About Us

Young Audiences of Northeast Texas is a 501c3 organization and proud affiliate of Young Audiences Inc., the nation’s largest arts in education learning network, with 30 local affiliates nationwide, five of which are right here in Texas. Since our start in ’97, we have been dedicated to bringing quality arts-in-education experiences into northeast Texas schools. We have a roster of teaching artists who provide performances, workshops, and residencies in visual art, performing and theater arts, music and the literary arts.

Young Audiences of Northeast Texas provides:

  • Opportunities for schools, communities, educators and families to engage in the Arts together.
  • Programs for all age groups and curriculums.
  • Study guides for each performance to maximize the connection between the program and school curriculum.
  • Opportunities for active learning.
  • Highly trained artists to engage students in diverse programs.
  • Professional development for teachers on teaching in and through the arts.
  • Professional development for teaching artists on new program development.

National Young Audiences

Young Audiences Arts for Learning was established in 1952, and is the largest arts in education learning network in the United States, boasting 30 local affiliates nationwide.

YA National was the first organization ever to receive prestigious National Medal of Arts. Awarded in 1994, the White House recognized Young Audiences’ achievements in working with educational systems, the arts community and the public and private sectors to ensure the Arts play a decisive role in the education of young people.

Did You Know?

Children that participate in creative learning are more interested in school, less likely to drop out, and more likely to feel good about themselves and the future.

Studies show that students involved in the arts are:
4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
Partnering with Young Audiences will:
Expose children to the Arts
Challenge and motivate children to achieve
Educate and entertain children
Increase student success!


Amy Baskin – Executive Director

Keira McCreery – Program Coordinator

Susan  McKinney -Communications Director

Hannah Pascual – Teaching Artist

Board of Directors

John Fry III – President
Bonnie Genung – Vice President
Jim Echols – Treasurer


Amy Hayes

Ann Head

Katy Lee

Isaac Ramirez

Darren Richardson

Leslie Ring

Beverly Russell

Teresa Sherman

Mackey Smith

Ivette Zavarce

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