As the 2018/2019 school year comes to a close, Young Imaginations is proud to have provided music and dance arts education to underserved youth in the Bay Area; as well as under-resourced students in the northern reaches of our state, Siskiyou County.
We've enjoyed a robust program of music/dance instruction within the city of San Rafael; where Hispanic/Latino students received a more well-rounded education as a result of our program. The arts education provided by Young Imaginations expands the focus of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) onto the growing importance placed upon STEAM ('A' stands for Arts) within school districts throughout the state of California.
As a community-based organization, we rely upon, and are deeply indebted to, the support of all individual, foundation, and corporate donations bestowed upon Young Imaginations this past year. We hope to remain a part of your philanthropic giving for the 2019/2020 school year.
With that said, we thank your kind-hearted generosity and ongoing support.
Young Imaginations continues to provide multicultural music and dance instruction to underserved students throughout Bay Area and Northern California elementary schools.
We’re especially pleased with two recent Teaching Artist additions to our program: Ian Dogle and Cynthia Pepper.
When teaching elementary school youth, Ian demonstrates his vast array of indigenous percussion instruments from Africa, South America, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and China. In the classroom, Ian invites students to try out and play instruments so they can have a more tactile musical experience from hearing the sounds and feeling the vibrations they’ve created.
Cynthia has served as The Schools and Community Supervisor for the San Francisco Ballet (2014-2015) and continues on currently as a dance Teaching Artist. Cynthia has taught multicultural dance instruction to thirty-nine Bay Area elementary schools, providing dance education to over 3,000 public school students.
Young Imaginations is very pleased to have such talented Teaching Artists join our team; knowing the highly experienced music and dance instruction skills they bring to students participating in our multicultural arts classes.
As always, Young Imaginations appreciates your ongoing support for the arts as a key component of a well-rounded education, especially in schools where music and dance instruction would not exist without non-profit organizations like Young Imaginations.
Young Imaginations continues to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of under-served youth via music and dance arts education in public schools.
Without Young Imaginations, music and dance arts education would be missing from the classroom curriculum of economically and socially challenged children within local communities.
Our classroom program provides music and dance arts education to between 500 public school children during the school year... primarily youth of Hispanic/Latino heritage (90% of the population we serve).
While our Teaching Artists strive to provide a multicultural arts education that reflects our students cultural heritage, our primary aim is to provide access to music and dance education and the unique benefits it provides school age children: right brain development, a sense of self-efficacy, self-esteem, and for some children, a hidden talent that can later develop into a rewarding career in the arts.
On behalf of the under-served youth who greatly benefit from your donation to GlobalGiving, we at YoungImaginations would like to express our gratitude for the arts education your generosity makes possible.
Across four performances in the month of December - two in Marin County, one in San Francisco, and one in rural Northern California (McCloud) - students as young as four and as old as thirteen will grace their school stages and perform for their families, friends, teachers and communities alike. Our performance teachers - Jules Hilson, Maria de la Rosa, Tsedal Agidew, Marianne Locke, Jerry Moore, and Julie Bennett - have been hard at work since September preparing students for this moment.
The students will dance, they will sing, they will experience the magic of performing! We will be there to cheer them on as many, especially the preschool and kindergarten age group, perform in public for the very first time, and older students continue their yearly ritual of Young imaginations performance.
We are very excited to announce that our programs are coming back on Tuesday, September 5!
This fall, we will be serving a brand new program at Coleman Elementary in San Rafael - all thanks to your support. We will feature expanded programs at San Pedro, Venetia Valley and Short Elementary Schools in San Rafael, Loma Verde Elementary in Novato, and continuing programs at Francis Scott Key Elementary in San Francisco.
We are also very excited to welcome three new teachers to the Young Imaginations family - dancer + DJ Tsedal Agidew, and musicians Jules Hilson and Eva Gonzalez-Ruskiewicz - along with our returning teaching artists: Saideh Eftekhari, Maria de la Rosa, Amy McGrath, and Shannon Wolfe. They are all incredibly accomplished educators and artists and we are very fortunate to have them working on behalf of underserved Bay Area kids.
Many exciting events are to come in the next few months. We look forward to our Winter Sing performances in December - recitals for the children at San Pedro, Short, Coleman and Francis Scott Key, and will be posting more information and annoucement of dates shortly on our website.
Please consider continuing your support for these programs by donating here!
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