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Featured Artist: Journey Brazil

by September 11, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Journey Brazil

Summer is wrapping up (although temperatures are headed well into the 90s here in Portland), my blog vacation is coming to a close, and school is ramping into full swing. We are excited to welcome new teaching artists to our roster including Journey Brazil. Donna Oefinger (aka Donna-Mation aka Zunzún), followed her love of dance from Connecticut […]

From the Executive Director

by June 28, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Denis Hickey

Dear Friends and Colleagues: For nearly 60 years, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington has made a significant difference in the lives and education of thousands of children and teaching artists. During the past three years, I have had the esteemed pleasure to lead the organization as a Board member and Executive Director. Not […]

2013-14 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest

by May 23, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Your design could be here!

In case you haven’t heard the news, we are shifting the date of our annual Run For The Arts t-shirt design contest to better align with the school year. What does that mean for 2013-14? Although it seems like we just put the out the call for entries, we are at it again. All K-12 […]

Artists in the News

by May 9, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Lisa Wilcke with students at Mulino Elementary School. Photo: Peggy Savage

Lisa Wilcke recently wrapped up a residency with 4th and 5th grade students at Mulino Elementary School and was featured in The Molalla Pioneer! Read more about Lisa and her work with students here.

Featured Artist: Albert Alter

by May 7, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Albert Alter clowing around.

Albert Alter – actor, physical comedian, clown, mime, fire eater, funny guy, Professional Fool, 2006 Sunburst Artist of the Year – grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee, “home of Davy Crockett and Andrew Johnson, the first president ever impeached by a Republican congress.” Albert has toured internationally, performing and teaching physical comedy, clown and mime in […]

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Support the Young Audiences Professional Arts Learning Series

by April 29, 2013 » Add the first comment.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) will receive an NEA Art Works grant. YA is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Young Audiences Professional Arts Learning Series. The Professional Arts Learning Series is a year-long professional development program for teaching […]

Portland Timbers Kick Off 2013 Run For The Arts

by March 27, 2013 » Add the first comment.
In response to the question, " Did you have fun with the Portland Timbers?"

On Wednesday, March 20 nearly 75 kids from Lynch Meadows, SW Charter School, Da Vinci Arts Middle School, Hockinson Intermediate, Glencoe, and Capitol Hill Elementary joined staff from Young Audiences to kick-off the 2013 Run For The Arts with members of the Portland Timbers. Students had the rare opportunity to watch a Timbers practice before […]

Visual Arts For the Classroom Teacher

by March 13, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Creating collages

We just completed session two (of three) of our professional development program for classroom teachers. An enthusiastic group of 15 have been working with Larry Verdoorn on ways to integrate visual arts into their classrooms. Since we know what great stories pictures tell, here are a few: It’s been so exciting to see what can […]

Featured Artist: Rachel Närhi

by February 27, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Dancer and Teaching Artist Rachel Närhi.

Dancer, choreographer, Teaching Artist, and fire performer Rachel Närhi may be new to Oregon, but she is no stranger to bringing the joy and discovery of movement to students. Over the last 15 years, Rachel has taught at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Western Washington University, Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Gage Academy, and Arts […]

Featured Artist: Gerardo Calderon

by February 13, 2013 » Add the first comment.
Gerardo with his guitar and a young student hiding behing the flute.

I first met Gerardo Calderon in 2008 while working on a production at Portland’s Miracle Theater. The show, Dos Pueblos, was a collaboration between Portland-based Hand2Mouth and a group of theater artists from Mexico City, and Gerardo was our musical linchpin. Not only was he the perfect go-between, with first–hand knowledge of life in Mexico […]