Congrats to our friends at Young Audiences
I was thrilled to read in the paper this morning that our friends at Young Audiences will be recognized with an award presented at the White House today. The Indianapolis Star reported that Young Audiences of Indiana president JoEllen Florio Rossebo, will be one of 15 national recipients to receive the “Coming Up Taller” award presented by first lady Laura Bush. They are being honored for their 20-year-old Summer Arts for Youth program.
Day Nursery has been a partner Young Audiences since the inception of a program geared toward preschool audiences, the Young-At-Arts early childhood program. The program was piloted in the Day Nursery centers where our teachers have been learning a great deal about the arts from the artists, while the artists have learned more about best practices in early childhood education from our teachers and administrators.
The Young-at-Arts program provides children ages 3-6 with educational and meaningful experiences in music, dance, theater, and visual arts through age-appropriate workshops and performances. It is based on the principles of young children learning basic math, science, and pre-literacy skills by acting, dancing, and singing. The arts motivate and engage children in learning, stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, enhance symbolic communication, promote relationships, and build competence.
We are grateful for the many opportunities Young Audiences has given our young students over the years and we salute our friends at Young Audiences for their award today.