Young Audiences of Rochester - Want to be a YA Artist?


“The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself.” - Woody Dumas, former Mayor of Baton Rouge




Young Audiences of Rochester, NY (YA) is pleased to showcase some of its most talented and well-known multi-disciplinary roster-teaching artists in a series of celebratory, fund raising events during May and June to support its Arts Grow Hearts campaign.
Sunday, May 21:
3-5 pm
Admission free

LoveGrams for the Arts
Record Archive Back Lounge
33 1/3 Rockwood Street
Lovegrams for your special someone available for $55 in advance

Thursday, June 8:
5:30-7:30 pm
$40/person (limited space)

Writing for the Arts with Jack Garner
Badfish Consulting
Village Gate 274 N. Goodman Street, Suite 273B                       

Sunday, June 25:
3-4 pm
Tickets in advance by Friday, June 23
only on Paypal
$15 ADULTS; $8   Seniors & Children 12 & under
Circus for the Arts
Edgerton Stardust Ballroom
41 Backus Street, 3-4 pm
$20 Adults; $10 Seniors & Children 12 & under
$10 per person for hands on learning after the show
On May 21, 2017, YA Board member Nancy Johns-Price will host Sights& Sounds for the Arts at Record Archive Back Lounge, 33 1/3 Rockwood Street, from 3-5 pm. The afternoon will feature local singer and songwriter Fatima Razic, who will pay tribute to loved ones by delivering pre-purchased Lovegrams ($55 - at just in time for Mother’s Day. Song choices are also listed on the website. Jeiri Flores, a spoken word artist, will also perform. Beer, wine, cider, and soda are available for purchase. Self-serve Java’s coffee is free of charge. Experience Record Archive, Rochester’s most vibrant and unique shopping destination.  Bring Mom to buy her favorite music or memorabilia then stay and hear her LoveGram performed by FATIMA.

Jack GarnerOn June 8, 2017, Jack Garner will be the guest speaker at a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception hosted by YA Board member Ruth Rosenberg Naparsteck Kron at Badfish Consulting in Village Gate from 5:30-7:30pm. He will share his personal journey related to Writing for the Arts. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at

Garner is Rochester’s Hollywood connection was chief film critic for the Gannett newspapers and staff film critic at the (Rochester, NY) Democrat and Chronicle for 30 years before he retired in June, 2007. He also continues to write for the paper as a freelancer, doing a weekly film and entertainment column, and DVD reviews. And his occasional work as a film and DVD commentator with Rochester's WHAM-TV and 1370 WXXI-AM continues. He began reviewing films at the Democrat & Chronicle in 1977 -- starting with the original Star Wars. In 1987, Garner was appointed chief film critic of Gannett News Service, and his writing regularly appears in Gannett newspapers nationwide, and in journals worldwide. He holds a B.A. degree in journalism from St. Bonaventure and an M.S. from Syracuse University. He joined the Rochester Times-Union in 1970, as a rewrite man on the city desk where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Attica prison rebellion. Jack also serves on the boards of BOA Editions, poetry publishers, and Writers & Books, Rochester’s prominent literary organization. In November 2007, Jack was honored at the George Eastman House as only the second recipient of the museum’s prestigious George Eastman Award. He has been married since 1970 to Bonnie Garner. The couple has three grown children, and four grandchildren.

On June 25, 2017, YA Board member Nancy Johns-Price will host family-friendly fun, Circus for the Arts, at Edgerton Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street, from 3pm to 4 pm. YA teaching artists Doug Rougeux and Nels Ross Cremean will demonstrate bubbleology and juggling skills respectively following the show. Tickets can be purchased at for$20 Adults; $10 Seniors & Children 12 & under. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by Friday, June 23 only on Paypal-$15 Adults; $8 Seniors & Children 12 & under $10 per person for hands on learning after the show.