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Thanks Golfers!

Golf Image for Evite GolfersWithTimA big thank you to the golfers (and wine lovers) who spent a foggy Friday at the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club in San Francisco competing in the second annual Youth in Arts Golf Tournament, hosted by YIA Board Treasurer Tim Distler.

The winning lowest score foursome was comprised of Bobbe Sabella, Ken Christopher, Jeff Stephenson and Tracey Gardner.
The two closest to the pin winners were Gerard Westmiller and Rip Malloy. Lastly, the longest drive winner was JD Cafaro.

The event was sponsored by Troutman Sanders LLP with a host of amazing wineries providing wine for the event and a silent auction. In total the event netted over $5000 in support of Youth in Arts programs for children of all ages and abilities.

If you’d like to donate to support the cause, click here!

Much appreciation to Kyle Haraszthy for securing all the auction donations and for being the perfect sommelier for the guests. And thank you to all the following auction and event donors–please support businesses that support arts for kids!

THANK YOU
Blue Farm
Dunbar Vineyard
Fleury Estate Winery
Haraszthy Family Cellars
Kamen Estate Wines
Kanzler Family Vineyards
Kivelstadt Cellars
Korbin Kameron
Lasseter Family Winery
Lynmar Estate
Martinelli Winery
Mike Macomber
Ovid. Napa Valley
Robert Craig
Terence Chu
Three Sticks
Williams Selyem
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Kindergarten Art is at TOAST!

We are so grateful to TOAST Restaurant in Novato for exhibiting the beautiful portraits of past participants in the Walker Rezaian Creative Hearts Fund Kindergarten Art Project.

Every year Children work so hard to create their portraits as they study line, color, form, and emotion to create these wonderful works of art.

Portraits will be on display until May 30: stop in and take a look!

TOAST for breakfast lunch or dinner, 5800 Nave Drive, Unit G, Novato, CA 94949

self portrait from Bahia Vista School

self portrait from Bahia Vista School

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so many emotions on one wall!

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stop in to see

 

An “Electric Blue” Evening to Benefit Kids Arts

Mill Valley Community Center was lit up “Electric Blue” on Friday by the spirit of generosity from generous sponsors, over 100 event and auction donors and nearly 200 arts-loving partygoers!

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Mill Valley Community Center, dressed up in Blue!

Youth in Arts thanks everyone for being part of a fun and festive night that netted over $50,000 in support for Youth in Arts programs, including a special appeal that raised more than $26,000 for the Arts Unite Us program serving youth with special needs in Marin.

We are so grateful to our sponsors Nancy & Luis Belmonte, Yerba Buena Commons, Entelo, Bank of Marin, Stephanie Lamarre–Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, the Marin Independent Journal and Marin Arts. And we also want to thank our Board of Directors and particularly Events Committee members Naomi Tamura, Devin Dixon, Melissa Jones Briggs, Angela Rafner, Linda Sudduth, Maura Tokarski, Sheila Tuffanelli and Justine Rudman for spending so many hours, weeks and months preparing for the event.

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Miko Lee with special guests Gabriella Calicchio, YIA Founder Joanne Dunn and Marin Superintendent Mary Jane Burke

The evening included silent and live auctions, a special reading of Youth in Arts student work by leaders in Marin County efforts to build more arts into our community, dinner from An Affair to Remember Catering, wines from Rock Wall and White Oak, beer from Moylan’s Brewery, coffee from Nova Rosti, a “dessert dash” game and performances from Youth in Arts `Til Dawn A Cappella and the amazing Pride & Joy, whose electric blues dance music inspired the event theme!

Live auction donors included Playa Restaurant in Mill Valley and the Napa Valley Film Festival, as well as YIA Board Member Devin Dixon. Our silent auction and dessert dash included contributions from over 100 local businesses and several more contributed goods or services to the production of the event. We encourage you to check out the full list of event supporters on our website and to always support businesses that support arts for kids!

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Youth in Arts `Til Dawn A Cappella

Pride & Joy!

Pride & Joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, thank you to all our guests–you really made the night a success with your generous donations and auction bids (and of course with your fabulous dancing!)

We’ve included a gallery of photos below snapped by Curtis Myers (thank you, Curtis!)

The end of the year is almost here–keep watching our blog here for stories from our school sites about all the creativity, confidence and compassion you have helped to support!

Harmony with mentor artist Julia James

This was our first year working with the Special Day class at Rancho Elementary School. Working together in small groups students explored many kinds of art materials over a 10 week residency. Students developed gross and fine motor skills, practiced verbal and communication skills and discovered a variety of ways to mix colors using many different art tools.

Students practiced vocabulary including hard, cold, pointy, soft, fuzzy, cozy, warm, bumpy, smooth, silky, crunchy and crackly!

This was a great introduction to a tactile and colorful experience.

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Connecting to Story = Building Empathy

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By Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Hannah Gavagan

I love teaching the 3rd graders of Cornell Elementary about the stories of Civil Rights Leaders. The students build empathy by imagining what it would be like to live during that time.  It seems like such a long time ago to them. But it wasn’t. And many students express that racism is a thing of the past. But it isn’t.  Sometimes students think that protests and marches were things people did a long time ago to create change. But they are happening today.

The students of Cornell Elementary participated in a school-wide walk out and I was full of gratitude to be able to participate with them. When I walked into the school that morning, it was a sea of orange to honor the students of Parkland, Florida. They held signs that said “Schools Should be Safe” and “Students Stand United Against Hate.”

Students ran up to me expressing how it made them feel powerful to take a stand and make their voices heard. They realized they were change makers. That their voice matters. I was moved to tears as I witnessed lessons sink in and expand their personal power.

Exploring Community with Photography

By Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Jill Hoefgen

This semester in the Canal Alliance University Prep (UP!) advisory groups, we’ve been exploring media literacy and photography. In addition to learning about how to decode advertisement and identify fake news, the students have been practicing photography skills as a way to create and share media from their own perspective.

In April, I introduced the students to Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York photo project and we discussed community, photography, and human connections. Using some of Stanton’s images as a jumping off point, the advisory groups of 7th and 11th graders started their final photography project last week.

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7th graders head out on a photo shoot

 

As we trekked out of the classrooms and into the sunshine, the students expressed trepidations about what they “should” be photographing. I encouraged them to look for color, textures, shadows, lines, and people. Soon they were leading the way through the neighborhood, visiting shops and finding their own subjects to capture with the camera. They often stopped in pairs or individually to take a shot, and I chatted with each student about their photography as we moved along the street. Many of the students used the time to take many pictures, observe the neighborhood homes and businesses, and to explore the different angles to capture the best image.

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When we returned to the classroom, they were energized and were ready to begin creating their own unique photo books, which should highlight their perspectives of the neighborhood.

~Jill Hoefgen

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`Til Dawn and ELM “Somewhere”

31493430_10156349465162679_8611147877856575488_n In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary and to celebrate Dominican University’s Music For All program, Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM) and Youth in Arts `Til Dawn performed a joint concert at Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican University on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Marin County Office of Education Superintendent Mary Jane Burke opened the concert up with praise for both intensive music programs. Youth in Arts award winning teen a capella ensemble, `Til Dawn began the concert with some Motown music, some ‘80’s music, and some jazz standards. ELM performed a selection of classical music from Bach to Mahler. The two advanced youth groups then collaborated on the iconic Leonard Bernstein song “Somewhere” from the musical West Side Story.

“We couldn’t be prouder to host this collaboration to shine a light on two exceptional youth music ensembles in Marin County, in celebration of our University wide initiative to promote inclusivity and equity”  notes June Choi Oh, Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, Dominican University.

A panel discussion followed featuring `Til Dawn Director Austin Willacy, ELM’s Conductor Martha Stoddard, an ELM parent and student, along with YIA student board member Rose Myers and her mom Tanya Myers. Thank you to June Oh
Dominican College, Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts for helping to make this concert possible and to ELM Founder and Pamela Levine Arts Education Awardee Jane Kramer for coming up with the collaborative approach.

Check out our Facebook page for some video of the show.

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