"We have so enjoyed having Young Audiences on our campus! The teachers and students have had the opportunity to build strong connections to content through creativity. I have had the opportunity to visit four classrooms and the experiences have been amazing – the students are so engaged! Thank you again for coordinating these meaningful experiences for our campus."
Holly Conroy, Principal, French Elementary
"Students were able to catch on to songs very quickly and learned all the words by the time the performance came. They enjoyed singing and they loved Ms. Teacake. The support we received from Young Audiences helped make show day so much more special. The kids were provided lunch and family and friends got to enjoy Kona Ice after the show. It was awesome!"
Keyana Wilson, Children's Program Supervisor, Buckner Family Hope Center
"The flexibility and adjustment to the students' needs day-of programming was a great strength of our YAH workshop. They [students] were particularly stressed to be in school during their spring break and Miss Breaker was able to give them reflective and expressive outlets for them. Miss Breaker was also able to provide 1-on-1 academic and college counseling for one of our attending seniors. She destigmatized and laid out some options for the student to pursue in the short term to set her up for success this coming fall."
Ricki Ayala, Program Manager with Center for Urban Transformation, Wheatley High School
"The kids LOVED the performances and the letters from William Shakespeare! As you see, some even replied and brought them for me to send to Robin Goodfellow. They were especially excited about the books you sent for our library. That was so kind of you! Thank you for all you've done to bring literature to life at Central Elementary in Palacios, Texas. Hope to see you again, next year!"
Ms. Sheila, Teacher at Central Elementary, Palacios ISD
"It [ the workshop ] included everybody (all age groups). It did not require previous knowledge. It was easy to follow and it was a lot of fun for all the people who participated. Everybody was participating from students to teachers. Even the principal came to participate with us. There was a girl with a heavy handicap in a wheelchair and she really had fun listening and clapping. It was the first time I was doing this in school. Everybody had a blast. Many people asked questions about drumming. It was good for everybody from little kids who came with their parents, to the students to adults. Thank you."
Frederique Will, Teacher, Kempner High School, Fort Bend ISD
"I would like to thank you for your help coming to our campus a couple of weeks ago. I was able to visit with her during one of her sessions and was very impressed with the way she taught our students. We really appreciate the support from your organization."
Erik Torres, Principal, Aldine ISD
“Each of our students have a powerful story to tell, and Alief ISD is grateful to be a partner in Young Audiences of Houston’s impactful efforts to provide arts-based learning to Houston youth. YAH’s programs have consistently provided our students with exciting new ways to learn, explore, and grow together while helping them become well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.”
Tameka Abernathy, Alief ISD, Afterschool
"Young Audiences of Houston's programs give students a healthy outlet for expression that they don't always have."
Dr. Don Beck, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Channelview ISD
"Young Audiences Houston has been a marvelous and consistent addition to our programming, especially through our COVID19 adaptations. It was wonderful having programming offered in native languages when it was possible, and through the universal language of music and movement when it was not. Knowing that we have Young Audiences each week always excites our residents, young and old!"
Ronald McDonald House Houston
“Being a mentor felt like a privilege because I was a role model to the student. It meant a great deal to me to be able to help and encourage the students.”
Michelle Mai, 11th Grade, Volunteer High School Mentor
“It was such a wonderful celebration of our partnership with Young Audiences and we look forward to continuing that work together in the coming year.”
Ryan Dolibois, Executive Director, Yellowstone Academy
“From day one the kids were engaged and loved everything about the camp. They wanted to come back each day.”
LaVerne Gilliam, 2nd grade teacher, Yellowstone Academy
“I want to express my gratitude to Young Audiences Houston for its continued support of its teaching artists. I’ve never worked for an organization that went the extra mile the way that Young Audiences does. I really appreciate you!”
Liz Conces-Spencer, YAH Teaching Artist
“As an independent Houston based artist, it was scary to graduate and feel it was up to me to take the next step, and quite frankly, I did not know where that first step would be. When I learned of the Arts for Learning Lab, I was eager to be a part of the program. I felt it was the perfect move to begin my journey. With the help of Valls and the other educators, I found out how important it was to have the skills they taught me to be a teaching artist.”
Bethany Garcia, Artist, Arts for Learning Lab Participant
“I have to confess that I learned more about myself in your 90-minute webinar than any single event in the last 10 years of my life.”
Dan Egger-Belandria, YAH Teaching Artist
“The students really enjoyed the lesson due to the arts integration. Their attention and participation were higher than usual and they were eager to share their ideas with our YAH teaching artist.”
Nancy Andrade, 1st Grade Teacher, Klein ISD
“Our students really embraced this experience and I am proud of each and every one of the them. The teachers were absolutely magnificent! The students had the opportunity to learn different aspects of the African culture, which is awesome.”
Inaies Brown, PK Teacher, Yellowstone Academy
“I had a fabulous visit last night at the Montrose Grace Place with Keisha. She has such an incredible rapport with the youth. It was very hard to believe that this was only their second week together.”
Kittra Hewitt, Harris County Department of Education
“Our YAH teaching artist had fabulous ideas and the kids loved all of the sensory things she brought to teach them the lesson. It added so much more to the lesson. I will start doing that more in my class!”
Ashley Hudek, Pre-K Teacher, Klein ISD
“A critical takeaway I had as a teacher from my experience with YAH is that integrating movement with my students keeps them more engaged in a lesson.”
Maria Trevino, 2nd grade teacher, Klein ISD
“Our teachers would love to do this [Arts Integration Partnership] again and would like to do it throughout the year. They have been very impressed with what their students are able to do when information is shared with them in a different way and they are able to present it in a different way.”
Kathy Rachal, Principal, McDougle Elementary School, Klein ISD
“The After- School Program brought an array of activities and exposure to our young inspiring students. It has truly been a pleasure working with you and the talented artist that you have provided.”
Arlene Kennerson, Testing and Activities Coordinator, Texas Serenity Academy, (Gano Campus)
“Thank you for being such a light to our students!”
Victoria Christensen, Buckner Family Hope Center
"Thank you so much for all you've provided for our students. They've had exposure they may never get in some of their environments, so we are truly grateful for allowing them those experiences and opportunities. Your program has been wonderful and greatly appreciated!!!"
Rondalyn Pointer, Principal, Texas Serenity Academy (Gano Campus)
“We hope to have one of your many artists back at our school in the future. We love having Young Audience actors come out to Becker.”
Parent, The Becker School
“As an educator I am committed to fostering positive, collaborative relationships by cultivating transformational learning experiences in the classroom. In this instance, the experience [ALL] extended into meaningful professional development and collaboration with a theater artist. The residency explored the essential questions: How do organisms interact with each other and their environments? How do they influence each other and how can theater skills contribute to understanding? Some of my students who struggle with academics embraced the activities and created much deeper learning that would not have happened without these interactions. It also motivated my students to independently dive deeper into the content and engage with more enthusiasm.”
Matthew Jefferson, Educator, Arts for Learning Lab Participant
“Mr. Russo is very professional and his calmness has worked very well with our students. The students are always looking forward to doing crafts with Mr. Russo.”
Monica Gilliam, Chancellor Elementary School (Alief ISD)
“The dancers from Dance Afrikana were phenomenal and although students viewed virtually, we knew they were engaged by reactions in different classrooms. The interactive portion also had a high number of participants! Our students were really engaged and listening.”
Felicia Woodard, Thomas KIPP Sharpstown
“Acting and education go hand in hand, and ALL gave me a space to explore that integration. In developing the curriculum, I was challenged to think outside my scope and knowledge of Theatre which ultimately bolstered my relationship with my own craft.”
Catherine Thomas, Educator, Arts for Learning Lab Participant
"My expectations were exceeded! It blew my mind how attentive the students were and how Young Audiences made everything applicable on a level they could comprehend. This project not only helped them identify appropriate behaviors, but also allowed them time to interact with their classmates and demonstrate targeted skill area they needed to improve upon."
Erica Ba, OMEGA Teacher at Dobie High School
“I had the wonderful opportunity of participating in the [Arts for Learning Lab] where I worked with a dance teacher to plan lessons together and we co-taught them in my classroom. Her lessons focused on our poetry unit and my kids absolutely loved it! They learned so much about body and movement, that there’s more than one way to answer a question, and there’s more than one way to demonstrate they understand a concept. They loved being able to get up and move around! They also learned terminology like ‘tableau,’ that they never would’ve learned in a typical classroom. I really feel like the kids benefited a lot from the added instruction!”
Tara Steubing, 5th Grade Teacher, Rylander Elementary School
“Our workshop with Young Audiences of Houston and Vickie Hayes was not only a learning experience for the students, but me as well. The students learned about collaboration and how to apply what we do in the classroom to real life and possible career paths. I myself learned how to better facilitate a large-scale collaboration project. It was so joyful to watch the kids’ excitement throughout this project, it has been months since and they are still talking about it. This workshop has been amazing and one of my favorite projects as a teacher!”
Cristin Hlinak, Visual Art Teacher, South Houston High School
“The partnership with Vickie Hayes and Young Audiences of Houston has allowed the visual arts students at Dobie to be fully immersed in a collaborative endeavor that showcases the entire fine arts program at Dobie. Students have been given a once in a lifetime experience to work alongside a professional artist who inspires, supports, challenges and encourages them both collectively and individually. Their raw artistic talents partnered with their desire to learn have culminated into a dedicated team of students that are driven to make a lasting impact on Dobie's campus.”
Stephanie Albert, Visual Art Teacher, Dobie High School
“Mr. Zo is a wonderful teacher. He’s kind and loving, he enjoys working with children, and he sets firm limits to keep students on task. My daughter looked forward to seeing him each week, and she would be happy to tell me everything she was learning from Mr. Zo. I believe music and creative movement are innate and an essential part of human experience. Dance is one way to combine physical enrichment with art. It builds awareness of the body while also providing a necessary and fun energy outlet. I believe it improves learning and I hope it can be a weekly enrichment class throughout my daughter’s elementary school experience.”
Parent, Field Elementary School
“The students absolutely adore Mr. Zo! He has such a wonderful way of connecting with them. He gained their undivided attention almost instantly by leading a calming yoga session while the kids waited anxiously for their cue backstage. The students were so excited to perform their dance and were proud when Mr. Zo greeted them after the show with cheers and praise!”
Ms. Peche, Field Elementary School
“A huge thank you to Abubakr Kouyate and Young Audiences of Houston for the wonderful drumming residency we had at the Central Library in Conroe! It was an amazing program, very informative and interactive, and the teens loved it. We got a lot of great feedback after this program! We hope to have Mr. Kouyate back at our library some day!”
Aubrey Parker, Montgomery County Memorial Library System
“His music clearly assisted with coping during a painful procedure, facilitated communication between a frightened teen and his doctors, and calmed a young lady feeling overwhelmed but the prospect of yet another operation.”
Carol Marshall, Quality of Life Program Coordinator, Texas Children’s Hospital, Renal Services
“The artists that Young Audiences of Houston provide to the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers bring new experiences to families while waiting for office visits and treatment. Children, both patients and siblings are exposed to a variety of art forms, learn new skills and have the opportunity to have some sense of control during their day. Through these programs patients and siblings are seen as children first and are given experiences that brighten their day. The variety of artists that come here are wide and the skills top notch. As these children grow and finish treatment many talk about the fun things they did and saw while being treated. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from Young Audiences of Houston."
Carol Herron, Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program Coordinator, Texas Children’s Hospital
“I just wanted to let you both know that we were all blown away by our experience yesterday. Both Tony and Luana [Brazilian Arts Foundation Artists] were so friendly and talented and I was really impressed by their skills with working with our students. They were able to quickly read the students and adapt and modify activities for each group. They also quickly incorporated any requests from me or other staff members. The students were all so engaged in every group. They connected with the movements, the music, and the instructors. We couldn’t have been more pleased! Thanks for everything and we would love to have you all again some time!”
Parent, The Monarch School