Since 1958, Young Audiences has provided exceptional arts education to over 20,000 Bay Area students annually. 


We believe a strong case can be made for learning through hands on experience. When watching a musician, a child learns to listen. When learning how to create the music himself, a child grasps the concept of patience. While practicing, each of the child's iterations builds self-discipline and self-reliance. When collaborating with peers, a student utilizes cooperation and demonstrates leadership skills.



To achieve this enhanced learning experience, we select exceptional teaching artists who have spent years building their craft. We connect these community-based artists to teachers to provide in-depth residencies and workshops as well as thought provoking performances. This process evokes a deep understanding of the art itself as well as the ability to implement the skills acquired into other facets of education. 



Fostering creativity transforms the way young people think. Being encouraged to create expands the thought process and opens pathways to deeper thinking. When children express themselves through different mediums and conceive something beautiful and memorable, they are inspired to remain actively engaged within their communities.   



Art demonstrates the importance of interconnected roles and the notion that every person contributes to the whole. This fosters a sense of belonging, and a drive to forge a path and make a difference; it creates an idea of importance to the greater good that carries through all aspects of life.

The residency was utterly amazing. It was one of the best arts experiences I’ve ever seen in a school. I’d like to have our artist in our classroom 365 days a year.
— Liza Young, 5th grade teacher, Washington Elementary School