Signature Core Service or Program – Any Young Audiences program, including but not limited to, workshops, residencies, performance demonstrations and assemblies, and teacher training, that incorporates four signature (essential) elements: experience, understand, create, and connect.

Arts focusedprovides the opportunity to experience an art form and the artistry necessary to achieve excellence

Child centered – focuses on the needs of the students, rather than those of others involved in the educational process, such as teachers and administrators

Outcome driven – designs program content and evaluation so that goals and objectives outlined by the artists are able to be articulated or demonstrated by the students

Measurably effective – offers a process of review and assessment for all participants (students, teachers and artists) that clearly demonstrate if the outcomes have been met. We use both formative (which is frequent and on going) and summative (which is completed at the end) assessments. The formative assessment is used to inform program improvement and the summative assessment measures the effectiveness of the program.

Four Essential Elements (all of which must be present in any signature core service) include Experience, Understand, Create, Connect.

Experience – A signature service will include an experience with the art form delivered by professional artists and will give participants the opportunity to interact with the work(s) of art…

See, Hear, Touch, Do

Understand – A signature service will illuminate the art form through its cultural context, creative processes, and artistic expression…

Identify (illuminate), Recognize, Articulate, Demonstrate

Create – A signature service will engage participants in the process of creating and empower them to make artistic choices…

Visualize, Choose, Design, Make

Connect – A signature service will enable and encourage participants to link program content to personal experiences, other academic learning, and/or life skill development…

To Themselves, Their Learning, Their Community

21st Century Outcomes

The skills, knowledge and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century, including specific core subjects, 21st Century themes, and a set of skills (available at

In designing and/or realigning Young Audiences Signature Core Services, the skills that we use are the Learning and Innovation Skills of Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication

Critical Thinking includes:

  • Resourcefulness: Learning in different ways.
  • Reciprocity: Able to learn alone and with others.
  • Reflectiveness: Becoming more strategic about learning.
  • Resilience: Being ready, absorbed, and persistent in learning.

Creativity includes:

  • Fluency: the production of a great number of ideas or alternate solutions to a problem. Fluency implies understanding, not just remembering information that is learned.
  • Flexibility: the production of ideas that show a variety of possibilities or realms of thought. It involves the ability to see things from different points of view, to use many different approaches or strategies.
  • Originality: the production of ideas that are unique or unusual. It involves synthesis or putting information about a topic back together in a new and way.
  • Elaboration: the process of enhancing ideas by providing more detail. Additional detail and clarity improves interest in, and understanding of, the topic.

Communication is a process by which we assign and convey meaning in an attempt to create shared understanding. While there are many skills involved in communication, the outcomes of Signature Core Services focus on two comprehensive skills, which include:

  • Articulation: able to clearly state thoughts and ideas through speech, writing or drawing
  • Interpretation: able to make sense of, draw conclusions from or give new meaning

Signature Core Services use both Formative assessment and Summative assessment to measure effectiveness of our programs

Formative Assessment Frequent and ongoing assessment, completed en route to mastery; ongoing assessment could be considered as “checkpoints” on students’ progress and the foundation for feedback given – the most useful assessments teachers (teaching artists) can provide for students and for their own teaching decisions. It is used to inform program improvement 

Summative Assessment – Completed after the learning experiences; usually requires students to demonstrate mastery of all essential understandings, though they can be explored over several different tasks. It measures the effectiveness of the program.


Young Audiences WNY works with our national network of 31 affiliates to offer programs united by the Signature Core Elements.  Our artists and staff have been trained in this model.  THe following artists offer residency programs based in this model: Annette Daniels Taylor, Nancy Baun, Brill & Baczkowski, and Melissa Kate.