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In 2015-16, YA and 134 teaching artists provided arts experiences for 186,213 students – delivering 261 performances, 2,617 workshops and residencies in 120 educational sites in 15 NYS counties.

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Artist Spotlight: Almeta Whitis

Almeta Whitis is a storyteller, writer and teaching artist, whose life work involves exploring, presenting, and honoring cultural connections. A member of Just Poets, her poem was featured in Le Mot Juste 2012. She has taught elementary, middle school, and high school teacher, and was a faculty member of SUNY Brockport’s Department of Theater. As Chair of ALLOFUS Art Workshop’s Dance Department, a community outreach program of Memorial Art Gallery and University of Rochester, she expanded a once weekly dance class of eight children to a full program serving over 450 children and adults. In 2000, National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded her “Most Skilled and Experienced Community Artist”-Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium. In 1993, she received from Governor Mario Cuomo the Decade of the Child Award for “her valuable sensitive work with the children and families of New York State”.

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For almost 55 years, Young Audiences of Rochester (YA) has been the premier provider of arts learning experiences in the Greater Rochester region. One of 30 self-supporting affiliates in the national Young Audiences, Inc. network, YA is the catalyst and connection to practicing, professional teaching artists that deliver artistically excellent, academically relevant and educationally effective art programs.


 

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