Award-Winning Program Taking Root in Williamsburg

Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia's Curriculum Plus Program

Williamsburg, VA- Thanks to a generous grant from The Williamsburg Community Foundation, local students will be among an elite group being given the opportunity to experience a 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award program.

Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia Curriculum Plus program has gained national recognition for its positive outcomes. Curriculum Plus connects K-12 students with core curriculum concepts and the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) by providing arts-infused, educational performances and workshops with professional performing and teaching artists. The YAV roster features a diverse group of professional teaching artists with a variety of performance mediums, including storytelling, theater, music and dance from around the world.

This program boasts impressive results including, 100% of pre-Kindergarten students showed marked improvements in phonemic awareness, 92% of 5th grade students showed improvement in multiplication and division of fractions and 89% of 4th grade students showed improvement in reading comprehension.

Seeing the transformative, intrinsic power of the Curriculum Plus program, The Williamsburg Community Foundation awarded a grant totaling $2,297 to Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia for the program's implementation in Williamsburg. The grant was presented at a Grant Award Luncheon on Wednesday, April 13 at Noon at Ford's Colony Country Club.

Young Audiences - Arts for Learning - Virginia is the leading provider of high quality arts-in-education programming in Virginia. We offer an array of arts performances and workshops grounded in Virginia's core curriculum, residencies for children of all ages, and professional development for teachers in arts-integration techniques that improve students' literacy skills, motivation to read, and ability to learn. Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit.

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