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Portland Timbers Kick Off 2013 Run For The Arts

by March 27, 2013 » Add the first comment.

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.

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.

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 […]

2013 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest Results

by January 25, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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We are proud to announce the winner of the 2013 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest and recipient of the $350 prize! This year’s winner is Hanna Lee of da Vinci Arts Middle School, with truly outstanding artwork submitted by her and her art teacher, Mary Morris.  As the winner of the contest, her […]

Featured Artist: Lisa Wilcke

by January 3, 2013 » Add the first comment.

Lisa Wilcke didn’t always think of herself as a working artist, despite years of volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Following a degree in Political Science and stints working as a litigation and research assistant in securities and intellectual property law, Lisa put that path on hold to raise her now 22 and 16 year old […]

From the Executive Director

by December 19, 2012 » Add the first comment.
Denis Hickey

Early arts experiences matter. Childhood is all about learning and the arts help us become better learners. Arts help children – and adults – to grow as individuals and as a community. Research on the arts, learning, and the brain demonstrate that the arts merit a place in public education equal to other disciplines.The benefits […]

Win Tickets to See “The Book of Mormon” in Portland

by December 18, 2012 » Add the first comment.

Thanks to a very generous sponsor, Young Audiences has two pairs of orchestra level tickets for the January 1, 2013 production of The Book of Mormon. The national tour of this Tony Award winning musical runs in Portland at the Keller Auditorium for less than a week and tickets are in high demand (last check had […]

Far West Fibers and Young Audiences Award $15,000 for Arts to Beaverton Elementary Schools

by December 13, 2012 » Add the first comment.

For 24 consecutive years, Far West Fibers, in partnership with Young Audiences of Oregon, has worked to bring exciting arts education programming to elementary schools in the Beaverton School District. This year $15,000 was distributed to seven schools in a competitive application process. “Partnerships like these expose children to professional artists and promote increased involvement […]

Featured Artist: Aaron Meyer

by December 11, 2012 » Add the second comment.

Who says sweets aren’t good for you? Motivated by a violin shaped cake, Aaron Meyer took up the instrument at age 5, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has been wowing audiences across the world ever since. As a Concert Rock violinist, Aaron combines the energy of contemporary music with the technical […]