March 25 – April 7, 2018


Young Audiences of Western New York is proud to announce that National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week will be held March 25 – April 7, 2018. Young Audiences Week will celebrate the many contributions Young Audiences of Western New York has made to schools and students in the Western New York community through arts-in-education programs.

The two-week celebration will be observed across the Young Audiences network of 30 affiliates in 22 states. Participating affiliates will host arts-integrated programming and special events in schools and community venues to raise awareness of Young Audiences and spotlight the importance of arts-in-education. 

“Young Audiences Week showcases the strong impact of the arts on education and we are excited to celebrate with the children and families we serve. We are fortunate that Young Audiences Week falls during Spring Recess this year, which runs April 1 – April 7. We will be offering free programming for kids all week long in the form of workshops and performances at the Downtown Library,” said Michael Weidrich, Executive Director of Young Audiences of Western New York. 




Save the Dates!


Week 1

Young Audiences Week Press Conference: 
A press conference will be held to kick-off Young Audiences Week on Tuesday, March 27 from 10am – 11am at the Ring of Knowledge in Buffalo’s Downtown Library with special performances by Van Taylor and Melissa Kate. Guest speakers will include Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director of the Buffalo & Erie County Library, Paul Kubala, Erie County Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services, and Michael Weidrich, Executive Director of Young Audiences of Western New York. Proclamations will be issued by United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Brian Higgins, Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, and Buffalo Common Council Member David A. Rivera. 


Teaching Artist Happy Hour: 
Where: Hamlin House, 432 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
When: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm


Week 2

All events will take place in the Kids Space at the Buffalo & Erie County Library,
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203


Monday, April 2

Mother Goose on the Loose
Cindy Hanna, 10:30-11:15 am


Tuesday, April 3

What’s Your Super Power?
Victoria Perez, 10:30-11:15 am


Wednesday, April 4

Possibilities with Puppets
Jance Spagnola, 10:30-11:15 am


Paper Plate Collage
Gerald Mead, 12:00-12:45 pm


Thursday, April 5

Play in a Day
The Wondermakers, 1:30-2:14 pm


Friday, April 6

Nature, Art, and Electronics All Together
Mette Hatta, 1:30-2:30 pm


Building Character through Caricature
Jeremy Stock, 2:00 – 2:45 pm


Saturday, April 7

Mark Making
Fotini Galanes, 11:30-12:30 pm