Get Involved

Join Our Board

Young Audiences’ board of directors is committed to development of the board of directors just as we are to the staff, artists and programming partners of the organization.

We are always looking to strengthen our board by diversifying the skills, work, volunteer, and life experience of our board of directors.

 

This year we are looking to better represent the community we serve by better aligning to the demographics of the youth we serve in the eight counties of Western New York.  This means we are looking for the following:

  • Individuals representing the eight counties.  We currently have 9 members living in Erie County.

  • Individuals representing the demographics of those we serve.  We currently serve 52% White, 32% Black or African American, 11% Hispanic, and 5% Asian, Native American or Multi Ethnic.  Our board is composed of 57% White, 28% Black, 14% Asian, Native American or Multi Ethnic.  20% of those we serve are disabled or have special needs, and 7% of our board have disabilities.

  • Accountant, Attorney, MBA, and human resources professionals

  • Educator/ Community/ Social Services experience

  • Previous experience in leading major donor initiatives

  • Individuals who are retired and/or have free time with which to volunteer their time

  • Strong corporate network connections

  • Previous Board Experience

 

We meet with individuals interested in serving with Young Audiences throughout the year, and elect new board members and fill our committees in June annually.  If you are indeed interested in serving Young Audiences, please submit the enclosed service interest form with a resume or biography to beth@yawny.org

Employment Opportunities

Young Audiences is the leading arts-in-education organization in the 8 counties of WNY. We accomplish our mission through working with professional artists to engage young people in creative learning opportunities, so that they might become extraordinary adults. A sustainable and growing nonprofit organization, we are celebrating 50 years of service and are one of 30 affiliates in 22 states. We provide programming in schools and community centers in the visual, literary, media and performing arts, in multi-year long-term collaborations, residencies and workshops. A key strategy and growth area is working with young people living in geographically remote communities and/or involvement with the juvenile justice system.

To apply for any employment, volunteer, or intern opportunities, please see descriptions listed below:

ArtWorks Assistant Coordinator, Temporary & Part-time

ArtWorks will be conducted in a fully in-person format, where safety guidelines will be in place including
regular sanitizing and mask requirements. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it is possible
the session may be forced to transition to a virtual format. Sessions taking place in person will be held
at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and any necessary virtual sessions will be through Zoom or
Google Meets. Preferred applicants will have a strong interest in teaching, prior experience with Young
Audiences or other youth programs, and/or extensive training within a specific art form. Applicants with
1-year experience in some form of trade school or higher education are preferred. An interview and
professional references are required.

● Must be at least 20 years of age.
● The salary will be $15 per hour.
● The Assistant Coordinator will work 28 hours per week, Monday - Thursday, from July 12 -
August 20, 2021.
● The daily starting time will be 9:00am and the daily ending time will be 4:00pm, unless otherwise
specified. Exceptions will be made for staff meetings.
● The Assistant Coordinator is expected to participate in a paid day of training during the week of
July 5-9th, 2021.

ArtWorks Assistant Coordinator Application Due: Friday, June 25, 2021, by 4:00pm
ALL of the following materials must be received via email, fax, or mail by Friday, June 25, 2021, by 4:00pm for your application to be accepted for consideration:
● A professional resume, including all educational and professional arts experiences
● One written recommendation letter from a professor or employer
● A brief letter of interest


Applicants whose materials are received past the deadline or are incomplete will NOT be considered.

Return materials to: Beth Ireland, Director of Development & Marketing Director
Address: Young Audiences, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 881-0917 Email: beth@yawny.org Fax: (716) 408-3279

Advocacy

Why is arts education important? Do you know enough to advocate? 

Read on for 5 facts about Arts Education that will help you build your expertise.

1. Art teaches creativity

Something so simple is also overlooked! Businesses today are demanding highly skilled, creative and independent thinkers. These same skills are taught and practiced regularly through arts disciplines. Creative thinking is, at its most basic, the ability to synthesize information in multiple ways. This leads to the innovation and scientific discovery that advances business and culture in wonderful ways.

 
2. Art in school foster better student attendance

Students who are involved in the arts are 3 times more likely to win an awarded for school attendance.

“This one day I was going to stay home sick from high school was the same day our school’s select chorus was scheduled to sin on the radio. Stormin’ Norman, I couldn’t miss that! So yes, i earned 4 years perfect attendance and the credit goes entirely to my music and drama classes.”  – former student, current teaching artist

 
3. Early arts engagement impacts college graduation

Students from low-income families who have sustained engagement in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate from college as peers who have not arts education.

 
4. The arts are core curriculum

48 states have adopted national standards for learning in the arts. There is no excuse for not making the arts part of the regular learning day in school.

 
5. The arts are not equally represented in schools

88% secondary schools do not offer dance
96% elementary schools do not offer theater
11% secondary schools do not offer visual arts
6% elementary schools do not offer music (Note: this is not equivalent of 1.6 million elementary students who do not have access to music instruction)

The arts are vital to our young people. Take these facts and talk to your school representatives about ways to support bringing arts deeper into the school. Help Young Audiences help every child receive access to the arts.

 

These facts and more can be found at Americans for the Arts.