Expanded Arts Access

Extending the Reach of Arts Education

Expanded Arts Access Programming brings accessible and inspiring arts learning opportunities to young people who would otherwise not be reached, from students learning in hospitals; hospital schools, and homeless shelters; to students learning at schools that lack day-time arts instructors. YAMA staff works closely with site-partners to develop or adapt programming that meets the unique needs of each student population.

Our free and subsidized programming includes:

  • Assembly Programs – Adaptive interactive performances for larger audiences that introduce an art form within its cultural context

  • Year-long Residency Programs – Weekly, hour-long, participatory workshops for sites that lack access to regular in-school arts programming

  • Custom Residencies – Progressive, hands-on workshops building toward a culminating event or completed work,  arts learning residencies can be customized to introduce a specific art form or as a special project to use an art form to meet a specific learning objective.

Expanding Horizons Through Music

Our literacy-through-music residency program which helps to close the kindergarten-preparedness gap for students experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. 

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Friday Arts at Gardner Pilot Academy

Our pilot Expanded Arts Access residency program, Friday Arts was delveoped with a school that lacked an arts department but sought arts learning for its entire student population. The program offers a series of yearlong, weekly arts learning residencies in dance, music, theater, and storytelling that provide standards-based, student-centered, direct arts instruction for 400 K-8 graders. 

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Healing Arts For Kids

The founding initiative of Healing Arts for Kids provides residencies, workshops, and performances for students learning in hospitals, hospital schools and other special needs environments. 

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An artist-in-residency program in which high school students learn to perform true personal stories from their lives for their peers. Residencies culminate in school-wide “Story Slam” competitions, and winners go on to compete at the citywide level. This program prepares students to write personal essays and perform strongly in job interviews. Now available for middle school students throughout Massachusetts.

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Custom Arts Learning Residencies

Our custom arts learning residency programs at schools that value the arts but lack access to arts instructors on staff, bring students sequential, fully-inclusive workshop sessions and performance opportunities.

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All Healing Arts for Kids and Expanded Arts Access programs are supported through the generosity of foundations and individual donors. Help us expand arts access in Massachusetts.