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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 […]

Become a YA Teaching Artist

by January 16, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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We want artists who… are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek […]

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 […]

Featured Artist: Gideon Freudmann

by November 26, 2012 » Add the first comment.

Hometown hero Gideon Freudmann has been teaching with Young Audiences for 11 years (first on the YA roster in Massachusetts then in Connecticut – he still teaches regularly on the east coast – and in Oregon for the last seven year) and blowing up the inter/national circuit with his electric cello compositions and performances. Portlanders […]

Kinder Morgan Supports Young Artists at Beverly Cleary Elementary School

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Representatives from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners visited Beverly Cleary School to watch as the final touches were made on a large mosaic piece for the school entryway. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington teaching artist Mark Brody has been working with Kindergarten and 1st grade students since early November to create the mosaic. This […]