Young Audiences, Inc.

Funded in March, 2006: $50000 for 2 years
With Dana Foundation funding, Young Audiences aims to produce 40-50 classroom-ready, No Child Left Behind-compliant, literacy-through-arts "Lesson Packages." Each Lesson Package will consist of Lesson Plan(s) and guidelines for teaching artists, along with "Lesson Extensions" featuring artist and cultural provider programs that add value to the Lesson and its grade-specific outcomes. Both Lesson Plans and Extensions will utilize through-arts strategies to enhance literacy among 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Funding will also support professional development for artists and teachers in New Jersey, Cleveland, and Oakland/Alameda County; and the formal evaluation of 15-20 Lesson Extensions in the three locations.