U.S. House and Senate Resolutions Designate March 12-16 National Young Audiences Week
Thursday, March 08, 2012
- Resolutions highlight importance of arts and recognize
Young Audiences’ contributions to arts-in-education -
ATLANTA, March 8, 2012 – Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YA), Georgia’s leading provider of in-school arts-in-education programming, announced that the United States Senate and House of Representatives issued resolutions designating March 12 – 16, 2012 as National Young Audiences Week. The week recognizes the contributions Young Audiences has made through its PreK – 12th grade arts-in-education programs.
The Senate resolution states that “arts education, including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.” The resolution also emphasizes that the arts not only foster academic success, but also support personal growth by developing 21st Century skills, including: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, discipline, and cross-cultural understanding.
“Having the U.S. House and Senate recognize March 12 - 16 as National Young Audiences Week affirms our work to bring art-based educational programs to over 500,000 children per year,” said Charisse M. Williams, president of Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center. “We are celebrating this week by launching a grassroots campaign to raise funds to help us continue delivering literacy programs to Title 1 schools. Through our campaign, the entire community has the opportunity to get behind our work to help transform the lives and learning of Georgia’s young people through the arts.”
On a national level, Young Audiences, Inc. brings 5,000 professional artists to over 6,000 schools and community centers annually with performances, artist residencies and workshops. National Young Audiences Week will be observed around the country by Young Audiences, Inc. affiliates in 20 states, including Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center in Georgia, to promote awareness for its arts-in-education programs.
About Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center
Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center is an affiliate of the nation’s largest arts-in-education organization, Young Audiences, Inc. and Georgia’s leading provider of educational arts programming. Since 1983, Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center has pursued its mission – to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts – by bringing the power of live arts experiences in music, dance, theatre, literary, and visual arts to young people from preschool through high school. Each year the organization’s curriculum-based programs reach more than 500,000 students in schools, recreation centers, libraries, museums, and other community venues throughout the state of Georgia.
About Woodruff Arts Center
Over the past 50 years, The Woodruff Arts Center has distinguished itself as one of the premier cultural centers in the nation, a unique institutional model where individual arts institutions unite to form a collaborative, inspirational, and supportive environment for the arts and education. The Woodruff Arts Center campus, located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta houses four renowned arts organizations - Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences. Since 1968, The Woodruff Arts Center has served more than 30 million patrons and annually offers more than 3,300 performances and exhibitions. In addition to its role as a cultural beacon and hub of the Southeast, The Woodruff serves as a critical economic, educational, and social catalyst for Atlanta and the region. For more information, visit www.woodruffcenter.org.
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