Dear Friends,

If Young Audiences is nothing else, it’s passionate.

For over 70 years, Young Audiences (YA) artists have brought joyful, creative learning into the classroom, inspiring hundreds of thousands of students.

We are on the leading edge of innovative education, driven by our mission to one day ensure that every Maryland child has the opportunity to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

In the last decade alone, YA launched an early learning partnership with the Wolf Trap Institute; expanded in-school services to reach every Maryland county; and grew our Summer Arts & Learning Academy eightfold to reach 2,000 students annually at eight school sites.

We live in the space of possibility—even during a pandemic.

When faced with COVID-19, we envisioned what could be. We fundraised for our artists, who initially lost over $160,000 in expected income. We created a TV show to reach students who were suddenly learning from home and created lesson plans with academic and creative extensions to give teachers and students the tools they needed to truly engage with each episode. We distributed Arts & Learning Snacks—creative art kits for project-based learning at home—to over 20,000 Maryland students. We reached 16,895 students through our inaugural Blacktastic! celebration of Black history and YA teaching artists. We developed a library of over 50 Early Learning videos that provided young children and caregivers with joyful arts experiences. We transformed both the Bloomberg Arts Internship and the Summer Arts & Learning Academy into virtual experiences that maintained the same fun, excitement, and academic enrichment of the in-person programs.

YA’s innovation and drive continue to bring joy, creativity, and connection to students and teachers across the state. And with you—our friends and donors—we’ll keep shaping the future together, no matter what it brings.

Stacie Sanders Evans
President & CEO

SALA from the Screen!

When schools closed last spring, we knew we had to rethink how teachers, students, and caregivers could access our artists' programs. In the Annual Report, you'll read about how we re-imagined and developed new programming to adapt to virtual learning. Below are a couple more!

SALA Goes Virtual

The (Virtual) Summer Arts & Learning Academy gave more than 800 students in grades PreK–5 a fun summer packed with five weeks of creative exploration and arts-integrated learning from the best teachers and professional teaching artists our state has to offer—all online! This program focused on supporting students' emotional and mental health in virtual school “sites.”

Early Learning (Virtual) Access for All

Led by our exceptional, Wolf Trap-trained teaching artists, Young Audiences' Early Learning Week offered five fun-filled days of virtual, arts-integrated programs to delight, inspire, and support key developmental indicators for young children ages 0-6, as well as provide support and tools for their families and educators. More than 2,600 young people participated in the week-long event in early February 2021.

And, from April to June 2021, Young Audiences held Early Learning Access For All —a series of free PreK and Kindergarten early learning programs. The event featured free, any-time access to teaching artist assemblies and week-long Wolf Trap Early Learning Literacy and STEM-based Residencies. In total, more than 5,351 students from 19 counties tuned in.

When schools closed last spring, we knew we had to rethink how teachers, students, and caregivers could access our artists' programs. In the Annual Report, you'll read about how we re-imagined and developed new programming to adapt to virtual learning. Below are a few more!

SALA Goes Virtual

The (Virtual) Summer Arts & Learning Academy gave more than 800 students in grades PreK–5 a fun summer packed with five weeks of creative exploration and arts-integrated learning from the best teachers and professional teaching artists our state has to offer—all online! This program focused on supporting students' emotional and mental health in virtual school “sites.”

Early Learning (Virtual) Access for All

Led by our exceptional, Wolf Trap-trained teaching artists, Young Audiences' Early Learning Week offered five fun-filled days of virtual, arts-integrated programs to delight, inspire, and support key developmental indicators for young children ages 0-6, as well as provide support and tools for their families and educators. More than 2,600 young people participated in the week-long event in early February 2021.

And, from April to June 2021, Young Audiences held Early Learning Access For All —a series of free PreK and Kindergarten early learning programs. The event featured free, any-time access to teaching artist assemblies and week-long Wolf Trap Early Learning Literacy and STEM-based Residencies. In total, more than 5,351 students from 19 counties tuned in.

Past Reports

Young Audiences 2018-19 Annual Report

2018-19 Year in Review

2017-Year-in-Review

2017 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review