Rodriguez, Sean Albertson, Lenora M. Green on behalf of Educational Testing Service, Laura Marchese, Maureen Heffernan, Patricia Flynn, and Michele Russo.

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Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 700 schools each year. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The organization annually reaches nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanjep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.

The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Forensic League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; VSA New Jersey and Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government. – See more at: http://artsednj.org/governors-awards-in-arts-education/

Trenton Elementary School performs at Young Audiences Gala to Celebrate Adopt-A-School Program¹s 10th Anniversary

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Date: May 18, 2016

PRESS CONTACT:
Denyce Mylson
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
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dmylson@yanjep.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Dazzles!

Trenton Elementary School performs at Young Audiences Gala to Celebrate Adopt-A-School Program’s 10th Anniversary

PRINCETON, NJ; May 18, 2016 — On Saturday, April 2, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), the area’s largest arts education non-profit, celebrated the 10th Anniversary of one of their most successful initiatives, the Trenton Adopt-A-School Program with a special black tie gala, Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom, Anything Goes at the Princeton Hyatt. The highlight of the evening was a very special performance by students from Trenton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School that participated in a dance residency led by YA Master Teaching Artist, Marck “Flaco” Best, as part of the initiative.

Mr. Flaco taught 40 3rd and 4th grade students from MLK School two Latin dances over 8 weeks – the Bachata and the Merengue. “Before dancing with Mr. Flaco, I never knew I could dance,” expressed a 4th grade student from MLK School that participated in Mr. Flaco’s dance residency.

“The change I have seen in these students from day one until now is a complete 180,” shared Mr. Flaco.

Josephine Estrada, the Vice Principal at MLK School said, “This is a first opportunity to experience dance for many students in the classroom. It is also supporting the teachers in the classroom.”

In 2006, YA launched the Trenton Adopt-A-School Program in response to the elimination of the arts in the city’s public schools. The first year four schools were served and each year since the program has grown. YA now serves every elementary and middle school in Trenton and has expanded to Ewing, Lawrence, and Camden. Generous support from corporations, foundations, and individuals, has made this success possible.

“ETS is so pleased to support the Adopt-A-School Initiative that brings the arts into Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence, and now Camden public schools,” shared Lenora Green from Educational Testing Service. “We know the importance of arts education and the creativity and learning that it encourages in our students. All children deserve to have access to high-quality arts programs in their schools.”

In Trenton, YA annually serves 9,000 students and 150 teachers in 19 elementary and middle schools. “The arts programs strengthen academic concepts, bring a diverse perspective to learning, encourage positive choices, build character, and promote hard work and student achievement,” shared Karen Baker an Art Teacher from Village Charter School that is part of YA’s Adopt-a-School Program.

“I truly believe in a triple “A” education for all students. Our students deserve to have access to high quality Academics, Athletics and the Arts,’ expressed Lucy Feria Trenton’s Interim Superintendent of Schools. “Through the many partnerships with arts organizations, like Young Audiences, we are able to provide our students more access and equity to the arts during the school day. We know that students are motivated by the arts as it makes learning fun and joyful.”

Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom raised over $190,000 and all donations will support YA in its mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. The generous donations included $54,450 that was raised specifically for YA’s Adopt-a-School Program in celebration of the initiatives 10th anniversary serving Trenton’s children.

Funding provides a year’s worth of arts programming to a school:

  • Performances by YA artists or groups that transform an “all -purpose” space into a performance hall, giving many students their first chance to experience a LIVE production.
  • Hands-on art-making workshops that turn an ordinary classroom into an artist’s studio for students to connect with their personal creativity guided by a professional artist.
  • Teaching artist-led professional development for teachers so they can learn to use the arts to teach across the curriculum.

Angela Guagliardi, ESL Teacher at Robbins Elementary School shared, “Because of Adopt-A-School, our students have enjoyed an African play, a dance troupe, a mime, tap dancers, and a graphic novelist. Without this program, our children never would have had these experiences. Both the staff and students here at Robbins deeply appreciate this program and look forward to its continued success in Trenton”

YA President & CEO Michele Russo expressed “This celebration of arts education is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our board of trustees and staff. When arts education supporters – both veteran and new to this cause – come out to support us with donations and enthusiasm, it reaffirms our commitment to serving every child every year with the best in arts education.”

For more information about YA’s Adopt-A-School Program go to http://yanjep.org/adopt-a-school-program/

For more information about Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom and to see pictures and performance videos from the evening go to www.DazzleYA.org.

YA’s Adopt-A-School Program received support from generous sponsors, including CMX Community Foundation, Educational Testing Service, Horizon Foundation, Wachovia Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PSEG, Verizon Foundation, Carley Foundation, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, NRG Energy, Inc., Frank S. Flowers Foundation, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Bloomingdales Fund of the Macy’s Foundation, Meta A. and William S. Griffith Foundation, Morton and Donna Collins Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, Charles Ewing Fund of The Princeton Area Community Foundation, James E. and Diane W. Burke Foundation.

Maestro Flaco teaching ballroom dance to MLK Students

Martin Luther King, Jr. students engaged in a dance residency led by YA Master Teaching Artist, Marck “Flaco” Best.

MLK Students Dazzle!

Students from Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School performing at Young Audiences’ Gala Benefit. Photo Credit Frank Veronsky

Video: MLK Students Dazzle! –  https://youtu.be/FHJb1M-8j4o

More photos and original video files available upon request.

Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 700 schools each year. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The organization annually reaches nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanjep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.

Dazzle Benefit Raises over $190K for Arts Education in Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: April 18, 2016

PRESS CONTACT:
Denyce Mylson
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
609-243-9000 x202
dmylson@yanjep.org

Dance for the Arts!

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania’s Gala,
DAZZLE: MAD HOT BALLROOM Anything Goes,
Raises over $190,000 for Arts Education in Schools!

PRINCETON, NJ; April 18, 2016 — On Saturday, April 2, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), the area’s largest arts education non-profit, celebrated with a special black tie gala, Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom, Anything Goes at the Princeton Hyatt. The benefit included a performance by students of YA’s Trenton Adopt-A-School initiative currently participating in a dance residency, and a dance competition a la “Dancing With the Stars” where VIP dancers were paired with professional dancers.

Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom raised over $190,000 and all donations will support YA in its mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. The generous donations included $54,450 that was raised for YA’s Adopt-a-School Program in celebration of the initiatives 10th anniversary serving Trenton’s children.

“The arts programs strengthen academic concepts, bring a diverse perspective to learning, encourage positive choices, build character, and promote hard work and student achievement,” shared Karen Baker an Art Teacher from Village Charter School that is part of YA’s Adopt-a-School Program.

A highlight of the night, four VIP dancers, paired with professional dancers, competed for the disco ball trophy and included Lambertville resident, Carol Cronheim (New Jersey’s former Assistant Secretary of State), Trenton resident, Dan Fatton (Executive Director of the Work Environment Council), Princeton Junction resident, Stacy Mattia (Senior Vice President of OceanFirst Bank) and Michele Minter (Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Princeton University).  They all gave stellar dance performances and after a very close race, Stacy Mattia and professional dance partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Juan Ramirez, garnered the coveted prize (and bragging rights) with their upbeat Latin dance routine.

The amount of hard work and dedication that all of the dancers put into this event was tremendous. When asked why they were moved to commit to being a VIP dancer, Carol Cronheim replied, “I’m delighted to be putting on my dancing shoes to help support arts education. I have seen firsthand that the work Young Audiences does with children is truly transformative. Kids break out of their shells, find new ways to communicate, and come to love learning, many for the first time in their lives. I’m dancing so that Young Audiences will reach even more children with their fantastic programs.”

Carol Cronheim, Stacy Mattia, Dan Fatton and Michele Minter join the ranks of Dazzle VIP dancers from the past three years including: Barbara Coe, Chris Daggett, Denise Wood Darder, Sue Evans, Jill Jachera, Chris Long, Tamara Matteo, Bobby Mascia, Jon McConaughy, Katie Hughes Redmond, Jeff Perlman and Bryce Thompson.

The positive feedback from Dazzle guests has been overwhelming. One guest that was new to Young Audiences expressed, “We had a wonderful time–it was by far one of the best fundraisers we have attended! We have been spreading the word about the work Young Audiences provides to our community!” Another shared, “What a perfect evening sharing YA’s mission!  Everyone had a wonderful time. The night was flawless.”

YA Trustee and Gala Co-Chair Liz Fillo expressed, “This kind of success comes when our extraordinary community works together to create opportunities for a great cause.

YA President & CEO Michele Russo expressed “This celebration of arts education is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our board of trustees and staff. When arts education supporters – both veteran and new to this cause – come out to support us with donations and enthusiasm, it reaffirms our commitment to serving every child every year with the best in arts education.”

For more information about Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom and to see pictures and performance videos from the evening go to www.DazzleYA.org.

Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom IV received additional support from generous corporate sponsors, including Eisner Amper, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall & Furman, Drinker Biddle & Reath, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, M&T Bank, Mathematica Policy Research, Merrill Lynch, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Princeton BMW/MINI, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, UBS Voorhes Blitz Amerio Group, and Volvo of Princeton/Long Motor Company.

Dazzle MHB Winners!

Young Audiences Disco Ball Trophy Winners Stacy Mattia and Juan Ramirez

MLK Studentts at Dazzle

Students from Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School performing at Young Audiences’ Gala Benefit

Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 700 schools each year. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The organization annually reaches nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanjep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.

Seven Schools Named Winners of $10,000 Arts Education Scholarships from Young Audiences and Target

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: November 25, 2013

Grants provide an array of high-quality arts education programming for school in need

Princeton, NJ – Seven schools in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania have been chosen to receive up to $10,000 for Arts Education Grants from Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA) and Target Corporation. For a fourth straight year, Target and YA will work together to provide quality arts education programming to schools in need.  Through the grant, selected schools will work closely with YA to deliver a variety if arts education programs for the students, teachers and families throughout the region.

Bridge Academy FY13 Josh Robinson

“We received an overwhelming response from the public-school community to our Arts Education Grants,” said Larry Capo, Executive Director of Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. “The seven selected schools are all committed to providing arts-rich educational programs, but lack the funding to put them in place. We look forward to working closely with these schools to develop the kind of meaningful arts programming that will continue to enrich and inspire their students.”

Out of 52 schools throughout New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania to apply for the grants, seven schools were selected.  Schools were chosen on a competitive basis, with priority given to those demonstrating financial need.
The schools that were awarded grants are:

  • Burlington City High School, Burlington, NJ
  • George Washington School, Hackensack, NJ
  • Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School, Philadelphia, PA
  • Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Paterson School 24, Paterson, NJ
  • Stepping Stone School, Pohatcong, NJ
  • Whitehall Elementary School, Norristown, PA

Each school will work with Young Audiences’ staff, and their roster of professional teaching artists, to plan first-quality arts programming tailored specifically for their schools’ unique needs. They will receive funding for a variety of initiatives, including:

  • professional arts performances at their school
  • in-depth, hands-on workshops with professional artists
  • professional development to help teachers best use the arts in their classrooms
  • assistance in creating a community event celebrating students’ work

Each of grant recipients have expressed how proud and excited they are to be a 2013-2014 recipient of a Target & Young Audiences grant.

“Funding opportunities such as this will position our school to overcome challenges we currently face, while enhancing our art education initiatives,” said James Flynn, Principal at Burlington City High School.  “We envision blending the arts across all academic disciplines within our school to enrich our students’ experiences and impact student achievement. The diverse programs that this grant will allow us to incorporate will fuel our student’s passions, while positively impacting their world.”

“At Target, we are committee to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

Photo Caption: YA Professional Teaching Artist, Josh Robinson with students from School 24 in Paterson, NJ during their Afro-Cuban Percussion Residency.

About Young Audiences – Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premiere arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through 12th grade annually. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts.

Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc. was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences provides over 4,000 programs annually and are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funds come from the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, corporations and generous individuals.

To learn more, visit yanjep.org. To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook and Twitter

About Target – Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

PRESS CONTACT:
Denyce Mylson
Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
609-243-9000
dmylson@yanj.org

Young Audiences Arts Champion Awards – September Winners!

Celebrating Heroes in the Arts

As Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania continues to celebrate our 40th Anniversary we want to recognize and acknowledge the excellence, innovation, and creativity in the communities we serve.  To that end we have created the Young Audiences Arts Champion Awards.  Every month between September and June, YA will present four awards to our “heroes in the arts.”  Each award will honor a school, an organization, an educator and a student that have distinguished themselves as a champion of arts education.

Help us celebrate organizations, educators and students in our region that are taking leadership roles in arts education.

 

Educator of the Month

Ellen Kazar

Brooks Crossing Elementary School, Monmouth Junction, NJ

Organization of the Month

Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia, PA

School of the Month

ECO Charter School, Camden, NJ

Student of the Month

Jorge Campos – Paul Robeson Charter School, Trenton, NJ

Young Audiences and Target® Team Up to Offer Arts Education Grants for Local Schools Pre-K through High School!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: September 13, 2013

For a fourth year, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA) and retail giant Target are teaming up to offer Arts Education Grants of up to $10,000 each, to selected New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania schools.  At a time when schools throughout the region are suffering from budget cuts, YA and Target hope to provide some relief.

The grants are designed to bring extraordinary and inspiring arts experiences (performances, hands-on workshops, and professional development) delivered by YA’s team of professional teaching artists. Designed to foster creativity within schools and communities, each customized program is developed to maximize students’ experiences with quality arts programs, provide opportunities to understand the cultural importance of the arts and creativity, and connect to classroom curriculum and their lives.  Each grant will also provide support for selected school to create a community celebration as a culminating event.

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Young Audiences to Hold Free Artist Showcases on September 24th, 25th & October 1st in NJ & PA

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DATE: August 26, 2013

Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, (YA) the region’s largest provider of arts education programs for grades preK-12, is holding free artist showcases from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 24th at St. Rose of Lima Academy in Short Hills, NJ, September 25th at Brooks Crossing Elementary School in Monmouth Junction, NJ and on October 1st at Mother Theresa Regional Catholic School in King of Prussia, PA.

Teachers, school administrators and parents will be able to see performances by YA’s new artists for 2013-2014. A sampling of dance, theater and musical performances will be presented to student audiences and any adults who are interested in scheduling a YA program for their schools.

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Calling All Teen Artists! EACH, Young Audiences Immersive Teen Arts Program Now Accepting Applications

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PRINCETON, NJ; August 21, 2013

Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, the region’s leading arts-in-education organization, is now accepting applications for the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub (EACH).  EACH is a teen arts program designed specifically for young artists, ages 13-17, who are interested and gifted in the arts.  It is intended for students to study and work in the arts far beyond the typical high school curriculum.  In partnership with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), this 10-week program is held each semester on Saturdays from 11am-3pm at the Arts and Interactive Multimedia Building on The College of New Jersey’s Ewing campus.

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