Young Audiences Arts for Learning

ARTS LAB at Silver Bay Elementary in Toms River

THE PEOPLE:

Young Audiences Arts for Learning

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences Arts for Learning serves students in pre-k to grade 12, their teachers and their families to provide the best in arts education for children. In partnership with school leaders and educators, Young Audiences brings arts experiences by professional teaching artists directly to students. By doing so, students of every socio-economic background, geographic area and ability have the opportunity to engage in quality arts learning that nurtures creativity, expands cultural awareness, and fosters the development of critical thinking skills.

Silver Bay Elementary, Toms River

Silver Bay Elementary’s commitment to the students, parents, and community of Silver Bay remains to be at the forefront of their mission. Working collaboratively with the local businesses, the fire department, and having an open line of communication between home and school continues to be their focus. They strive to help develop and build their students’ learning experiences through their community and a student focused environment.

THE IDEA

We met with Young Audiences and loved their ARTS LAB program which harnesses the power of the arts to reduce chronic absenteeism. Young Audiences applied for the ALL KIDS THRIVE grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation so they could establish the ARTS LAB program in Mercer County schools. We agreed to match this $300,000 grant if they received it and they DID!  We then began discussing implementing the program in Toms River. After meeting with Toms River Regional Schools administration and the Young Audiences team, it was decided that Silver Bay Elementary would be the pilot school for the ARTS LAB program!

THE IMPACT

The Young Audiences’ ARTS LAB program will address chronic absenteeism and other classroom and student challenges through unique arts education programs. Their team of professional teaching artists will provide monthly assembly performances that complement academic studies, a long-term dance residency that teaches math and science concepts through movement and choreography, a family arts and creativity program, and a professional learning initiative where a master teaching artist helps teachers integrate the arts into other teaching practice and the curriculum.

THE UPDATE

We are just getting started with Young Audiences’ ARTS LAB in Silver Bay Elementary and are confident the impact will be extremely positive. Updates to come soon!