With continued growth, Youth Experiencing Art, Inc. now has three discrete initiatives for serving Sarasota youth:
- Community Collaborations
- Students With Special Needs
- Teacher Initiated Arts Integration Projects
Community Collaborations: These are programs with a focus involving multiple organizations to create a broad spectrum of art experiences. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is sponsoring “Legends and Lore – The Gift of Family Connections”. YEA Arts is underwriting Florida Studio Theater to hold in-classroom workshops which utilize improv techniques for creating a safe environment to explore relationships. Florida Studio Theater will produce a school time performance at their theater to which all students participating in this program will be invited. The focus is to establish a professional event much like the Sarasota Ballet’s Anna Frank was to Hidden Children of the Holocaust.
Combined with the Ringling College student-artists’ residencies, Sarasota school students will have the opportunity to express themselves in multiple art forms. As in previous years, the partnership continues with Embracing Our Differences as a link to tie the lessons of the Holocaust and tolerance across multiple grade levels and to current events.
With this program YEA Arts has moved into High School as well as middle, elementary, and pre-school facilities. We have 17 Ringling College student-artists working with FST in 17 classrooms at Gocio, Southside, and Phillippi Shores elementary schools; Booker and Phoenix Academy middle schools and Goldie Feldman and Booker high schools.
Students With Special Needs: Building on past success of projects in Oak Park School for physically and mentally handicapped students, the program is being expanded into the autism cluster at Fruitville Elementary school. This season will have three Ringling College student-artists at Oak Park and four at Fruitville Elementary. Kennedy Center trained teaching artist, Amy MacDonald will be working with YEA Arts on developing a program to focus on Arts and Autism.
Teacher Initiated Arts Integration: The programs utilizing Ringling College student-artists to co-develop and co-teach with Sarasota school teachers in extended classroom artist residencies, continues to bring innovation, excitement, and new approaches to the classrooms. This season will have 10 Ringling College student-artists working in 10 classrooms at Children First, Gocio Elementary, Emma E Booker Elementary, Bayshore Elementary, and Phoenix Academy,
With 35 Ringling College student-artists classroom residencies, three Florida Studio Theater workshops in each of 20 classrooms, live performance opportunities and book publishing, it looks like another banner year. The next newsletter will highlight Ringling College student-artists and project descriptions.
Youth Experiencing Art, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation serving Sarasota kids who have limited resources, but endless curiosity. Please consider us as you make your philanthropic decisions. This organization if funded entirely by grants and private donations.