Youth in Arts is innovating everyday – and now has a new digital learning platform! At YIArts.COR, we have fully digital visual and performing arts programs education opportunities to reach all learners.
Want to learn more? Join us tomorrow (Friday, 10/23) for a virtual launch party and open house hosted by our Board of Directors. The event lasts from 6 to 7 pm. Pacific time, and attendance is FREE! To come, click here: https://youthinarts.tofinoauctions.com/boardopenhouse/homepages/show
You’ll also have a chance to create a Get Out the Vote poster with Mentor Artist Suzanne Joyal.
Can’t make the event? No problem! Learn more at www.yiartscor.com.
YIArts.COR (Creative Online Resource) is a one-stop shop to find arts programs that fit your needs. Looking for an art lesson on flowers for your 2nd grade classroom? You’ll find it here. How about a dance lesson to get your fourth grader moving? You’ll find it here.
“We’re so excited to celebrate YIArts.COR, as we’ve been working tirelessly to make it the best it can be,” said Executive Director Kristen Jacobson. “Youth in Arts may be considered a small, community-based organization; but we have a BIG solution to keep arts in the school day for students, schools and families.”
Youth in Arts was one of the first arts education nonprofits in the Bay Area to pivot to distance learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic school closures. With regular, in-person school hours limited, Youth in Arts is using YIArts.COR to reach students wherever they are – at home or in class. Already we are teaching more than 4,000 students online in San Rafael and other districts.
“Teaching online has allowed us to extend our programming beyond what we could have dreamed of,” Jacobson said. “While it isn’t the same as being in class, it is vital that students have a way to express themselves and share their voices during these challenging times.”
YIArts.COR provides access to streamlined, virtual arts education courses comprising different forms of digital engagement. The courses include sequential lessons that build on skills learned the previous week. Each course includes at least four lessons on topics such as Exploring Personal Narrative Through Dance; Seeds and Flowers; and Playful Shapes. Individuals and families can engage with courses on the platform anytime from anywhere. Beyond that, entire classrooms and schools can access longer, more in-depth digital courses uniquely tailored for their group by the Youth in Arts team.
“This program enables Youth in Arts to reach far beyond Marin with its programs,” Jacobson said. “We are emboldened to expand our impact by upholding a belief that is central to our mission: Every student has a right to their own creativity. Youth in Arts is here to make sure that happens.”