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Young Audiences Arts for Learning Joins National Arts Standards Coalition

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May 22, 2013

Young Audiences Arts for Learning has joined the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) as a leadership governance organization. NCCAS, a coalition of national arts and education organizations and other representatives, is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary, researched-based arts education standards. These arts education standards will build on the foundation created by the 1994 standards (and the 2005 Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts), support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, help ensure that all students are college and career ready, and affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum.

Young Audiences Arts for Learning's National Executive Director, David Dik began serving as a consultant to NCCAS in the fall of 2012, helping to guide the work of creating the future interactive web-based home for the new National Standards for Arts Education in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. His organization recently launched a new website that will serve as the online model for the future national arts standards.

“I joined Young Audiences Arts for Learning in July 2010, because I believe we can make a genuine and lasting difference in students’ lives. The national standards work is a logical extension of that mission,” said Dik. “We owe it to educators and students to create rigorous, classroom-useful arts standards and assessments that reflect 21st-century learning and teaching.”

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About Young Audiences Arts for Learning
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning is the nation’s leading source of arts in education services. YA’s mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. This year, our network of 30 affiliates with 5,000 teaching artists reached 5 million children in over 8,000 schools and community centers with 88,000 programs, such as arts-integrated workshops and residencies and professional learning opportunities for educators and artists.

Young Audiences New York (New York, NY), Young Audiences of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA), Young Audiences of Western New York (Buffalo, NY), and Arts for Learning Connecticut (Hamden, CT) are members of the National Guild.

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