“Every single one of us immediately began thinking about how we could apply this to our practice.” -Participant, 2014 APL training

Young Audiences Arts for Learning and Young Audiences of Western New York offered the second Buffalo Emerging Leaders Institute, July 2015

“Before you can effectively lead others, you must learn how to be an effective leader for yourself. The assessments and discussions we participated in at the Buffalo Emerging Leaders Institute really helped enhance my perspective and understanding about evaluating strengths in order to develop and promote a positive, efficient and productive personnel structure for our staff.” -Shane Hawkins, executive director, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts

Through the community wide Arts Partners for Learning, professional development and networking opportunities for educators, artists, and cultural educators will be provided. Professional Development Forums will take place in Winter and Spring 2016.

If you are a teaching artist, afterschool provider, or educator looking to participate in one of Arts Partners for Learning or Young Audiences’ upcoming professional development events please e-mail the Education Coordinator, Jennifer Siepierski at inschool@yawny.org


We can also bring the professional development to you.

Consider bringing an artist in to illustrate how the arts may expand teaching practices and learning across curriculum. Workshops are for classroom teachers as well as arts specialists and can enhance instruction in non-arts subjects such as English or Social Studies or offer in-depth exploration of an art form for art teachers. Contact our office to discuss creating a customized program.

Click through here to download a printable pdf compilation of some of our outstanding professional development programs.

Professional development programs to bring into your school or workplace:

Art of Collage or Portfolio Development with Gerald Mead

Build Net Mirth in the Workplace with In Jest with Nels Ross Cremean

Civic Engagement or Visioning Power of Mandalas or Essence of Chinese Art with Manya Fabiniak

Communication Through Music with Melissa Kate Project

Drumming with Miriam Minkoff

Enhanced Communication Through Improvisation Workshop with Defiant Monkey

Hands on Arts with Kristen Crosson

Hip-Hop Dancing  or Salsa Dancing with Sarah Haykel

Jazz It Up! with Reynold Scott

Kite Making with Meg Albers

Memoirs and Performance with Annette Daniels-Taylor

Poet’s Intensive with Melissa Kate

Save the Teacher! with Jen Russo

Theater Workshops with PUSH Physical Theatre

Writing Workshop or Yoga and Poetry with Sherry Robbins



Breaking Down Barriers: 4th Annual Patricia Cotsen Arts Abilities Conference from Young Audiences on Vimeo.