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Young Audiences has partnered with Waterfront since 2002. Most recently, we have been brought in by Waterfront Elementary and Buffalo Public Schools as a certified vendor to support their 3-year School Improvement Grant (SIG) goals. This year’s SIG programming includes three full grade residencies: Phonics Program with Jenny May for Kindergarten, Building Steam with Alex Fernandez for the sixth grade and the Sherlock Holmes Method of Writing with Melissa Kate for the seventh graders. Waterfront’s eighth graders will be participating in our incredible Underground Railroad residency headed up by lead teaching artist Annette Daniels Taylor and the entire first grade will be participating in the Young Audiences national arts and literacy program: Arts 4 Learning. Later on this spring, Waterfront will enjoy a free creatively Green Family arts festival courtesy of NRG and Young Audiences.

Our longest-term whole school partnership is with Holland Elementary, where we have been working since 2002. Holland is a uniquely strong partner in that even after loosing New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) funding 4 years ago, they work every year to raise thousands of dollars through PTA fundraisers. That, along with their BOCES allocation, has allowed them to seamlessly continue almost a full school partnership with us. This year, PTA support has extended to the Jr./Sr. high school where they are hosting a joint residency between the art teacher, CAD (tech) teacher and our STEAM specialist, Alex Fernandez. Along with our fourth grade Erie Canal residency, third grade Origami workshop with veteran artist Kyoko Roszmann and Mandela making with Jen Russo and the Kindergarten, Holland is partnering with Young Audiences to support the national Arts 4 Learning program with their first graders this spring.