March 15 – 21, 2015

“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.” – President Barack Obama8591363669_d1b52881a2_o
  • The United States Senate and House of Representatives issued resolutions in 2012 designating a week in March annually as “National Young Audiences Week.”

Read the resolution.

  • YA Week honors the contributions Young Audiences programs have made in enriching the lives of students, teachers, volunteers, families, and communities nationwide.
  • 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 supports personal growth by developing critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity, discipline, and cross-cultural understanding.
“Arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills . . . which supports academic success nationwide as well as personal growth outside the classroom” – The United States Congress


Imagine what we do in one week . . . all of the artists, art forms, and locations – This is a sampling of how we are connecting with children March 15-21


Buffalo Architecture Foundation, Inc., Aitina Fareed Cooke, Colin Coots, Kristen Crosson, Differential Flava Crew, Alex Fernandez, Sarah Haykel, Melissa Kate Miller, Reynold Scott, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Inc., Annette Daniels Taylor, and more

Art forms:

Architecture, Creative Writing, Digital Music, Hip Hop Dance, Jazz Music, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Salsa Dance, Spoken Word, Theater, and Website Design


Buffalo Public School # 33 Bilingual Center, Buffalo Public School # 95 Waterfront Elementary School, CAO-21st Century-McKinley, CAO-21st Century-PS 17, Heritage Centers After School, O. Brumsted Elementary, People Inc. – Belle Center, People Inc. – YALT, Tonawanda MS/HS, and more


Join us on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Downtown Library for a special presentation. We will showcase a variety of art forms by young people who participate in our after school programs


Highlights from Last Year13451705714_afcef7ccd3_o

“I’ve been a supporter of Young Audiences for a couple years now, and I think it’s money well invested on the part of the city,” said City of Buffalo Council Member David Rivera, who spoke at last year’s celebration. “I wish we had more resources to provide for the programs that you are providing.”

Last year’s event also included a moving speech by a teenager whose life was changed from participating in Young Audiences programming. “I am now colorful and vivid, with happy blazing emotions… I feel I could change my community,” he said.


Young Audiences Week Celebration is made possible with generous support from Current Catering.