The Winter Forum scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016 has been cancelled due to low registration. Arts Partners for Learning and Young Audiences Western New York would like to thank our presenters, supporters, volunteers, partnering organizations, and the Buffalo Zoo for their assistance in organizing the event. Information about future opportunities will be shared once plans are confirmed. Please contact with questions or suggestions for future professional development.



Young Audiences in conjunction with Arts Partners for Learning will host a professional development forum to discuss how the Western New York community is “Reaching Youth Through Innovation.” Session topics will focus on social and emotional intelligence, health and wellness, STEAM programming, creative thinking in the classroom and workforce, youth entrepreneurship, digital media arts, and arts integrated education.

We invite teachers, educators, afterschool providers, arts and cultural organizations and human service providers to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to network with community members who are entrusted with the care, education and development of youth across the region; experience hands-on workshops; and learning sustainable, relevant tools to use in the field.

Conference participation contributes to the 175-hour requirement for NY State Professional Development Standards. All necessary documentation will be provided.

A discounted admission rate of $5 to the Buffalo Zoo will be available to conference participants and their families.  Gates open at 10:00 am. Tickets can be purchased when registering for the conference.  

Presenters Include:

  • Nicole Ball: Tapestry Charter School, Literacy Specialist
  • Alex Fernandez: Yahoo!/ STEAM Consultant, Interweb Consulting
  • Miriam Kelley: Board Member (Education and Outreach), WNY Invention Convention
  • Kevin Kline: Squeaky Wheel, Director of Education
  • Marissa C. Lehner: Young Audiences of Western New York, Teaching Artist
  • Jeremy Stock: Young Audiences of Western New York, Teaching Artist

Keynote Speakers:

  • Diann R. Takens: Peace of the City, Executive Director
  • Megan McClain Kwacz: Peace of the City, Shakespeare Comes to 716: Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator:

 Click here for descriptions of each workshop and the Keynote Presentation.

WHERE: Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

REGISTRATION: Tickets will be $50 standard, $30 for partners, and $20 for artists, students, and cultural employee pass holders.

To register visit:


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Arts Partners for Learning is a community initiative managed by Young Audiences of Western New York. The Arts Partners for Learning Professional Development Forum is made possible with support from the Buffalo Zoo, Current Catering, Erie County, Fund for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts.

ABOUT YOUNG AUDIENCES: Young Audiences of Western New York’s mission is to make the visual, performing, and literary arts a part of young people’s lives in order to enhance their development as creative and productive human beings. They provide services in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. Every day, they fulfill their mission through performances, workshops, and residencies in educational, cultural and community centers. Young Audiences of Western New York celebrated 50 years of service in 2013.